Steamboat Planning Commission recommends vesting extensions

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— At Thursday’s Steamboat Springs Planning Commission meeting, department Director Tyler Gibbs presented language for a potential amendment to the city’s development code that would allow for greater vesting extensions by administrative approval.

Allowing city staff to grant extensions for projects in certain stages of the planning process allows developers to save time and money by not going through a public extension request or having to restart an expired project.

The city's current code allows for administrative extensions for final development plans, and the language proposed Thursday would add similar language for development plans, conceptual development plans and preliminary plats.

Development plans and conceptual development plans could apply for two, two-year administrative extensions, for a maximum of six years including the original approval.

Gibbs originally suggested allowing only one administrative approval for preliminary plats, but Planning Commission member Brian Hanlen argued for the option of a second two-year administrative approval. Preliminary plats have initial vesting of three years.

If the planning director wasn’t comfortable extending a project’s preliminary plat vesting for another two years (for a total of seven years), Hanlen said, he or she could push the request into the public process.

“In all these cases, if the (Steamboat Springs) City Council had granted extended investing, then the administrative extensions would not be available,” Gibbs said. “It gives some additional options for the applicant and town to consider.”

A motion to recommend the code changes passed with an amendment to grant two extensions for preliminary plats.

To reach Michael Schrantz, call 970-871-4206, email mschrantz@SteamboatToday.com or follow him on Twitter @MLSchrantz

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