Steamboat Springs The Steamboat Springs Planning Commission voted unanimously March 14 to table a proposal to build six new large condominiums, or stacked flats, in two buildings called Eagleridge Chadwick on Eagle Glen Lane because of concerns the proposed buildings’ side setbacks weren’t sufficient.
“At this point, the applicant will be going back to (planning) staff to work on a new application and they should be coming back to us for another hearing in the near future,” Planning Commission Chairman Jason Lacy wrote in an email Monday.
The new buildings would represent a revival of an uncompleted parcel in the existing Chadwick Estates Villas townhomes. The developer is an entity called MMC Chadwick LLC.
The original developers of Chadwick Estates Villas won city approval of a development permit in 2007 that would have allowed them to build three triplex buildings and two duplex buildings for a total of 15 units. However, they completed only one duplex and one triplex as well as most of the project’s infrastructure before the real estate market turned. The original permit has since lapsed.
The new developers, who purchased an undeveloped piece of the original development, plan to build their buildings to similar scale. The two buildings combined would comprise 25,900 square feet, yielding flats of more than 4,000 square feet.
However, the developers sought to divide what had been a single lot into three in order to phase their project and make it feasible to obtain financing.
Senior City Planner Bob Keenan said the change to three individual lots, instead of grouping the new buildings on one lot, requires a variance to city code on building setbacks. Lacy wrote Monday that Planning Commission was reluctant to grant the variance for the side setbacks.
“Planning Commission had some lengthy discussion and we were concerned that the side setback did not meet the variance criteria, although most commissioners were not concerned about the front setback,” Lacy wrote.
The project had been tentatively scheduled to go to City Council for possible final approval April 2, but that date will be reset.
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