Public meetings on transfer of development rights program kick off tonight |

Public meetings on transfer of development rights program kick off tonight

— Tonight is the first of four public meetings seeking input on Routt County’s draft Transfer of Development Rights program. The meeting begins at 6 p.m. in Hayden Town Hall.

Transfer of development rights, or TDR, is a mechanism for conserving outlying rural parcels of land, particularly those with working agricultural operations, valuable wildlife and scenic beauty. The conservation is accomplished by shifting development potential to designated areas close to city limits through a private transaction between landowners. That transaction would have to be approved of by the county.

The draft TDR regulations the Routt County Board of Commissioners was considering earlier this year could have created about 250 5-acre home sites in a crescent shape around the north side of Steamboat Springs, wrapping to the western edge of the urban growth boundary.

But the commissioners indefinitely tabled action on the draft regulations of the TDR program during their April 27 meeting. While the commissioners agreed that a TDR program offers “great promise” as a land management and growth tool, they differed on how to implement it. Ultimately, they agreed TDR deserved further study on specific issues. Some of those issues include qualifying how much development threat is faced by lands conserved in the TDR process; potential transportation issues created by new TDR subdivisions; learning more about the city’s desire to be involved; basing TDR receiving areas on criteria rather than a map; and the exploration of creating a citizens committee to advise on TDR regulations.

Besides tonight’s public meeting in Hayden, other TDR public input meetings are scheduled for:

  • 6 p.m. Aug. 12 in Yampa Town Hall
  • 7 p.m. Aug. 18 at Oak Creek Town Hall
  • 6 p.m. Aug. 26 at Steamboat Lake State Park headquarters
  • 6 p.m. Sept. 23 in the Commissioners Hearing Room in the Routt County Courthouse in downtown Steamboat Springs

For more information or to see a draft of the plan, contact the Planning Department at 970-879-2704, e-mail, or visit

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