Sweetwood Ranch’s special use permit is up for a vote

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The Routt County Board of Commissioners is expected to vote sometime between 3:30 and 5 p.m. today on the fate of a request from Ryan Wood, owner of Sweetwood Ranch, for a special use permit to run a guest ranch.

After being tabled once by the Routt County Planning Commission, Wood’s plan won a unanimous recommendation from the planning commissioners April 7. The request, which includes permission to host large events such as wedding receptions on a trial basis, has drawn considerable opposition from neighbors living in subdivisions of 35-acre lots in the hills rimming the ranch along the Elk River about five miles northwest of Steamboat Springs.

The Sweetwood hearing will be preceded at 2 p.m. by a pre-application conference for the proposed 9.9-acre Frentress gravel pit on a site three miles west of Hayden.

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