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Green Creek Ranch plans to be reviewed

The owners of Green Creek Ranch in Pleasant Valley are seeking county permission to build new bridges, a ranch manager's home and ATV trails among other improvements on the property.
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What: The owner of Green Creek Ranch on the Yampa River upstream from Lake Catamount seeks a conditional use permit before the Routt County Planning Commission enabling him to develop a private outdoor recreational facility.

When: 6 p.m., Sept. 1

Where: Commissioner’s Hearing Room, Routt Count Courthouse, 522 Lincoln Ave.

In other business: Planning Commission considers adoption of a new Stagecoach Master Plan.

— Plans to create private recreational facilities including ATV trails and a manager’s home as well enhancements to trout habitat on Green Creek Ranch on the Yampa River just upstream from Lake Catamount will be reviewed by the Routt County Planning Commission on Sept. 1.

If you go

What: The owner of Green Creek Ranch on the Yampa River upstream from Lake Catamount seeks a conditional use permit before the Routt County Planning Commission enabling him to develop a private outdoor recreational facility.

When: 6 p.m., Sept. 1

Where: Commissioner’s Hearing Room, Routt Count Courthouse, 522 Lincoln Ave.

In other business: Planning Commission considers adoption of a new Stagecoach Master Plan.

The historic cow/calf operation off Routt County Road 18C, which the applicants are seeking to vacate, was formerly known as the ranch of the late Bob and Elaine Gay. It was sold by Bill Gay and Roberta Mollenberg, two of Bob and Elaine’s adult children, in October 2015 for $25 million to a limited liability company, Trout123 controlled by Bruce Grewcock.

The permit application was submitted to the county by ranch manager Bruce Enever.

Enever said in a letter to county planner Alan Goldich, the new owner wants to adjust the ranch operations to make recreation a primary activity along with ranching.

The proponents anticipate they will soon have a permit from the Army Corp of Engineers to perform fisheries enhancement on the river. They also seek to upgrade bridges on the ranch that are in disrepair and are seeking a water body setback permit from the county to build a pedestrian bridge across the Yampa near ranch headquarters.

Other improvements/changes include: converting the Gay ranch house into a museum and removing the cooking stove to render it not a residence; an RV site for up to two vehicles; a hunting yurt; a new maintenance at the entrance to the property; and a new employee residence.

The 1,500-acre ranch is divided into two parcels with 900 acres under a conservation easement held by the Yampa Valley Land Trust since 1999. Of the total acreage, the upper parcel on Blacktail Mountain was historically used as summer pasture.

The permit application deals with the main ranch property of about 750 acres on the valley floor, with 260 of those under the easement.

Grewcock is the CEO and president of the large construction firm, Kiewit Corporation.

To reach Tom Ross, call 970-871-4205, email tross@SteamboatToday.com or follow him on Twitter @ThomasSRoss1


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