Stagecoach is a residential resort community which is located in the Yampa Valley in Routt County Colorado. It is adjacent to Stagecoach Lake State Park and is just a short drive from Steamboat Springs. The area offers hiking, biking, fishing, boating, skiing and even dog sledding along with residential opportunities in a beautiful natural setting.
In a recent meeting attended by SPOA board member Matt Kaufman, Erin Light of the Colorado Division of Water Resources indicated that while the original goal of the Division was to have a determination on the water well issue by September 30th, October 15th is a now more likely date.
Also, during the public comment period of the Routt County Board of County Commissioners meeting held on September 5, 2017, SPOA board member John DiNicholas inquired if the commissioners had any updates on the issue of water well and vault permits in the Stagecoach area. In summary their response was the County was taking a wait and see approach to the written determination the Colorado Division of Water Resources indicated would be forthcoming on or about September 30th. You can find the audio recording from their discussion with John DiNicholas below.
On Tuesday, August 29th representatives of the Morrison Creek Metropolitan Water and Sanitation District met with the Routt County Commissioners to discuss the recent suspension of the issuance of water well and sanitary vault permits in the Stagecoach area. Erin Light of the Colorado Division of Water Resources (CDWR) was also present at the meeting. Although there was a rather lengthy discussion on the issue, both the District and the County are taking a wait and see approach pending the release of a definitive position statement by the CDWR on how they well evaluate, restrict and/or grant household well permits in the Stagecoach area. Per Ms. Light, the CDWR is targeting the end of September for the release of this position statement.
For those interested in hearing specifically what was said at the meeting, we have posted a copy of the County’s public audio recording of the BCC meeting on our website which can be found at www.Stage-coach.com We have edited the recording to only include that portion of the BCC meeting that included the discussion with Morris Creek. The meeting lasted just over 1 hour. We will also be posting the minutes from this meeting when they are available from the county.
SPOA Board Meetings 2017
Saturday November 18,2017
Saturday February 17,2018
Saturday May 19, 2018
Board Meetings held at Resort Group Conference Room 2150 Resort Drive – 2nd Floor 9:00am
SPOA 2018 Annual Meeting
July 21, 2018
Location to be Determined
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I am writing you today to make you aware of some recent developments which impact all members of the Association and the Stagecoach community.
First, the Colorado Division of Water Resources (CDWR) has temporarily suspended the issuance of water well permits in the Stagecoach area. In 2006, the CDWR determined the water in the Yampa River and its tributaries was over-appropriated. As a result, under Colorado water law the permitting of new wells in “post-1972 subdivisions” served by the Yampa River is restricted. This restriction applies to all wells including those for in-house use only. A property owner may be able to overcome the restriction if they develop and receive Water Court approval for an individual water augmentation plan or they contract with an entity that operates an existing Water Court approved umbrella augmentation plan. Unfortunately for most of the undeveloped subdivisions in Stagecoach, there currently are no approved umbrella augmentation plans available and very limited, if any, sources of water available for an owner to develop an individual augmentation plan.
In response to the CDWR’s suspension of water well permitting, the Morrison Creek Metropolitan Water and Sanitation District (MCMWSD) have also temporarily suspended the issuance of permits for sealed sanitary vault systems under its inter-governmental agreement with Routt County. Attached you will find a resolution adopted by the Board of MCMWSD on August 18, 2017 which outlines their reasoning for this suspension, as well as the specific actions they are taking.
While we know these are both critical issues for our members, there is a tremendous amount of information that is still unknown. Currently the CDWR is working with MCMWSD and Routt County to determine which, if any, of the Stagecoach subdivisions they consider “post-1972 subdivisions” and therefore subject to water well permit restrictions. Until the CDWR declares their formal position relative to each of the platted Stagecoach subdivisions, the Association is unable to determine if any specific action is necessary to protect our member’s property rights and interests. What we do know is that we will need to move quickly once the CDWR formalizes its position on each Stagecoach subdivision. The Association’s Board of Directors and legal counsel have been briefed on these issues and are closely monitoring and working with the CDWR, MCMWSD and Routt County to ensure they identify and understand the potential impacts their decisions may have on our members and community. We will continue to update you as significant new information becomes available and decisions are reached.
Finally as we move forward, I encourage each of you to actively engage in understanding and participate with the Association in seeking a positive resolution of this matter. All property owners, including those receiving water service from MCMWSD and those with existing household water wells and/or sealed sanitary vaults, have a vested financial interest in ensuring the property values of 1,000+ platted but unserved lots in Stagecoach are not significantly diminished. Thank you for your time and support.
President, Stagecoach Property Owners Association.
Dear Stagecoach Property Owner,
On December 11, 2015, the Routt County District Court heard the Association’s petition to amend its covenants. The Court, having reviewed the petition and supporting documents and ensuring the Association met all legal requirements, approved our petition. The Association will now file the approved amendment with the Routt County’s Clerk & Recorder’s office. When filed, the amendment will be immediately effective and a part of the Association’s Declaration of Covenants, Conditions, and Restrictions.
NOTE: The approved covenant amendment does not change the separate Declaration of Covenants, Conditions and Restrictions that govern the High Cross at Stagecoach subdivision.
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