Oak Creek won't redo plan

Instead, town will focus on steps toward smart regrowth

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The community of Oak Creek in southern Routt County is growing rapidly but is having difficulties managing and funding the expansion.

— It isn't feasible to overhaul Oak Creek's comprehensive plan, officials agreed Wednesday night.

Still, there are several areas of the plan that need to be revisited and amended to reflect the town's changing economy and population, Town Board members said.

The two-hour-long meeting at Oak Creek Town Hall - which included members from the Oak Creek Planning Commission and Oak Creek Town Board, a Colorado Department of Local Affairs representative and Routt County Planning Commission President Mary Alice Page-Allen - was the first step the town has taken to gauge community interest in updating the town's semi-outdated comprehensive plan.

Several months ago, the Oak Creek Town Board determined it needed to revisit the town's plan, which defines how the town wishes to grow in the future, in the face of several looming annexation proposals.

The last comprehensive plan was published in 1997. At the time, the plan was supposed to be revisited every year and updated every five years, which has not happened.

Board member and Planning Commission Chairman Chuck Wisecup said he did not feel the comprehensive plan is out of line with what the town envisioned 10 years ago.

"It's still a guidance document," he said. "It's not regulatory. My concern is that we need to update our land use codes and our capital improvement plan. All the tools we need are in place - we just need to address the gray areas."

Wisecup said the comprehensive plan hasn't been updated because of a lack of adequate town staffing and high turnover rates among town officials.

On Wednesday, Andy Hill, a representative from DOLA's Office of Smart Growth, presented crucial information at the meeting designed to help focus the town's objectives and begin exploring ways to proceed with the arduous task of updating the plan.

After discussion, most people agreed the town could not afford to rewrite the plan because of what it would cost. Instead, officials said the town needs to address annexation policies, affordable housing and how to bring in and support "light industry."

"All I can do is offer you my advice," Hill said. "Ultimately, it's up to the elected and appointed officials to figure out how close to the vision you all have about your community you'll get and what's appropriate."

Officials agreed Wednesday's meeting was the first of many to address the town's future. The community is encouraged to attend the meetings and provide input.

- To reach Alexis DeLaCruz, call 871-4234

or e-mail adelacruz@steamboatpilot.com

Comments

Slapper 7 years, 5 months ago

Only one person knows all. Every thing is perfect.

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whyquestion 7 years, 5 months ago

"deficit" cargo strikes again???? when will oak creek pursue its money from the perps?????? would everyone who voted for "deficit" cargo donate enough dollars to put services back at year 2000 levels?????

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cantstandit 7 years, 5 months ago

Wait till us Oak Creek folks have to pay our portion of the new sewer lines from the street to our house! GOD HELP US ALL!!! It will cost about more than everyone expects, and then double that!!

Thanks for nothing Cargo!!!!

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cargo 7 years, 5 months ago

You have no clue what you are talking about. CCCD (the Colorado Center for Community Developement) said they would be happy to help with a new comp plan for little or no cash match. The Board knows this but has chosen not to go that route. ALSO>>>If we had transferred the same amounts as the Boards before us from the enterprise funds to the general fund (which is what the sitting Board just did) we would NEVER have been in deficit. The enterprise funds are healthy or they would not have been able to make the transfer. And, fools, you will only have to pay from your house to the main IF your lateral is bad.If it's on your property it's your responsibility. Why question - in 2000 Oak Creek was wasting 2/3 of their TREATED water. Now we have a state of the art axia microfiltration system that wastes nothing. Oak Creek is under a State mandate to upgrade it's wastewater system. That mandate was given to the Town BEFORE I was ever elected. Check with CDPHE on the date it was issued. I did all I could do to try to help Oak Creek. What the hell have you done besides non-stop bitching? The long time residents of Oak Creek and the surrounding areas know.....you never will.

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oofcboy 7 years, 5 months ago

I have an ideal lets put in a putt-putt course and a driving range ,fish tournaments,build the ski area at stagecoach the lift lines have been cut out buy some steamboats lifts or kilington Iheard their for sale

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JQPUBLIC 7 years, 5 months ago

Once again the ex-mayor is trying to take all the credit for something that fell into her lap.... the water plant. Yes, it was mandated to be upgraded before she was elected but, the financing was also started before she was elected. OC once had a town manager that knew what he was doing, ask Chuck Wisecup, he's a board member now but at the time he was in charge of public works. He can tell you how much time and how many meetings were spent on upgrading and financing the water plant before the ex-mayor took on the role of "see what I did". Just like her to try and take full credit for something that others did all of the prelim work on. Yep, "she did all she could do to help OC", she helped herself to a nice pay check on the backs of the taxpayers and she "got 'er done" at the taxpayers expense so thanks for all the help. It's a good thing you're helping someone else now, OC can't afford you!!

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cargo 7 years, 5 months ago

JQ - the water was NOT mandated. the wastewater was...you are oh so close to the truth.

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whyquestion 7 years, 5 months ago

why doesn't "deficit" cargo enlighten oak creek on who or what agency told her to do oak creek financials the way she did??????why change what had been done previously???? isn't now the time to come clean?????protect your reputation if you can?????if it was an agency who in that agency???????

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Slapper 7 years, 5 months ago

who wants to listen her crap? not me or anyone else. any more postings by chatty kathy could trigger a uncontrollable major puke fest!

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upstream 7 years, 5 months ago

Wow- I am very glad none you were heard at the meeting this article is actually discussing...because your inane drivel, always harkening back to Cargo this and Cargo that (even Cargo is still yapping on about Cargo) is the antithesis of what this was all about. Moving on people- that's right, the train has left the station and we are moving on. Join your fellow Oak Cretians, roll up your sleeves, put on your thinking caps and help us do the hardwork. Oak Creek needs well thought, well spoken, well intentioned folks to come forward and help guide us during these difficult, challenging and exciting times. This is the spirit in which so many of us gathered last Wednesday evening. Fact is, most of us are ready to listen, share and learn as has been demonstrated at the recent town board, budget and planning meetings. A very different and refreshing tone- take off the gloves and come see for yourselves. Snap out of it already! Afterall, there is work yet to be done.

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Slapper 7 years, 5 months ago

Nicely put Upstream. There is so much to do and plenty to go around for anyone to share their input into the direction they want this town to move. The smartest thing this substance abuser did was to be stupid enough to resign as that has benefited every resident.

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whyquestion 7 years, 5 months ago

why don't slapper and upstream pay off the $300,000.00 debt so oak creek can move on????????

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