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Lockhart renews lot bid for Heritage Park subdivision

Developer seeks to replat areas near entrance to Heritage Park

A sign sits in one of the undeveloped lots in the Heritage Park subdivision. Developer Ty Lockhart is asking the county commissioners to replat open space parcels in Heritage Park to allow him to create three new duplex lots and four new single family lots.
John F. Russell

If you go

What: Routt County Board of Commissioners discusses the Heritage Park proposal to add seven building lots to the subdivision just west of Steamboat Springs

When: 2 to 4 p.m. today

Where: Commissioners Hearing Room on the third floor of the Routt County Courthouse, 522 Lincoln Ave.

Sweet Pea’s retail food license reconsidered

The Routt County Board of Health, comprising the three county commissioners, meets at 10 a.m. today in a quasi-judicial hearing to discuss the “suspension or revocation of the retail food establishment license of Sweet Pea Produce LLC following assessment of a third civil penalty.”

The hearing specifically relates to the number of restrooms and the amount of restaurant seating at the downtown Steamboat Springs eatery and market.

The restaurant owners were working with the Routt County Regional Building Department to correct the situation by seeking a building permit and constructing a second restroom. However, Commissioner Diane Mitsch Bush said Monday that the Board of Health hearing is entirely separate from any of the interaction the Routt County Regional Building Department has had with the business owners about the same circumstances.

“These are state regulations that every other restaurant in town has to live with. It’s about safety issues,” County Manager Tom Sullivan said. “I don’t think our Environmental Health Department has ever had to go this far with an issue like this.”

Sweet Pea’s retail food license reconsidered

The Routt County Board of Health, comprising the three county commissioners, meets at 10 a.m. today in a quasi-judicial hearing to discuss the “suspension or revocation of the retail food establishment license of Sweet Pea Produce LLC following assessment of a third civil penalty.”

The hearing specifically relates to the number of restrooms and the amount of restaurant seating at the downtown Steamboat Springs eatery and market.

The restaurant owners were working with the Routt County Regional Building Department to correct the situation by seeking a building permit and constructing a second restroom. However, Commissioner Diane Mitsch Bush said Monday that the Board of Health hearing is entirely separate from any of the interaction the Routt County Regional Building Department has had with the business owners about the same circumstances.



“These are state regulations that every other restaurant in town has to live with. It’s about safety issues,” County Manager Tom Sullivan said. “I don’t think our Environmental Health Department has ever had to go this far with an issue like this.”

— The Routt County Board of Commissioners meets today to discuss Ty Lockhart’s request to add seven new building lots to the existing Heritage Park subdivision just west of the city limits.



Lockhart is seeking conceptual approval to amend his planned unit development (PUD) and replat some existing open space parcels on either side of the U.S. Highway 40 entrance to Heritage Park.

The Routt County Planning Commission voted, 4-1, Aug. 19 to recommend that the application be denied.

Adding density to the subdivision would require Lockhart to provide a public facility, more open space or pay a fee in lieu of the first two options, Commissioner Diane Mitsch Bush said Monday.

“A PUD involves more rigor and a higher level of public benefit,” she said.

Lockhart said he was able to overcome neighbors’ objections to a 2009 plan to add four single-family lots and three duplex lots to Heritage Park by moving the single-family lots so they no longer adjoin some of the largest homes in the neighborhood.

The commissioners tabled the 2009 plan after hearing public objections, and ultimately that application was withdrawn.

This time around, Lockhart said, he has the approval of the neighborhood.

“We moved some of the building lots to another parcel away from the most vocal opponents,” he said. “The HOA has sent a letter of support to the county.”

Under the revised plan, the four single-family lots are situated to the west side of the entrance to the subdivision and close to the highway, where their closest neighbors would be the new duplex lots, just to the east of the entrance. Since the Planning Commission vote, Lockhart and consultant Eric Smith also have separated the driveway to the single-family lots from the entrance to the parking lot for an adjacent public soccer park. Lockhart provided the land for the athletic fields when Heritage Park was first built.

The developers also increased the width of a buffer between the new lots and the U.S. 40 right of way, Planning Director Chad Phillips said.


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