City Council to consider gravel pit proposal
Steamboat Springs — The Steamboat Springs City Council will meet at 11 a.m. today for a presentation on a gravel pit proposed by Lafarge Corp. six miles south of the city.
The council will reconvene at noon at the Routt County Courthouse for a joint meeting with Routt County commissioners to discuss an airport authority, a multi-jurisdictional housing authority and potential questions for the 2003 election ballot.
The council will be the first group of public officials to hear the final plans for the 91-acre gravel pit, which would be on the east side of Colorado Highway 131. On April 3, Lafarge will come before the County Planning Commission asking for a special use permit. County commissioners are scheduled to make the final decision on April 22.
Because the gravel pit is within the Steamboat Springs Area Community Plan, the City Council is asked to give a recommendation to the county.
“They send referrals based on issues that may have impacts on each other,” County Planner John Eastman said.
The council will hear the Lafarge presentation today, but will wait until April 1 to make its recommendation.
City Manager Paul Hughes said the council wanted to wait for the County Planning Department’s report before making its recommendation.
Lafarge brought its conceptual plans for the gravel pit before the county in the fall of 2001.
At that time, commissioners expressed concerns with the visual impact and water discharge.
Commissioners also questioned whether or not the property is in a flood plain and if wetlands on the property can be preserved.
Today’s presentation is a public meeting, but Hughes said because of the noon meeting public comment might not be taken. Comments will be heard at the April 1 meeting.
At the noon meeting, Commissioner Nancy Stahoviak said the two governmental bodies will most likely discuss taking an interim step toward forming a regional airport authority.
Stahoviak said, in the past few weeks, the airport steering committee has talked about putting a board together that would have representatives of both entities and have decision making powers, but would not have the legal issues of a statutory authority.
One of the major focuses for the steering committee is finding funding to improve the terminal at Yampa Valley Regional Airport.
Stahoviak said updates will also be given on the city and county’s work to form a multi-jurisdictional housing authority and potential ballot issues such as a tax for the county judicial facility, a city fire tax and a historic preservation tax.
— To reach Christine Metz call 871-4229 or
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