Share your vision for future Steamboat

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Residents are invited tonight to share their vision of what Steamboat Springs should look like in 10, 20 and 30 years.

The Routt County Democratic Party and Community Alliance of the Yampa Valley are hosting a forum about growth.

Talk of controlling residential and commercial growth in the Yampa Valley draws fire as well as praise from people who live and work in Routt County.

Democratic Party Chairman Ken Brenner hopes naysayers and supporters take advantage of an opportunity to share opposing views.

Diverse discussion is key to understanding the issue, he said.

"There is no perfect solution that's going to work for Steamboat," Brenner said.

John Spezia of the Community Alliance will offer several strategies for keeping growth in check.

He intends to include the consequences -- whether good or bad -- of following each strategy.

Spezia will walk the audience through each outcome and let his listeners determine which route they think best.

An open mind is key to getting the most out of the forum.

Many myths exist about growth management, Spezia said. He would like to dispel some of the misunderstanding.

Attendees will have plenty of time to ask questions.

Tonight's meeting is the second of several forums designed to increase local participation and interest in party politics.

People who show up tonight won't hear a pitch to join the Democratic Party. They will hear about an issue of community interest. Taxes and budgets were on the agenda last month; a forum about water is planned in July.

Democrats, Republicans, independents and those who don't have a party to call home are invited to contribute to the discussion.

Democratic leaders aim to educate people of all political persuasions about issues that appeal to all voters rather than one party.

The meeting begins at 7 p.m. in the commissioners' hearing room. For more information call 846-8488.


-- To reach Danie Harrelson call 871-4203

or e-mail dharrelson@steamboatpilot.com

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