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Summit County bans short-term rentals in back country, citing safety concerns 28.3.2018 Denver Post: Business
Summit County commissioners voted unanimously on Tuesday to ban short-term rentals in the backcountry, citing safety concerns as well as a desire to maintain the character of the landscape.
On the outskirts of Missoula, growth comes with challenges 16.1.2018 High Country News Most Recent
An influx of new people to nearby communities has strained town systems.
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Tempe historic neighborhoods fight urban expansion 4.9.2017 azcentral.com | business
Tempe may waive fees and offer tax breaks to homeowners in an effort to preserve historic neighborhoods from gentrification and urban ...
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County moves to approve six-lot subdivision, city objects 18.1.2017 Steamboat Pilot
The Routt County Board of Commissioners voted 2-0 Tuesday, Jan. 17 to approve the new six-lot Fox Grove subdivision in the Huckleberry Lane neighborhood off Fish Creek Falls Road, over the objections of the city of Steamboat Springs and with Commissioner Doug Monger absent. However, the matter won’t be finalized, and the final plat won’t be filed, until Jan. 31 when county officials and the developer’s team hash out the details of how a developer’s fee in lieu of creating public benefit will be resolved. Developer William Friesell’s 5.7-acre Fox Grove parcel, which is just outside the city limits off Fish Creek Falls Road, would create six lots ranging in size from .69 to .91 acres on a parcel mostly covered with aspen trees. Fox Grove would be wrapped on three sides by existing homes, many in the Huckleberry Lane neighborhood, which is a bit of an anomaly in the county. Motorists passing by on the way to Fish Creek Falls could easily mistake it for being part of the city. The neighborhood is also ...
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Op-ed: Don't let SLC's northwest quadrant fall victim to sprawl 14.12.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
It is time to speak out about Salt Lake City’s Northwest Quadrant master plan adopted in August. I hope it is not too late. What set me off was an article last week in the Tribune titled, “Setback could turn to fortune for SLC.” The article speaks of the city’s plan for an “economic powerhouse” on 3,670 developable acres north of Interstate 80 and west of the Salt Lake International Airport. The only caveat in the article was a reference to former Mayor Rocky Anderson’s concern about commuting. ...
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Stan Kroenke buys Writer Square in downtown Denver for $96M 14.12.2016 Denver Post: Local
Writer Square, a downtown office and retail complex that fronts the 16th Street Mall, has a new owner -- Stan Kroenke.
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How to fix exclusive resort towns 30.11.2016 Writers on the Range
It’s time to rethink urbanization in mountain communities.
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Candidates discuss balancing growth and open space 22.9.2016 Steamboat Pilot
Finding a balance between preservation of open space and enabling appropriate development in Routt County was a theme that emerged from a candidates forum for the three county commissioner candidates, hosted by the Steamboat Springs Kiwanis Club Sept. 20. Candidates included longtime District 2 incumbent Doug Monger, who is running unopposed this election, along with the two candidates competing in District 1 — primarily South Routt — Democrat incumbent Tim Corrigan and Republican challenger Bob Dapper. Molly Raphael, a member of the audience and not a Kiwanis member, kicked off the forum, by stating, “I’m curious to know how your opinions vary with regard to open space.” Dapper called the purchase of development rights — PDR — program a “great initiative” but suggested he has issues with the county’s master plan, which is overdue for a rewrite. “I believe in PDR. It was conceived to help ranchers," Dapper said. "I believe that’s what it’s about. Urban sprawl comes from the master plan (which says) in ...
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Gooding brothers seek to build small homes in historic Steamboat neighborhood 4.8.2016 Steamboat Pilot
Brothers Gates and Marsh Gooding have entered the city planning process with an innovative plan that would create 15 small single-family home lots on a hillside in the historic neighborhood of Brooklyn. They call it Brooklyn Bluffs. Gates Gooding purchased a number of platted lots in the Woolery Addition in late January and February from the Yampa Valley Land Trust as well as from another property owner. The lots are on a steep hillside on the western edge of Brooklyn just beneath some of the walking and Nordic skiing trails associated with Howelsen Hill. Susan Dorsey, executive director of the land trust told Steamboat Today that lots were conveyed to her organization through the estate of the late Gloria Gossard, with the intent they eventually be sold to raise funds for the land trust. The brothers’ business plan is to sell the lots to individuals, and they hope to live there themselves. But they are also personally motivated to help Steamboat grow from within. They describe the subdivision as a model ...
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Development wave hits north Scottsdale desert 27.7.2016 azcentral.com | Arizona Republic Front Page
New homes, golf courses and resorts are among the projects that could replace thousands of acres of raw ...
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Development wave hits north Scottsdale 27.7.2016 azcentral.com | business
New homes, golf courses and resorts are among the projects that could replace thousands of acres of raw ...
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Disappearing desert? Development wave hits north Scottsdale 27.7.2016 azcentral.com | Arizona Elections
New homes, golf courses and resorts are among the projects that could replace thousands of acres of raw ...
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Op-ed: Utah leaders' theme-park mentality has us headed off the rails 25.5.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
The children in my family are infatuated with feel good fantasy, imaginary characters and the suspension of reality. They love Disneyland. As such, they are well suited to make Utah’s public policy. If you asked everyone who lives in Utah if they would like to see the Wasatch Front turn into “Cars Land” — more freeways, urban sprawl, big box suburban shopping centers, car dependency and more air pollution — you might approach 100 percent responding, “No!” But UDOT lives in its own bubble where...
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Douglas County Commissioners shut down rural rezoning effort 27.4.2016 Denver Post: All Political News
The Douglas County Commissioners have ruled that a local developer cannot divide a swath of agricultural property on the Elbert County border into 56 lots for new homes.
Neighbors rally against residential rezone in northeast Douglas County 16.4.2016 Headlines: All Headlines
Residents of unincorporated rural northeastern Douglas County are vigorously opposing a project that could bring 56 new homes to a parcel along the Elbert County border.
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County explores creating workforce housing by broadening regs allowing smaller 'secondary units' 23.2.2016 Steamboat Pilot
Routt County commissioners have shown an interest since the first of the year in finding ways to encourage the creation of more community housing. On Tuesday, they will hold a preliminary discussion about the possibility of amending the county zoning code to allow property owners to build primary residences with small, attached secondary units — 800 square feet or smaller — in more areas than what current regulations allow. “We’re asking, ‘How do we change our regulations to allow more housing options, including rental housing?’” Commissioner Cari Hermacinski said Monday. What: Routt County Board of Commissioners talk informally about the possibility of easing zoning regulations in regards to the creation of dwelling units that are secondary to a larger home on lots close to Steamboat Springs. When: Approximately 3:15 p.m. Where: Commissioners’ hearing room, Routt County Courthouse, 522 Lincoln Ave., Steamboat Springs County regulations currently allow secondary units only on ag-forestry parcels of at ...
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Small houses, big potential 21.2.2016 Steamboat Pilot
The American public’s current fascination with so-called “tiny homes” is hard to miss — from television series like “Tiny House Hunters,” to dozens of do-it-yourself small home building books and documentaries, to the creation of new companies selling floor plans or tiny home kits for people to self-assemble. One of the country’s first introductions to the tiny house movement was in a devastated New Orleans, Louisiana, following 2005’s Hurricane Katrina. Although just a few hundred square feet in size, the light, bright designs of the Katrina Cottages offered a more dignified, long-lasting option for displaced families than the dirty, white corrugated metal FEMA trailers they were otherwise offered. And it turned out, the two options had similar costs. Years have passed and the Great Recession has made smaller homes a more appealing option for young couples and families seeking economic freedom. While there is no official definition, a tiny house is typically between 100 and 400 square feet, while a ...
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City Council to decide whether more residences can be built near city's snow dump 21.2.2016 Steamboat Pilot
The Steamboat Springs City Council on Tuesday will discuss whether any more residences should be built in a new neighborhood city officials fear is too close to the city's snow dump and the Steamboat Springs School District's bus barn. Jake Drury and his family are the first residents of the Captain Jack subdivision, and they've told city officials they often find it hard to sleep due to the noise coming from the snow dump in their backyard. The city has attempted to mitigate the sounds, but efforts haven't proven entirely successful. Interim City Manager Gary Suiter will ask City Council whether it wants to consider changing the zoning of the neighborhood to only allow industrial uses or add new restrictions that would require certain building materials and extra insulation be incorporated into homes that are so close to the snow dump. Suiter thinks the situation is poised to grow worse if something isn't done. Other options the council has to consider include moving the snow dump to another location, ...
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Planning commission to consider zoning recommendation for Pahwintah subdivision 14.1.2016 Steamboat Pilot
The Steamboat Springs Planning Commission on Thursday will consider making a zoning recommendation for a 3.2 acre parcel of land to the north of Old Town that could soon be annexed into the city. The owners of the property, which lies at the end of Pahwintah and Douglas streets, are seeking a residential estate category of zoning. City planning staff expects the applicant will subdivide the property into three buildable lots. Some neighbors of the property are concerned about the recommended zoning for the land and would like to see a zoning category assigned to the parcel that would ensure a maximum of three lots on the property. The Steamboat Springs City Council recently deemed the property eligible for annexation. But before the council takes a final vote on the matter, it wants city staff to do more homework and create a planning document that will ensure the potential annexation and any subsequent ones are more legally sound. The document is called a Three Mile Plan, and cities created them to lay ...
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Routt County Board of Commissioners meeting agenda for Dec. 21 21.12.2015 Steamboat Pilot
• Repeal of South Steamboat Area Land Use Plan. • Work session on amendments to Oak Creek Comprehensive Plan • Statutory authority of the Planning Commission to adopt the master plan the relationship between the plan and the zoning and subdivision regulations. Discussion during pre-hearings will be limited to questions about process and requests for additional information. There will be no public comment. 2:30 p.m. Road and bridge update Janet Hruby, director 3:15 p.m. Environmental health update • Joint funding agreement between Routt County and USGS Discussion regarding the joint funding agreement between Routt County and the United States Geological Survey for surface water-quality monitoring in the Upper Yampa River Basin. 3:30 p.m. Accounting 2015 supplemental budgets and forms Discussion regarding 2015 supplemental budgets and forms. 4 p.m. Manager update Tom Sullivan, county manager 5 p.m. Meeting adjourned All regular meetings are open to the public unless otherwise noted. All meetings will be ...
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