Song Mountain developer seeks extension

County to address Song Mountain request for 7-year delay today

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Song Mountain proposal at Stagecoach

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What: The Routt County Board of Commissioners considers a request from Stagecoach developer Song Mountain Ranch for a seven-year extension of their conceptual approval

When: 3 p.m. today

Where: Commissioners Hearing Room at historic Routt County Courthouse, Fifth Street and Lincoln Avenue

— The developer of the proposed 272-lot Song Mountain subdivision at Stagecoach on the flanks of Woodchuck Mountain is expected to ask the Routt County Board of Com­missioners for a seven-year timeout today.

Ji-ang Song, through his Steamboat land planning consultant, submitted a request last month to be allowed to keep a preliminary approval for Song Mountain alive until 2017. The commissioners voted on Sept. 22, 2009, to approval conceptual and sketch subdivision plans for the project. The approvals were contingent on Song’s taking the next step by submitting an application for a preliminary subdivision plan within 12 months. That time is almost up.

“Due to the current and expected real estate market conditions for the next several years, we are requesting an extension of these approvals for seven additional years,” Peter Patten, of Patten Associates, wrote in a memo to County Planning Director Chad Phillips.

The 896-acre Song Mountain site lies along the east side of Routt County Road 16, southeast of Stagecoach Reservoir.

Patten added that if market conditions improve before then, he and his client likely would begin preparation of the preliminary plan for the subdivision before 2017.

“We believe that seven years is a reasonable time period based on many current projections of the future of the real estate economy,” Patten said.

The commissioners met with Phillips in an informal session Monday and expressed reluctance about extending the tentative approval for Song Mountain by seven years.

“What’s the longest we’ve ever extended an approval?” Commissioner Diane Mitsch Bush asked.

“I don’t remember extending anything beyond a year or two,” Phillips said. “Usually, the board will give you two years under special circumstances.”

Commission Chairwoman Nancy Stahoviak said she would hesitate to extend the ap­­provals for such a long period.

“Who knows what concerns we’ll have between now” and then, she asked.

Phillips pointed out that it’s possible Stagecoach will have completed the update to its master plan by 2017.

Song Mountain would comprise:

■ As many as 272 building lots and 366 dwelling units spread among clustered neighborhoods, and

■ Forty-six acres required to be set aside for public use (possibly a water storage facility and a fire station site); 433 acres, or 48 percent of the site, would be devoted to open space.

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