Subdivision up for preliminary approval

Craig residents Jay Oxley and Mike Anson will take the first official step tonight in developing a 21-lot subdivision south of the Ridgeview subdivision.

The Craig City Council will review their subdivision sketch plan, which has already been approved unanimously by the city's Planning and Zoning Commission.

"The sketch plan is essentially a review process just to determine the feasibility of development," city Planning Director Dave Costa said. "It was such a good drawing that 90 percent of what we need for a preliminary plat was there."

The City Council meeting begins at 7:30 p.m. tonight in the council chambers at Craig City Hall.

The subdivision will begin at the end of Ridgeview Road, stretch about 300 feet east and south along the ridge.

The lots will range from 9,400 square feet to nearly 19,000 square feet.

"These are good, developable lots," Costa said. "There's enough room for versatility."

According to Costa, the Planning Commission approved the plan enthusiastically, albeit with conditions.

The Commission asked that the right of way for streets be 60 feet, that a 10-foot utility easement be added to three lots, that storm drainage provision be addressed and that the water system have adequate fire flow.

The lots meet the city's elevation requirements for adequate water pressure. Most of the water lines are already installed and the project only requires some fire feeder lines be installed.

"The Planning Commission was fairly excited to see us get some interest in subdivision because there's essentially a lack of developable lots in Craig," Costa said. "The building public doesn't really have many choices."

Planning Commission member Chris Nichols said, on a personal level, he's glad to see someone planning a subdivision and addressing that need in Craig.

"I looked at building a house and there was a shortage of available, buildable lots," he said. "I think, at this point, it's something Craig severely needs because the inventory of lots is severely low."

Costa said he doesn't anticipate any problem with council approval of the sketch plan.

The next step will be for the Planning Commission to submit the preliminary plat of the subdivision, complete with engineering plans for infrastructure.

"They've handled the planning issues pretty well," Planning Commission member Jim Meineke said.

In other business, the council will:

  • Set a public hearing for March 9 to consider a conditional use permit for a mobile home at 1695 N. Yampa Ave.
  • Consider approval of an agreement between the Yampa Participants and the Colorado River Water Conservation District regarding the proposed enlargement of Elkhead Reservoir.
  • Award a bid for chemicals for the water and wastewater departments.
  • Award a bid for two unmarked police vehicles.
  • Award a bid for a digital copier for the police department.
  • Hear the second and final reading of an ordinance approving the transfer of real property owned by the city to adjoining property owners to correct a title problem.
  • Consider a request to contribute $5,000 to Moffat County to keep the Shadow Mountain Clubhouse open.
  • Hear a discussion on the future operation of the Boys & Girls Club.

Christina M. Currie can be reached at 824-7031, Ext. 210 or by e-mail at ccurrie@craigdailypress.com.

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