City planners reviewing several new development projects |

City planners reviewing several new development projects

The city's "What's new near you?" map is full of new applications and development projects.

— A plan to convert the old Staples building into an urgent care center and a proposal to renovate Yampa Valley Electric Association’s headquarters are among the many development applications city planners are reviewing this month.

Planners are also getting a first look at some new plans for a large residential and mixed-use project along the Yampa River between Third and Fifth streets.

Formally called River Walk, the development site that lies at the eastern end of Yampa Street is now being referred to as RiverView.

The plan envisions a mix of hotel, office, retail and residential uses on the 4.5-acre site.

The plan also calls for a public park and interconnected biking routes.

No specific building plans have yet to be submitted to the city for review. But the steps the property owners are currently taking are a precursor to a development that would be among the biggest projects downtown has seen in several years.

The owners of the RiverView site are currently proposing a planned unit development plan, or PUD, which would outline the zoning of different parcels within the site.

They also are seeking approval of a local improvement district as a funding mechanism to pay for public improvements and infrastructure up front.

“The PUD also provides modest flexibility in determining the specific uses and massing for each parcel, allowing the developer to adjust plans in order to meet evolving market needs as this predominantly residential neighborhood … will be built out over a 10 to 20-year time frame,” Mark Scully, of Green Courte Partners, wrote on behalf of the owners of the site.

View Scully’s letter about the RiverView site by clicking here.

The planning department is currently reviewing several other proposals in the city.

Other projects on planners’ desks include the construction of a new bank building near Curve Plaza, the development of a solar garden at YVEA headquarters and the construction of four new multi-use buildings in the Copper Ridge Business Park.

These projects come on the heels of several plans already heard and approved by City Council, such as a 21-home subdivision on Bangtail Way.

“We’re seeing more, larger development applications,” Planning Director Tyler Gibbs said Wednesday at a staff meeting.

He said some developers who had their plans put on hold by the economic recession are starting to approach the city with retooled plans.

“Everybody is recalibrating in response to the changed market,” Gibbs said.

Residents can keep up with new projects proposed for their area on a nifty map on the city’s website.

By clicking on the stars on the map, residents can also view the planning documents that have been submitted to the city.

Access the map here.

During the first half of this year, development permit volume has been on pace with what the city saw last year.

Applications this year are up 13 percent over 2014.

Building permits are also up significantly over last year.

To reach Scott Franz, call 970-871-4210, email or follow him on Twitter @ScottFranz10

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