Steamboat Barn Village hits roadblock |

Steamboat Barn Village hits roadblock

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What: Meeting of the Steamboat Springs City Council

When: 5 p.m. today

Where: Centennial Hall, 124 10th St.

Call: City offices at 879-2060.

— A proposed subdivision around the historical More Barn has hit a significant roadblock in the approval process.

The Steamboat Springs City Council is scheduled tonight to conduct its second discussion of Steamboat Barn Village, which, if approved, would include more than 90 housing units on a 39-acre site north of Central Park Drive and east of Pine Grove Road. But because of difficulties with road access into the subdivision, city planners are recommending that the council table the proposal and not take further action until “all of the outstanding issues are rectified.”

The difficulties stem from a new plan for secondary access into the subdivision.

The city requires that residential subdivisions be accessible by road in at least two places to allow access for emergency services if one of the roads is blocked.

The primary access for Steamboat Barn Village is off Pine Grove Road. Plans for secondary access off Central Park Drive, through property owned by Yampa Valley Medical Center, stalled at a council meeting Sept. 5.

At that meeting, hospital Chief Executive Officer Karl Gills said an agreement had not been reached about road access to the subdivision from Central Park Drive. The medical center’s board of directors questioned what the center would get in return for allowing use of the property, Gills said.

The council told Steamboat Barn Village applicant Robert Comes of Steamboat Holdings II, LLC, that secondary access must be finalized before the project can move forward.

But city staff said Monday that a new proposal, providing secondary access from Pine Grove Road, does not meet city requirements.

According to new draft development plans, the subdivision’s two roads would be less than 100 feet apart.

“We don’t feel having two roads within that short of a distance fully meets the guidelines that have been established for secondary access,” said Jim Weber, the city’s director of public works.

Weber said the secondary-access issue could have a “significant impact” on the project moving forward.

The City Council also is scheduled to discuss the subdivision’s housing plan tonight.

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