Stagecoach subdivision developer gets 2 year extension |

Stagecoach subdivision developer gets 2 year extension

— The Routt County Board of Commissioners agreed Tuesday to allow prospective Stagecoach subdivision developer Ji-ang Song a two-year extension until Sept. 22, 2012, to submit a complete preliminary subdivision plan to the Planning Department.

Song is seeking to develop 272 lots on 896 acres flanking Woodchuck Mountain in South Routt County. He gained conceptual approval from the county a year ago, conditional on his ability to submit plans for the next round of government approvals by late September.

Song, through his Steamboat Springs-based planning consultant Peter Patten, of Patten Associates, had sought a seven-year extension, citing unprecedented real estate market conditions attributable to the recession.

South Routt resident Bob Woodsee objected.

“We have no idea what’s going to be around the corner in three years or seven years,” Woodsee said. “Conditions could be so vastly different, sticking the county and the commissioners with that length is not a good idea. Even in (the boom years) of 2006 or 2007, home many houses were actually built out there?”

Stuart Orzach of Steamboat told the commissioners that he opposed any extension of the approval because it would require the public to accept the risk of the degradation of the built and natural environments in the Stagecoach area.

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