Remote buildings eligible for building permits after the fact
September 24, 2014
Steamboat Springs — Bill Terrill got the green light Tuesday from the Routt County Board of Commissioners.
Terrill is the Craig man who has been working all summer to bring the buildings on his remote property on the edge of the Flat Tops Wilderness Area into compliance with county building and zoning codes.
County Manager Tom Sullivan said Wednesday that Terrill succeeded, after the fact, in bringing his buildings, including a personal residence, up to code to make them eligible for building permits. As a result, the county has withdrawn the threat of a lawsuit that was intended to motivate him to go through the process.
Terrill previously operated Dunckley Peak Outfitters, also known as Terrill's Cabins, on his 160 acres south of Hayden. He since has left the outfitting business, and the property is listed for sale.
Terrill was contacted by county officials in June 2013 and informed that his operations were not in compliance with regulations and that he lacked the necessary county permits to run an outfitting and lodging business.
When that notice failed to bring about any results, county attorney John Merrill recommended to the county commissioners that they notify Terrill of their intent to sue.
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That news brought Terrill to the Routt County Courthouse in March, when he explained that he was not aware that he needed building permits for his buildings in the woods. He said that in the recent past, his outfitting activities involved horseback-drop camps to take hunters and their gear to remote campsites. But he said he had taken down his commercial website and no longer was outfitting.
Commissioners gave Terrill until Aug. 1 to apply for building permits, and consequently, he engaged Steamboat Springs engineer Brian Len and drafting professional Jake Henry to help him through the process.
Sullivan said Tuesday that Terrill had satisfied the requirements of the zoning and building regulations.