Comprehensive document up for approval in Oak Creek |

Comprehensive document up for approval in Oak Creek

Zach Fridell

— After years of revisions and meetings, the updated Oak Creek Comprehensive Plan has a conclusion in sight pending small changes and approvals in the coming month.

With provisions that would direct the town character for years to come, including some zoning changes and recommendations, the plan would work with the town's land-use code to guide the area's growth. The Routt County Board of Commissioners and Oak Creek Town Board must adopt the plan before it is completed and sent to the state.

The commissioners Tuesday met with Susan Corser, the consultant hired by Oak Creek to complete the plan, to offer final suggestions, wording changes and a few small tweaks.

For example, the plan suggested that Oak Creek create a housing authority. Commissioner Nancy Stah­oviak suggested changing that to a recommendation that the town join the Yampa Valley Housing Authority or start its own.

Before the Feb. 28 deadline to submit the document to the state, the Routt County Planning Commission will vote on whether to approve the plan at a meeting Feb. 7, and if that passes, the Routt County Commissioners are scheduled to ratify the plan Feb. 9. Finally, on Feb. 11, the Oak Creek Town Board will have a chance to adopt the plan.

Corser said although work has been done on the plan throughout a couple of years, the county became involved only this month. She said the county will include Oak Creek's plan as a "sub-area plan" so the county and town government can better cooperate in planning the three-mile "sphere of influence," stipulated in state statute, on the outskirts of the town in each direction.

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Work on the plan stopped for about nine months last year when communication broke down between the Oak Creek Town Board and Britina Design Group, of Arvada, and the town got two extensions from the state past the original October deadline. Corser worked on the original comprehensive plan created in 1996 and originally was an adviser to the project, but agreed to complete work on the plan when the contract with Britina was canceled.

Some of the biggest changes the comprehensive plan proposes, and that likely will be incorporated into the land-use code when it is finalized in March, 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.