Council reviews west end development

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What: Steamboat Springs City Council meeting

When: 5 p.m. today

Where: Citizens' Meeting Room, Centennial Hall, 124 10th St.

— The Steamboat Springs City Council will hold a final discussion tonight on the West of Steamboat Springs Area Plan before the plan goes to an adoption hearing.

The plan outlines officials' goals for future development in the area west of town, which officials anticipate will be annexed into Steamboat. Officials said they decided to update the plan because no annexation proposals have come through since the plan's adoption in 1999. Also, the plan includes a provision for review every few years.

An earlier draft of the update went through a public review process last fall. City and county planners have adjusted the draft to reflect comments made by officials.

Changes include emphasis on a village center, which would be a pedestrian-oriented commercial development project. The plan calls for one main center in the area. Another change is that maps were amended to include trails planning and an open space site west of Steamboat II. A third change is that the plan now stresses the need for development to pay for the cost of infrastructure.

The latest update of the plan has been reviewed by the city and the county planning commissions, as well as the Routt County Board of Commissioners. On April 18, the planning commissions, the board and the City Council are scheduled to come together to adopt the plan.

In other business the council is set to:

Hear reports on the Yampa Valley Airport Commission, intergovernmental services, planning services and from Interim City Manager Wendy DuBord.

Appoint a board member to the Yampa Valley Housing Authority.

Make a proclamation recognizing April as the Month of the Young Child.

Review a development plan for an animal kennel in the 3100 block of Elk River Road.

Review the final development plan for an addition to the 5th Street Marketplace on Lincoln Avenue.

Review a pre-application for a 25-unit multi-family development next to the current Fox Creek project.

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