Housing project proposed
City planners to discuss Walton Creek developments
Steamboat Springs — Housing developments on Walton Creek Road and Tamarack Drive are nearing approval.
The Steamboat Springs City Planning Commission is scheduled to address the developments tonight. The proposal for the Walton Creek Road development, named Aspens at Walton Creek, includes 28 residential units and two employee units on two vacant lots directly south of Walton Creek Road, west of Chinook Lane. The Tamarack proposal, named Willett Heights, includes 34 units, two triplexes and 14 duplexes, on a vacant lot near Rocky Peak Village on Tamarack Drive.
City planner Bob Keenan said local developers are spearheading the projects, both of which could receive approval for final development plans from the commission tonight. Should that approval be granted, the City Council would give final approval or rejection to the developments.
Keenan said both projects are “fairly straightforward,” and neither includes variances to building codes.
“I don’t see any major issues,” he said.
While the Walton Creek site contains a small amount of wetlands area, Keenan said most of the wetlands will be preserved, and developers will receive a wetlands mitigation permit from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for the areas that encroach on a sidewalk.
“It’s a very small amount, and pretty insignificant,” Keenan said.
Both developments are vacant lots surrounded by residential units. Keenan, who has worked in the city planning department for about 5 years, said the number of vacant lots in Steamboat Springs is rapidly decreasing.
“The last few years, development has really gone through the roof,” Keenan said. “We’ve seen a pretty big increase. There’s always been a scarcity of land in town, but the remaining parcels seem to be going fast.”
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