Planning commission considers two proposals

— The Routt County Planning Commission will consider two proposals that will allow property owners to better utilize their land tonight.

Neither proposal has encountered any opposition from neighbors or other parties.

Joel and Tonya Harris of Yampa are asking the county for permission to expand their kennel operation.

The couple got county approval to operate the Rocky Mountain Retrievers Boarding Kennel in 1999. The current facility can house 20 dogs.

The owners would like to build a second building that would house up to 26 dogs and nine cats.

A site inspection of the property revealed no violations of county regulations. The facilities are well-kept and orderly, county planner Mary Alice Page-Allen said

"It's a class-one operation," Page-Allen said. "These guys do a great job."

David and Alicia Josfan would like to offer nightly rentals and host company retreats, family reunions and weddings on their property.

Their land, commonly referred to as the "Bob Adams property," is seven miles east of Steamboat Springs on Rabbit Ears Pass.

The Adams family utilized the property for many years for vacations and gatherings before they sold it to the Josfans.

The couple is proposing to host a maximum of 28 overnight guests, with a minimum stay of three nights.

No additional improvements are planned other than minor upgrades required by county building officials.

The Planning Commission's recommendations will go to the Routt County Board of Commissioners.

The county commissioners will hear the Harrises' proposal Feb. 4 and the Josfans' proposal Feb. 11.

Tonight's hearing begins at 6 p.m. in the county commissioners' hearing room.

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