Routt County leaders to discuss transfer of development rights

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Transfer of Development Rights program meeting

  • Thursday, September 23, 2010, 6 p.m.
  • Routt County Courthouse, 522 Lincoln Ave., Steamboat Springs
  • Not available

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— The original intent of the West of Steamboat Springs Area Plan likely is to be up for debate tonight when the Routt County Board of Commissioners hosts the last in a series of community meetings on its draft transfer of development rights regulations.

TDR is a proposed planning tool that would allow landowners and developers to shift development potential away from rural areas to parcels closer to the county’s municipalities, where 5-acre building lots might be approved.

“Steamboat is the largest community (in Routt County) and has both the Steamboat Springs Area Community Plan and the west of Steamboat plan in place, so we expect to hear a lot of public comment,” Commissioner Diane Mitsch Bush said.

The commissioners tabled a vote on the fate of the regulations in late April and promised to hold meetings across the county to learn more about what their constituents think about TDR. Today’s 6 p.m. meeting in the Commissioners Hearing Room in the historic courthouse is the last of those meetings.

The draft plan the county is considering includes a map of land parcels forming a crescent west and northwest of the city of Steamboat that could become receiving areas for transferred development rights.

Mitsch Bush has said that she thinks TDR is in conflict with both master plans and permits residential growth outside the city’s Urban Growth Bound­ary that isn’t supported by the county’s zoning code.

However, Commission Chair­woman Nancy Stahoviak said in April that the kind of development that could result from TDR is consistent with the Routt County Master Plan.

Mitsch Bush said during a series of meetings during summer, people from North Routt to Yampa said they would like to see more detailed criteria for eligible TDR sending areas that would be conserved by moving their development rights elsewhere.

“They’re asking, ‘Is it what we want to conserve?’ and, ‘Is it in danger of development?’” she said.

Mitsch Bush said the next stage in the county’s yearlong exploration of TDR would be a joint meeting of the commissioners and the Routt County Regional Planning Commission to discuss what, if any, changes in the draft regulations are to be made.

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