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Meadows developer hopeful

Nick Foster

— Developer Paul Flood is ready to get started on his new subdivision.

After several meetings with the Hayden Planning Commission, Flood said he thinks he will get approval of his preliminary plat for the 30-lot Meadows Subdivision.

The only remaining concern with his proposal is drainage. The proposed subdivision would be built near the West Routt Fire Station on Poplar Avenue, where the land is lower than the road, Flood said. That means leading drains to the road’s sewer is impossible.

Flood’s idea of building a pond received mixed reviews from the Planning Commission. Flood said his current drawings should pass muster.

He is proposing to build two ponds, a large one that would hold 2 to 4 acre-feet of water that could be used by subdivision residents to irrigate their lawns and a smaller one that would be a landscaping element.

Flood said he would build a pump station and water lines for the residents to tap into the larger pon, and that the Planning Commission should like the idea because the residents would be able to irrigate without using treated water from the town. The other, smaller pond, Flood wants to landscape with trees and cattails to attract birds and wildlife, “adding flavor to the place,” Flood said.

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“I’m thinking, as opposed to a hole in the ground, if it’s done right, it could be a nice amenity other than just a drain,” Flood said.

With the 30 lots in the subdivision, Flood plans on keeping one lot as a play area for children and another lot for a possible day-care center.

“I think with the proximity to the elementary school and the day- care center, this will be a very desirable neighborhood,” Flood said. “I’m excited about it. It’s going to be ‘the’ address in Hayden.”

The homes in the subdivision will vary in price, possibly from $170,000 to $300,000, Flood said.

“I’m not in a hurry to sell all the lots or build all the houses,” Flood said. “If five or six get built a year, that would be great. It will be a nice neighborhood in the end.”

The Planning Commission meets at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Hayden Town Hall, 178 W. Jefferson Ave.

— To reach Nick Foster call 871-4204

or e-mail nfoster@steamboatpilot.com

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