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Spring Creek plans on agenda

Planning commission to discuss proposals Thursday

A bicyclist rides past the intersection of Amethyst Drive and Spring Creek Road Tuesday. Thursday night, the Steamboat Springs Planning Commission will discuss a proposed eight-lot subdivision, called Prospect Heights, on the vacant lot shown. A small sign is planted in the ground where development would occur.
Tyler Arroyo

— City planners will discuss two proposals for development on Spring Creek Road Thursday night.

The proposals are at the end of a lengthy agenda for the Steamboat Springs Planning Commission, which will conduct the first public hearings about the building plans on sites near Spring Creek, a popular local recreation area.

The first proposal comes from property owner Stephanie McNamara, through the local development consulting firm Patten Associates, Inc. According to city planning documents, McNamara owns a 4.5-acre plot of land at 14 Spring Creek Road. The gravel road also is known as Routt County Road 34. It is the sole access to properties up Spring Creek Canyon and to public recreation areas including Spring Creek Park and Spring Creek Trail. McNamara’s plot contains a two-story log cabin on the south side of Spring Creek, accessed via a short bridge over the creek.

Planning documents state that McNamara has “very limited development goals,” including retention of the existing cabin, built in 1982, and construction of a new, “reasonably sized” single-family residence.

“It is Ms. McNamara’s preference to maintain the rural nature of her property by including a designated building envelope of modest size to protect the sensitive portions of the property and to limit the development footprint,” the planning document reads.

The second proposal is for the Prospect Heights subdivision, which would include eight building lots on a 1.5-acre site on the northeast corner of the Amethyst Drive and Spring Creek Road intersection, a currently vacant lot immediately to the north of the parking access for recreational users of the Spring Creek area.

The applicant for the subdivision is Steamboat Springs resident Greg Forney.

Planning documents state that as many as nine lots could be developed on the site, which contains slopes with grades between 13 and 28 percent.

Both proposals involve sites that currently are on Routt County land and would require amendments to the city’s urban growth boundaries, allowing for annexation into Steamboat Springs city limits, in order to achieve building approval from the city.

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