Annexation could expand

The Hayden Planning Commission made a recommendation to the Hayden Town Board on Thursday night that the annexation of the Routt County Fairgrounds should include other properties surrounding the county-owned land to further square the town's boundaries.

Under the guidance of town-hired planner Tim Katers, who brought up the idea, the Planning Commission agreed that annexing several small properties to the north of the fairgrounds, including a section of Poplar Street, makes sense.

The properties in question are the town skate park, which is owned by the town but on county land; two residential properties between the skate park and the entrance to the fairgrounds; about four residential properties north of the skate park and west of Poplar Street; and a section of Poplar Street from Jackson Avenue to the former intersection of Breeze Basin Boulevard, which remains part of Routt County even though the section regularly is maintained by the town of Hayden.

But upon further review, Katers pointed out that if the residents in question did not wish to be annexed, the annexing of Poplar Street would create an enclave of the residential properties still in the county but surrounded by town property.

However, if the town were to annex the section of Poplar Street, it could later annex the properties in the enclave three years after the street annexation went into effect, without approval from the owners, Katers said.

Routt County Commissioner Doug Monger said county commissioners were in no hurry for the annexation to go through and would rather see the annexation done right the first time.

Planning Commission member Tom Rogalski said the town should call the residents who live in the annexation area to determine their stance on the matter. He then motioned to recommend that the Town Board annex the section of Poplar Street, the skate park and the landowners who want to be part of the annexation.

The board approved, and most agreed that if an enclave were created, it would be prudent in three years to annex properties of residents who were opposed for the sake of squaring the town's boundaries, an objective in the town's master plan.

Members also agreed to make a recommendation to the Town Board several changes on the list of fairgrounds activities that are use-by-right and require special use permits.

In other business:

n The Planning Commission told Aaron Wiltfong, Avis Rent-A-Car agency operator at Yampa Valley Regional Airport, that he must submit an accurate measurement of how much water he anticipates on using at part of a new building he plans to use as a car wash and office space. Wiltfong is requesting his land be annexed, so he must submit this measurement before the annexation of his property can continue, the commission reported.

The Planning Commission re-elected Donna Hellyer as chairwoman and elected Rogalski as vice chairman.


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