Council to reconsider plan

West of Steamboat decision delayed by 11th-hour questions

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— Steamboat Springs City Council members will discuss Tuesday a plan they didn't get through during the last review.

The West of Steamboat Springs Area Plan lays out city and county officials' vision for the area west of Steamboat; officials anticipate that most of the land will be annexed into the city.

The original schedule for the plan set Tuesday was the joint adoption hearing between city and county officials. However, questions raised by council member Towny Anderson during the council's review of the plan earlier this month kept the council from finishing.

Anderson said in a later interview that no matter how painful it may be, carefully reviewing the plan -- even at the 11th hour --s the right thing to do.

"It's the one opportunity that we have to be proactive in land use planning and to ensure that the community benefit is equal to, or greater than, the impact on the area," Anderson said. He has been working with city and county planning officials to draft a new introduction to the plan.

One of the major topics left for review by the council is affordable housing. The plan proposes that 15 percent of the units in new residential development be affordable. That requirement, planners say, was scaled back from the plan's original 33 percent to make the plan more flexible and therefore more attractive to developers.

Other plan topics left for review include fiscal impact and design guidelines.

In other business, the council is set to:

Consider a resolution changing the criteria for adding properties to the Urban Growth Boundary. The boundary defines areas that likely will be annexed into Steamboat Springs; officials have said the criteria for inclusion in the boundary are too strict.

Hear reports on: the Area Plan Coordinating Committee, the Yampa Valley Airport Commission, intergovernmental services and financial services. Also, during Interim City Manager Wendy DuBord's report, the council will learn about an increase in the 911 surcharge and the scope of the airport master plan. The council voted earlier this year to commission two studies about the Steamboat Springs Airport.

Consider a resolution that would state the council's intention to uphold and enforce deed restrictions in the Fairview and Miller-Frazier neighborhoods. Neighbors have disagreed about what can be built on lots in the area.

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