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Annexation going before Town Board

Nick Foster

The largest annexation Hayden has ever seen will come before the Town Board on Thursday.

After a public hearing, the Hayden Town Board will decide whether to pass a resolution stating that 676 acres for The Villages at Hayden is “eligible for annexation.”

Given that the Town Board can turn down the annexation or development proposal at any time, Town Manager Russ Martin is recommending that the board pass Thursday’s resolution.

“We should proceed so we can find out more information, so the board does not make a decision on gut feeling, but they can find out the good or bad and make their decision on that,” Martin said.

The Villages at Hayden is proposed 900-acre subdivision that includes 2,000 planned homes. It could impact the town in many ways, including adding a projected 1,300 students to the Hayden School District, according to an impact prepared by Town Planner Tim Katers.

“The decision before the Town Board could be the first official step in a process that changes the nature of the Hayden community,” Katers said in a memo to the Town Board. “A development of this size will redefine the community at build out.”

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This could be a move toward large growth, but “the board could be sitting down six months from now and the town could have a change of heart,” Katers said. “The Town Board could say, ‘No, we don’t want to proceed.'”

The proposed residential and commercial subdivision is centered on an 18-hole golf course. While more than 200 acres of its area is inside the town boundary, its developers, West Routt Properties, are requesting to annex 676 acres so that it can build the golf course first. The property is located north of Breeze Basin Boulevard and west of Routt County Road 53.

Katers said gave a copy of the impact report to Bob Perletz of planning consultants Winston Associates, who is now plugging the information into a computer model of the town that will further illustrate the impacts of the development.

The first phase of The Villages at Hayden has been plugged into the model, created with a program called CommunityViz, Perletz said. However, final details are still in the works.

Perletz is also working on a new master plan for the town, and he said a second public forum will be scheduled later this month to continue implementing information and opinions into it.

The Hayden Planning Commission voted 4-2 to recommend approval of the annexation petition for The Villages at Hayden with the following conditions:

n The town and the applicant develop an impact assessment,

n The town and the applicant develop an annexation agreement based on the impacts, and

n The applicant and Planning Commission develop a detailed planned-unit development zoning document related to the project.

The Hayden Economic Development Commission also recommended that the Town Board consider the annexation because it could create additional revenue and opportunities for businesses and industry that could provide local jobs for Hayden residents.

“This is an interim step to see if town could move forward,” Martin said. “As large as it may seem to be, there are several meetings and development steps that will have a multitude of opportunities for people to come in review and see what is needed to go forward.”

The Town Board will have another development decision to make Thursday as developer Paul Flood’s proposed The Meadow subdivision is up for final plat approval.

Katers recommended approving the final plans in a memo to the Town Board.

Construction of Flood’s 12-acre, 29-lot residential subdivision should begin soon, if approved. Flood began construction of ponds on the site last fall with a special-use permit after preliminary plat approval.

The Hayden Planning Commission recommended on a 4-2 vote for vacation of a 1908 plat for the land and approval of the final plat of Flood’s plan.

Planning commissioners Tim Watt and Andrea Hayden voted against the final plat recommendation because they felt sidewalks should be built in the subdivision. Town code requires sidewalks in new residential subdivisions, but no one on the commission brought it up in the almost two years since Flood initially showed concept plans. Four members of the commission voted to include a variance in the code so that Flood’s subdivision could proceed to the Town Board.