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Plans for a 14-site RV park, squeezed onto a narrow two-acre stretch of land between Riverside Drive and Whitehaven Court in West Steamboat, Colo., were approved Tuesday (Jan. 21) by the Steamboat Springs City Council.

The Kabus Campground will be built behind a commercial building at 2475 Lincoln Ave. and will initially have five semipermanent park model RVs.

Those units will be rented out on a nightly basis, with a maximum of 30-day stays, according to Steve Ivancie, a representative for Chapman Geer Jr., the Steamboat resident who applied for the development plan and application for conditional use.

“It’s a business plan that is unique,” Ivancie acknowledged. But he called it a “modest proposal,” and one for which the planners made every effort to fit into existing codes. “We are basically taking a narrow vacant lot and turning it into a positive amenity.”

The north third of the property is zoned for commercial services, while the southern two-thirds of the property is zoned OR — Open Space and Recreation. While the OR zoning applies primarily to campgrounds and open space, the inclusion of the semi-permanent units required special approval from the council.

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