Third survey meeting tonight

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— The Steamboat Springs Community Center is apt to be buzzing with discussion of growth and affordable housing issues tonight.

City Council members Arianthtettner and Jim Engelken, along with at-large council member Ken Brenner, will welcome residents of council District II for the final in a series of three neighborhood meetings leading up to a Town Meeting in June. Tonight's meeting takes place from 7 to 9 p.m. and even though the emphasis is on District II, people from all over the city are welcome to take part.

District II encompasses the eastern half of Old Town and the neighborhoods reached via Fish Creek Falls Road.

People taking part will break into three groups to discuss the three main subject categories in the recently released community survey: peoples' satisfaction with the community, housing and growth.

Members of City Council have been mildly disappointed thus far in the turnout for the first two meetings. Although more than 1,500 people responded to the survey back in August 1999, about 40 people showed up to take part in the District I meeting on May 1 and just more than 25 people attended the District III meeting May 8.

The liveliest portion of the two previous meetings has come when the three groups come back together to compare notes. At both, considerable time was spent discussing rapid growth the community is experiencing.

So far, a significant number of the 65 or so people who have attended the neighborhood meetings agreed with the concept of controlling growth, but stopped short of embracing a moratorium on development. Many have observed that a moratorium would likely exacerbate another key community issue affordable housing. They have reasoned that limiting the supply of housing would naturally lead to further escalation in home prices.

City Council is reviewing a tentative date for a community wide meeting in June, but will research community calendars this week before making the date official.

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