Oak Creek Town Board meets Thursday


Past Event

Oak Creek Town Board meeting

  • Thursday, November 10, 2011, 5:30 p.m.
  • Oak Creek Town Hall, 129 Nancy Crawford Boulevard, Oak Creek, CO
  • All ages / Free


— The Oak Creek Town Board will have a long evening Thursday as budget talks, land use changes and medical marijuana resurface in the wake of this year’s election.

The board will meet at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at Oak Creek Town Hall for a budget workshop. Because Referendums 2E and 2D failed last week, the town can move forward knowing it will be without an extra 1 percent sales tax to help fund the police department, but with an estimated $8,000 in medical marijuana license fees.

Then, at its semimonthly meeting beginning at 7 p.m. at Town Hall, the board will conduct three hearings. The first is a liquor license renewal hearing for the Elks Tavern.

The second is a land use change of minor impact for a building on Sharp Street that used to house the Depot Day Spa.

South Routt residents Jamie and Julie Hoff submitted an application for a land use change for the building and appeared before the Oak Creek Planning Commission on Tuesday to change the use from commercial to mixed-use commercial/residential.

The Planning Commission is not recommending approval of the change. Planning Commission chairman Jeff Gustafson said the building is in Performance District 1, which favors businesses that generate sales tax and storefronts.

Gustafson said Wednesday that the Hoffs’ plan included a residential space that would face the street and a business office that would not generate sales tax.

The final hearing is for Mary’s Medical to move its grow operation off premises to 209 Nancy Crawford Blvd. This hearing was tabled until after the election, and the owners of Mary’s have not yet appeared before the Planning Commission.

As for action items, the Town Board will discuss the water tank project, ongoing legal proceedings regarding the wastewater treatment plant project and police officer Eileen Rossi’s contract.

For more information, call town clerk Karen Halterman at 970-736-2422.

To reach Nicole Inglis, call 970-871-4204 or email ninglis@SteamboatToday.com


Scott Wedel 5 years, 5 months ago

And what a perfect example of the folly of Oak Creek's land use code. The ultimate belief that if government mandates a retail downtown district that property owners will do as requested as compared to leave properties vacant. A sane or competent government would recognize that out of 50 some properties on Main St that 8 or so are open for sales tax generating businesses of which 6 hold liquor licenses. So retail is not being pushed out by offices, but it is a relatively lightly traveled road (according to CDOT0 in a relatively small town.

But no, Town would rather require buildings to be vacant (and bank owned) than recognize reality and allow residential use.

There is nothing the Town Board can legally do at this meeting for the Hoffs application because the land use code is clear - no residential on the first floor in the down town district even though there are about 5 times as many existing first floor residential units as sales tax generating businesses.

The obvious mistake made by the Hoffs was to apply for a change of land use instead of justdoing what they wanted. The town has studiously ignored the fact that a town employee that directly reports to the town's building inspector removed an old mobile home from a residential lot and replaced with another (nicer) mobile home (land use explicitly defines it as a mobile home unless it has a permanent engineered foundation) which is explicitly not allowed on town residential lots and have been living in it for about a month without ever getting a certificate of occupancy.

Myself and others are so sick of this inept land use code that unless Town Board fixes it soon then I think there is a good chance of starting a petition drive to simply repeal land use or zoning in Oak Creek. And thus allow property owners and businesses to make money so there can be a local economy.

"This hearing was tabled until after the election, and the owners of Mary’s have not yet appeared before the Planning Commission."

Well, in fairness to Mary's it should be noted that this planning board meeting was a special meeting noticed prior to the election and that planning board's regular meetings are on the 3rd wednesday of the month which has yet to occur.


spidermite 5 years, 5 months ago

Scott, I hope Karen is still there to mock you.


Scott Wedel 5 years, 5 months ago

No, she was there to acknowledge that the Town failed to properly post public notice on the property for the Hoff's for the second time and so there will be notice in the newspaper and neighbors for the third time plus notice on the property for the first time so the Town Planning Board and Town Board can hold special meetings on Nov 29 when they can finally legally act on the land use change. This time the Town will eat the costs of the mailings and newspaper ad because it was the Town's fault.


muck 5 years, 5 months ago


Your not constructing some bulldozer tank in your spare time are you?


Scott Wedel 5 years, 5 months ago

muck, The change of land use application that they've twice failed to correctly notify was not for me.

Real joke of the situation is that a board member reads from the code:"New residential development in Performance District One shall be limited to non-street frontage locations" and so after ten minutes discussion, they think they could approve the land use change after special planning board and town board meetings on the 29th.

But she somehow failed to read the entire sentence "New residential development in Performance District One shall be limited to non-street frontage locations above businesses." and so the "above businesses" means they cannot approve it since the proposed residential use is on the first floor.


gary rohrbaugh 5 years, 5 months ago

As the person thinking of moving in there, dont worry about it. after reading this , you couldnt pay me to move there.


spidermite 5 years, 5 months ago

gary, You should move there. That is where Scott hangs-out.


Scott Wedel 5 years, 5 months ago

Gary, Oak Creek is a fine place as long as you don't own property in performance district 1 or commercial property in performance district 7. Then you get to deal with a land use code that appears designed to keep property vacant.


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