Buena Vista homeowners appeal Steamboat Springs Planning Commission decision
Steamboat Springs — A group of property owners on Buena Vista Court is appealing the Steamboat Springs Planning Commission’s decision not to legalize their secondary dwelling units.
The fate of the tenants who reside in the four illegal units on the court will now go to the Steamboat Springs City Council, which has the power to overturn the decisions of the planning commission.
Council members are likely to hear the appeals Jan. 17, 2017.
The Buena Vista property owners have been renting out the secondary units to seasonal workers, family members and others for several years. But the owners never got the necessary approvals for the secondary units in their duplexes.
Today, some neighbors have complained about the parking and snow-removal problems that the influx of cars has caused.
The city’s code enforcement divison became aware of the illegal units, and some of the property owners have been cited.
On Nov. 17, property owners submitted proposals to the Planning Commission that would have legalized the units and created new parking plans.
But all of the proposals were rejected by the commission, which wasn’t satisfied with the proposed parking situations.
Commissioner Michael Buccino told the property owners they should band together and form an HOA, instead.
One of the property owners came closer to others to getting approval from the commission because the parking situation on her property was viewed as less impactful to the cul-de-sac.
But the proposal still was rejected in a close 4-3 vote.
City Planner Rebecca Bessey said if the commission’s decisions are upheld, the property owners would have to make appearances in municipal court to answer for the violations.
She wasn’t sure how much longer the tenants still could live in the illegal units.
She said the issue on the cul-de-sac ultimately stems from the property owners converting the duplexes into multi-family units without approval.
One of the duplexes on the street is currently a fourplex because of two illegal units at the property.
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