City seeks comments on area plan

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The community has had more than two years to comment on the Steamboat Springs Area Community Plan, but the clock is ticking.

On May 3, a plan adoption hearing will be held. City planner Tom Leeson is asking that comments be submitted in writing at least a week before then.

"It will be very difficult to take any serious action on comments made the night of the hearing," Leeson said.

The hearing will bring together the City Council, the Routt County Board of Commissioners and city and county planning commissions.

"It is not too late to make comments, it is not too late to make changes to the plan, but I don't foresee that we will have any significant changes," Leeson said.

This week, the four boards received an updated packet including all the changes that had been made since the adoption version was released last fall. The packet also included a list of recommended revisions made before March 9 and related public comment.

The updated version of the plan has only the pages with approved revisions and can be found online at www.yampavalley.info.

One of the most notable revisions in the plan was the joint board's decision to take out the option of a Yampa Street extension as a way to relieve traffic congestion coming from the west end of Steamboat Springs.

Wording that stated an extension could be needed between 13th and Yampa streets to lessen the impact of the bottleneck at the 13th Street stoplight was taken out of the revised version. Instead, the plan states that the community should re-evaluate 14 capacity-improvement options identified in the 1998 Mobility and Circulation Study.

"The community should be prepared to face very long delays in the future when traveling between West Steamboat and downtown," the revised plan reads.

Another change is the added wording under the housing section that would require the city to reassess its preservation of a mobile homes ordinance to see if it is working and to strengthen that ordinance if necessary.

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