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Candidate packets available in Oak Creek

Oak Creek residents can begin election petition process Monday

Zach Fridell

Oak Creek residents can begin circulating election packets Monday in the run-up to the April election of five town officials.

On April 6, four Town Board positions and the mayoral seat will be up for a townwide election.

Town Clerk Karen Halterman made the packets available Friday, and they are due back to the Town Hall, with the 10 requisite signatures and paperwork, by March 5. Anyone who is at least 18 years old, a full-time resident and a registered voter may petition to be listed on the ballot.

Halterman said that by law, nobody is allowed to circulate petitions before Monday, but because Oak Creek Town Hall will be closed for President's Day, the packets were available starting Friday. Beginning Tuesday, the Town Hall will be open again from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Friday, and packets are available at any time. Seats up for election, in addition to Mayor J Elliott's, are those of Trustees Bernie Gagne, Nikki Knoebel, Dawn Smith and Josh Voorhis.

Halterman said that as of Friday afternoon, no packets had been taken.

Plan finalized Thursday

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Town Board members finalized the town's Comprehensive Plan at a meeting Thursday night, ending years of work on the project.

The plan outlines how the town plans to grow and offers guidance for zoning and land use. The specific rules are laid out in the town's land use code that Oak Creek Planning Commission members are working to finalize by a March deadline.

The town hired independent consultant Susan Corser to finalize the plan after a contract with the Britina Design Group, of Arvada, was dissolved. The town also asked for and received two extensions from the original timeline to give the plan to the state, and after Thursday's final approval, the plan must be submitted by Feb. 28.

The plan also was approved by the Routt County Board of Commissioners and incorporated as a sub-area plan in the county's planning process.

Some of the biggest changes the comprehensive plan proposes, and that will likely be incorporated into the Land Use Code, include recommendations to create a new performance district — similar to a zoning area — that would allow industrial use from Grandview and Bell avenues on the west and east, and from Nancy Crawford Boulevard on the north to the town limits in the south, Corser said.

The plan also recommends that no new single-family homes be allowed along Colorado Highway 131 through town and that no new mobile homes be allowed outside of mobile home parks.