Wednesday, January 29, 2003
Steamboat Springs Changes to a plan outlining policies that will guide future development in the county are up for discussion tonight.
Routt County commissioners have recommended several modifications they want to see before they will endorse the Routt County Master Plan.
The Routt County Planning Commission will consider approving those recommendations at 6 p.m. in the commissioners' hearing room.
"Most of the more substantial changes are in the form of strengthening or softening some of the plan's policies," said Chad Phillips, assistant director of the Routt County Planning Department.
The County Master Plan is designed to respect private property owners' rights while looking at the best way to solve problems of future county growth and development.
The plan aims to protect the county's rural character and accommodate appropriate expansion.
Agriculture and ranching, energy production, natural resource extraction, recreation, housing, public utilities, transportation and public safety services such as fire, police and emergency are addressed in the plan.
Concerns for the land and natural resources and the history of the county and its residents are highlighted.
County officials use the plan as a guide for land-use decisions. The plan helps county officials decide what is fair and proper when considering new development proposals or requests to change how the land is used.
The plan's broad recommendations for land use are intended to provide county commissioners and planning commissioners flexibility rather than rigid control.
The Board of County Commissioners discusses and endorses the County Master Plan at 2 p.m. Feb. 25.