City discusses possible US 40 zone changes
March 11, 2010
Steamboat Springs — The Steamboat Springs Planning Commission meets today to discuss potential changes to two zone districts that guide commercial development along U.S. Highway 40 west and east of the city. The discussion will take place during the commission's meeting from 5 to 6:30 p.m. today in Centennial Hall.
City Planner Jason Peasley said the Community Commercial (CC) zone covers property stretching south from downtown along U.S. 40. The Community Service (CS) zone encompasses the portion of the highway leading west from Steamboat's downtown.
In the CS and CC zone districts, Peasley said, there are proposals to reduce setbacks between buildings to create a more urban street front. In addition, there is a proposal that new buildings would be required to be built closer to the highway, for similar reasons.
Also being considered is a proposal to require that in the CC zone, the minimum height for new buildings would be two stories. The intent would be to encourage more mixed-use development, with commercial and residential units in the same buildings, Peasley said.
A number of office buildings in the CC zone already meet the two-story standard, Peasley observed. One example of an existing single-story building that might not meet the standard is the Kum & Go convenience store and related commercial buildings at the intersection of U.S. 40 and Anglers Drive. Existing buildings would not be required to change.
The two-story standard would not be extended to the CS zone west of the city under the current proposal, Peasley said. The new zone district descriptions have not been adopted and no decision will be made tonight.
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An article in the March 10 edition of the Steamboat Today incorrectly gave the impression that the changes being contemplated would be imposed in Steamboat's downtown commercial core.