Permit research in works for remote Routt County ranch with two-story outhouse
March 10, 2014
If you go
What: Hearing on un-permitted Dunckley Peak Outfitters
When: 1:30 p.m. Tuesday
Where: Commissioners Hearing Room, Routt County Courthouse, 522 Lincoln Ave.
Steamboat Springs — Routt County commissioners are expecting Craig's Bill Terrill to bring an engineer and a draftsman with him Tuesday when the board meets to learn if Terrill has been able to come up with a reasonable timeline for bringing buildings at his outfitters ranch in compliance with county regulations.
Terrill long has operated Dunckley Peak Outfitters, also known as Terrill's Cabins, on the edge of the Flat Tops south of Hayden. He said last month that for several years his operations have focused primarily on horse-packing drop camps for backcountry visitors.
Terrill acknowledged to the commissioners Feb. 11 that he did not have a permit to operate his business on 160 remote acres accessed by Routt County Road 29. Nor did he have the necessary building permits for several structures including his personal home and a two-story outhouse built in the 1990s. County officials informed him of his noncompliance in June 2013, but little progress has been made since.
"I am wrong. I am telling you that," Terrill said during the meeting with the commissioners.
County Attorney John Merrill had recommended that the commissioners file a civil suit against Terrill's business as a means of motivating him to bring his operations into compliance.
County Planner Alan Goldich told the commissioners that he recently met with Terrill, engineer Brian Len and Jake's Drafting owner Jake Henry. They expressed some confidence that their client could submit applications for building permits by Aug. 1, and information on septic systems by July 4.
Commissioner Steve Ivancie reported having visited Terrill's Web page to confirm that he has ceased commercial operations. The Web page indicates the business is no longer accepting reservations, Ivancie said.