Public hearings on large downtown development delayed by a month
Steamboat Springs — The Steamboat Springs Planning Commission will have to wait another month to weigh in on initial plans for a large riverside development in the downtown area.
City planners and the RiverView project applicants are still trying to come to an agreement about the path a public trail will take through the 4.5-acre property, which lies along the Yampa River behind Natural Grocers.
The city has been seeking what would amount to an extension of the Yampa River Core Trail that would run very near the river on the boundary of the property.
City planners are recommending an eight-foot, hard-surface trail that would run along the river from a new public plaza at Fifth and Yampa streets to the river’s confluence with Spring Creek.
The initial RiverView proposal calls for a shorter riverside path that would cut up to a new loop road that traverses the interior of the project.
A potential compromise about the riverside path that has been floated in recent days is one of the reasons the proposal is being delayed.
“It’s only positive,” Mark Scully, of Green Courte Partners, said Friday. “We’re very close to finalizing a number of details with the planning department, and we believe with an extra 30 days, we can present a much better finalized product.”
Scully labeled the multi-modal path the most important detail the city and the RiverView applicants are currently working through.
“We’re really close to finding a way to having terrific connectivity to the site,” Scully said.
Scully said he’s confident the extra work and dialogue with the city that will take place in the coming weeks will help the proposal earn support from city planners and the commission.
City officials are currently vetting a planned unit development, or PUD, for the RiverView site.
The PUD outlines how each part of the large property will be zoned and what kinds of public infrastructure it will include.
A PUD does not include specific plans for buildings and developments.
Those plans will have to be approved down the road.
Public amenities proposed for the RiverView site include the multi-modal path, a riverside plaza at Fifth and Yampa streets and fishing access along the Yampa.
A 0.25 transfer fee on all improved residential real property sale transactions at the site will also be dedicated to Yampa River improvements from Little Toots Park to Snake Island.
With the delay in the planning commission hearing, the RiverView plans are now scheduled to be heard by the Steamboat Springs City Council May 16.
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