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— Should Steamboat Springs' rate of growth be managed?
That's just one of the questions the Community Area Plan Coordinating Committee wants residents to answer as the committee prepares to shape the community's future.
For the past year, the committee has been working to update the Steamboat Springs Community Area Plan, which was originally prepared in 1995. The community area plan helps establish government policies that serve as growth and development guidelines for future city councils and county commissioners.
The coordinating committee's work has resulted in a 25-page document that presents information on a variety of topics and asks residents for their input. The document covers both sides of several key issues, including land use, growth management, community design and transportation.
The last four pages of the document are used for a community survey, which residents can use to provide their input on the plan.
The Community Area Plan Coordinating Committee hopes residents will complete the survey -- which is available at Centennial Hall and online at yampavalleyinfo.com -- and return it by April 25. The city's planning staff will start working on the draft of the plan in May and hopes to have a draft for the committee and the public to review this summer.
The survey is designed to give the committee a sense of the direction residents want to go in critical areas. For an idea of the ground the survey covers, here are some sample questions:
n Should the community's rate of growth be managed?
n Should the plan identify locations for corridors and gateways and include policies to protect them as open space or enhance development?
n What is the appropriate land use mix and phasing of development for the West of Steamboat area?
n Should traffic capacity of U.S. Highway 40 limit or restrict development in West Steamboat?
n Should more emphasis be placed on using the airport to get tourists into Steamboat in both the summer and the winter?
There are countless groups, from the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association to the Community Alliance of the Yampa Valley, that have made their positions clear on several of these issues. No doubt, representatives from such groups will eagerly participate in the survey to influence the update of the plan.
The question is, will others?
"The choices need to be made by the community as a whole," City Planner Tom Leeson said.
He's right. A true community plan reflects the wishes and needs of the entire community, not just those with views on the extreme ends of the spectrum.
The area plan is a vital document for Steamboat. Committee members working on the update recognize the need to get input from residents on drafting the plan.
We urge the committee to keep encouraging residents to take part in the process. And we urge residents to get involved by responding to the survey and seizing this opportunity to help shape the community's future.

That's just one of the questions the Community Area Plan Coordinating Committee wants residents to answer as the committee prepares to shape the community's future.

For the past year, the committee has been working to update the Steamboat Springs Community Area Plan, which was originally prepared in 1995. The community area plan helps establish government policies that serve as growth and development guidelines for future city councils and county commissioners.

The coordinating committee's work has resulted in a 25-page document that presents information on a variety of topics and asks residents for their input. The document covers both sides of several key issues, including land use, growth management, community design and transportation.

The last four pages of the document are used for a community survey, which residents can use to provide their input on the plan.

The Community Area Plan Coordinating Committee hopes residents will complete the survey -- which is available at Centennial Hall and online at yampavalleyinfo.com -- and return it by April 25. The city's planning staff will start working on the draft of the plan in May and hopes to have a draft for the committee and the public to review this summer.

The survey is designed to give the committee a sense of the direction residents want to go in critical areas. For an idea of the ground the survey covers, here are some sample questions:

n Should the community's rate of growth be managed?

n Should the plan identify locations for corridors and gateways and include policies to protect them as open space or enhance development?

n What is the appropriate land use mix and phasing of development for the West of Steamboat area?

n Should traffic capacity of U.S. Highway 40 limit or restrict development in West Steamboat?

n Should more emphasis be placed on using the airport to get tourists into Steamboat in both the summer and the winter?

There are countless groups, from the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association to the Community Alliance of the Yampa Valley, that have made their positions clear on several of these issues. No doubt, representatives from such groups will eagerly participate in the survey to influence the update of the plan.

The question is, will others?

"The choices need to be made by the community as a whole," City Planner Tom Leeson said.

He's right. A true community plan reflects the wishes and needs of the entire community, not just those with views on the extreme ends of the spectrum.

The area plan is a vital document for Steamboat. Committee members working on the update recognize the need to get input from residents on drafting the plan.

We urge the committee to keep encouraging residents to take part in the process. And we urge residents to get involved by responding to the survey and seizing this opportunity to help shape the community's future.

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