Planners get final look at updated regs
Steamboat Springs — The Routt County Regional Planning Commission will take what should be its final look at updated zoning and subdivision regulations tonight.
In previous meetings, the Planning Commission has discussed updates to almost all of the zoning regulations and expects to finish with updates related to mining regulations tonight, Routt County planner Chad Phillips said.
Planning Commission members also plan to discuss all of the updates to the county’s subdivision rules.
The updates clarify and reorganize existing regulations to be easier to use and proposes some new or different regulations to respond to growth and changes in the county. Routt County has not had a proposed comprehensive update to its zoning and subdivision regulations since 1972.
One of the most significant changes was paring down the length of the regulations book by 40 percent, to about 200 pages, Phillips said. Simplified handouts and various tables should make it easier to understand the rules.
There are some basic changes, such as a streamlined process to consolidate lots. The update also includes a sample plat that will be given to engineers as an example for how to present proposals to the county.
In previous discussions about the zoning regulations update, the hottest topic was secondary units, Phillips said. The proposed updated regulations allowed adding detached secondary units onto various types of houses, such as those in areas zoned for Mountain Residential Estate, but the Planning Commission turned down that suggestion for visual and traffic reasons.
There has not been wide public interest in previous meetings, Phillips said, although the county made extensive efforts to get letters about the update to all architects, engineers and others who may use the regulations. A lack of public interest could stem from the fact that the county left some of the most controversial topics, such as skyline regulations, out of the update, and will deal with those hot topics through other meetings, Phillips said.
In other business, the Planning Commission will hear an amendment to Twentymile Coal Company’s permit, requesting an extended life of the permit, ability to add a new inlet airshaft, and more.
The Routt County Planning Commission meets at 6 p.m. in the Commissioners’ Hearing Room of the Routt County Courthouse Annex.
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