Planners consider master plan
County document to address current issues
Steamboat Springs — A year of work on the Routt County Master Plan could come to an end tonight if the Routt County Planning Commission approves the document.
The commission is scheduled to consider adopting the 80-page plan during its 7 p.m. meeting at the Routt County Courthouse Annex.
“There is a chance the Planning Commission could table its decision, but I think it is looking pretty good,” said Assistant Planning Director Chad Phillips, who has been working on the plan.
Before the board decides whether to approve the master plan, it will address Raymond Selbe’s interest in a conditional use permit for a campground on 19 acres of land seven miles west of Steamboat Springs on U.S. 40.
If the Planning Commission approves of the master plan, it would update a document that has been in place since 1980.
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The county’s master plan is to be used as a guiding tool regarding future growth.
Phillips said the current plan has served the county well, but planning officials and the commission felt the plan needed to be updated to reflect more current issues.
“The county’s position on land use and growth will not change,” Phillips said. “But we have added a number of new chapters to the plan.”
New chapters included in the plan set out policies and guidelines for environmental impacts, recreation and tourism, agricultural lands, transportation and housing.
These chapters join policies that have been put in place for land-use proposals, development, environmental constraints and mineral and wildlife resources.
A draft of the plan was completed last February and not many changes have been made to the proposed plan, Phillips said.
To get community input for the plan, planning officials held informational meetings in Steamboat Springs, Hayden and Oak Creek.
Before the commission considers the master plan, the board will meet with Selbe, who is proposing to operate a commercial recreational vehicle campground on his property.
If the county approves of his proposal, Selbe said he is hopeful the campground could open by this summer.
“We would open on a limited basis,” he said. “We are planning to construct the campground in four phases, which will take quite a few years.”
The first phase is construction of an office, which will house showers and toilet facilities. The phase also includes 15 camping spaces, a dump station for sewage and an underground holding tank.
Selbe is proposing to operate the campground from May 1 to Thanksgiving and close during the winter.
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