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Hayden Planning Commission updates Comprehensive Plan

Melinda Dudley

Steamboat Springs — The Hayden Planning Commission approved updates to the town's Comprehensive Plan on Thursday, limiting future residential construction to areas west and south of town and preserving open space near Yampa Valley Regional Airport. — The Hayden Planning Commission approved updates to the town's Comprehensive Plan on Thursday, limiting future residential construction to areas west and south of town and preserving open space near Yampa Valley Regional Airport.

— The Hayden Planning Commission approved updates to the town’s Comprehensive Plan on Thursday, limiting future residential construction to areas west and south of town and preserving open space near Yampa Valley Regional Airport.

The town’s Comprehensive Plan was developed two years ago by local residents, the Planning Commission and the Town Board of Trustees, and was designed as an outline for future growth. However, the plan was not exhaustive, and the current updates to its land use maps will extend its reach to about one mile beyond Hayden’s current borders.

The plan describes the locations for varying types of residential, industrial and business development as well as future locations for schools, parks and other open spaces.

While the Comprehensive Plan does not dictate future zoning, the town plans to use it as a guide for development decisions as Hayden continues to grow.

Preserving open spaces and limiting dense residential development have been areas of focus for the Planning Commission, which opted Thursday to expand the areas set aside for future development at Dry Creek Park, commission member Donna Hellyer said.

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At a Nov. 8 meeting, the Planning Commission struck down the idea of building houses on the mesa between the airport and U.S. Highway 40, for fear that detached development would create “two separate Haydens,” Hellyer said.

The town still would like to sit down with the Yampa Valley Airport Commission and several county officials to discuss future land use and possibly make changes to the town’s Comprehensive Plan based on their input and opinions, Town Manager Russ Martin said.

At the meeting Thursday, the Planning Commission also approved final plats for the Dry Creek Village subdivision and Airport Garages, and discussed the possibility of having a car rental company establish an office in downtown Hayden.

Although Hellyer said she was hesitant about establishing that type of business in a historic area, bringing people into town from the airport to pick up their rental cars would be a chance to give Hayden good exposure.