Steamboat Planning Commission recommends vesting extensions | SteamboatToday.com
YOUR AD HERE »

Steamboat Planning Commission recommends vesting extensions

Michael Schrantz

— At Thursday’s Steamboat Springs Planning Commission meeting, department Director Tyler Gibbs presented language for a potential amendment to the city’s development code that would allow for greater vesting extensions by administrative approval.

Allowing city staff to grant extensions for projects in certain stages of the planning process allows developers to save time and money by not going through a public extension request or having to restart an expired project.

The city’s current code allows for administrative extensions for final development plans, and the language proposed Thursday would add similar language for development plans, conceptual development plans and preliminary plats.

Development plans and conceptual development plans could apply for two, two-year administrative extensions, for a maximum of six years including the original approval.

Gibbs originally suggested allowing only one administrative approval for preliminary plats, but Planning Commission member Brian Hanlen argued for the option of a second two-year administrative approval. Preliminary plats have initial vesting of three years.

If the planning director wasn’t comfortable extending a project’s preliminary plat vesting for another two years (for a total of seven years), Hanlen said, he or she could push the request into the public process.

“In all these cases, if the (Steamboat Springs) City Council had granted extended investing, then the administrative extensions would not be available,” Gibbs said. “It gives some additional options for the applicant and town to consider.”

A motion to recommend the code changes passed with an amendment to grant two extensions for preliminary plats.

To reach Michael Schrantz, call 970-871-4206, email mschrantz@SteamboatToday.com or follow him on Twitter @MLSchrantz


Support Local Journalism

Support Local Journalism

Readers around Steamboat and Routt County make the Steamboat Pilot & Today’s work possible. Your financial contribution supports our efforts to deliver quality, locally relevant journalism.

Now more than ever, your support is critical to help us keep our community informed about the evolving coronavirus pandemic and the impact it is having locally. Every contribution, however large or small, will make a difference.

Each donation will be used exclusively for the development and creation of increased news coverage.

For tax deductible donations, click here.
 

Start a dialogue, stay on topic and be civil.
If you don't follow the rules, your comment may be deleted.

User Legend: iconModerator iconTrusted User