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Posted on: November 12, 2020

[ARCHIVED] Open Houses Outline Proposed Airport Overlay Zone Changes

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STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, COLORADO-November 12, 2020-The Planning and Community Development Department will host three online open houses to discuss the proposed Airport Overlay Zone (AOZ) which protects the airport’s airspace and prevents incompatible development around the facility. 

“The Airport Overlay Zone is needed to protect the Steamboat Springs Airport’s airspace and prevent incompatible development adjacent to the airport,” said Senior Planner Kelly Douglas. “In addition, the Airport Overlay Zone is a FAA requirement in order to adopt the airport master plan and to be eligible for FAA grant funding.” 

The AOZ is the area surrounding the Steamboat Springs Airport that air traffic typically flies over. It is broken into subzones that are established and delineated by the Airport Layout Plan: Airport Influence Area; Traffic Pattern Area; Approach Area; and Runway Protection Area.

The AOZ standards will require avigation easements and aircraft overflight disclosures for certain types of new site development and subdivision applications. These documents serve as an acknowledgement of potential impacts, such as noise for example, associated with air flight overhead. Additionally, the AOZ limits certain residential, commercial and industrial uses in Subzones B and D. Existing buildings, structures and uses can remain.

Join us virtually or by phone during three Open Houses this week to answer questions regarding the proposed adoption of the Airport Overlay Zone. The session are as follows: 

Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2020, 7:30-9:00am

Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2020, 4:30-6:00pm

Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020, 11:30-1:00pm

Interested parties can find documents HERE related to the proposal including an AOZ map, AOZ draft, FAQ and Permitted Use Matrix. 


Kelly Douglas, Senior Planner, 970.871.8245 or email
Rebecca Bessey, Planning & Community Development Director, 970.871.8202 or email

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