Public forums begin Monday

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— Two groups sometimes on distinctly opposite sides of political issues have come together to produce a series of community forums on growth and resort issues beginning Monday.

The Steamboat Chamber Resort and the Community Alliance of the Yampa Valley will be holding three forums on sustainable growth and growth management to get ready for the rewrite of the Steamboat Springs Community Area Plan.

Forum No. 2 will take place Oct. 1, followed by the final forum Oct. 8. All three will be held at Olympian Hall starting at 7 p.m.

The city and county have each pitched in to support the forums, with contributions of $2,000 and $1,000 respectively. The alliance will be supporting the rest of the event financially, said Bob Enever, a member of the alliance's board.

The money will pay for speakers and set-up for the forums, which are all planned to be held at Centennial Hall.

"The initial impetus for these forums is to start the process for public input into the Steamboat Springs Area Community Plan," Enever said.

Enever said he doesn't want people to think the forums will strictly follow the point of view of the Alliance, which has stood up against decisions that they think could induce too much growth.

The forums are meant to educate the public before any decisions are made in Steamboat about growth management and all its implications through the community plan, Enever said.

The first forum will feature Michael Kinsley, senior researcher at the Rocky Mountain Institute.

The second forum will focus on city infrastructure and the city's capacity for growth and the third will look at options for growth limits with officials from places like Boulder giving talks.

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