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New Routt County private camping regs would restrict length of stay for first time

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What: Adoption of changes to camping regulations on private land in rural Routt County creating a 60 day use by right and up to 180 days with a permit.

When: 2:30 p.m. Tuesday

Where: Commissioners’ Hearing Room, Routt County Courthouse, 522 Lincoln Ave.

In other business

What: The Routt County commissioners are expected to consider a proposed residential development of 14 estate lots, The Ridge at Deer Mountain, just west of the existing Steamboat II and Silver Spur neighborhoods.

When: 1:30 p.m. Tuesday

Where: Commissioners’ Hearing Room, Routt County Courthouse, 522 Lincoln Ave.

— The Routt County commissioners are expected to decide Tuesday whether to change the county zoning regulations to impose time constraints on private camping on undeveloped private land for the first time.

They are considering a two-tiered plan to allow camping for 60 days in sum total, and a second proposal, with a higher approval threshold, to permit up to 180 days of camping.

The effort to stiffen up the county’s definition of what constitutes camping and what constitutes a permanent residence in what are typically temporary living accommodations, like tents and recreational vehicles, is in response to several allegations made in summer 2014 by neighbors of illegal camping. The county has held multiple public hearings on the subject since then.



“You can’t say we haven’t thoroughly discussed this,” Commissioner Tim Corrigan said.

If you go

What: Adoption of changes to camping regulations on private land in rural Routt County creating a 60 day use by right and up to 180 days with a permit.



When: 2:30 p.m. Tuesday

Where: Commissioners’ Hearing Room, Routt County Courthouse, 522 Lincoln Ave.

In other business

What: The Routt County commissioners are expected to consider a proposed residential development of 14 estate lots, The Ridge at Deer Mountain, just west of the existing Steamboat II and Silver Spur neighborhoods.

When: 1:30 p.m. Tuesday

Where: Commissioners’ Hearing Room, Routt County Courthouse, 522 Lincoln Ave.

The current definition of camping in the zoning code characterizes camping as the “use of temporary living accommodations” and lists several examples, but does not mention any time limits or other standards to be upheld.

The new regulations are not proposed to apply to camping as an accessory use to legitimate agricultural operations and primary dwelling units, where they would be allowed as a use by right and governed separately from the new regulations on undeveloped land. The County Planning Commission voted 6-3 in favor of the new regulations Feb. 5.

“There would be two processes and two definitions of camping,” Assistant Planning Director Kristy Winser told the county commissioners Monday.

The first level of camping would allow a maximum of 60 days of camping cumulative in a calendar year as a use by right. The regulations would require camping shelters and accessories to be removed when not in use. No permanent structures or alterations would be allowed.

Commissioner Doug Monger confirmed after the meeting that because the county does not have the means to actively enforce the 60-day limit, it essentially gives neighbors an opportunity to document the length of camping activities in their area and report them to the county if need be.

The second layer of extended camping would allow a maximum stay of 180 days continuous in a calendar year but would require a minor use permit, requiring no public notice. Any staff planner could issue one, Winser wrote.

Camping shelters would be allowed to remain erected for the full 180 days even when not in use but would be required to be removed at the end of the permit period. The permit does not allow permanent structures.

All necessary permits, including those from the Environmental Health Department, would be required.

The commissioners informally agreed Monday they would not extend the new camping regulations to illegal subdivisions.

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


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