Council, authority to discuss housing


— The Steamboat Springs City Council and the local housing authority will discuss affordable housing efforts tonight.

Council members and Yampa Valley Housing Authority board members will discuss the agreement between the city of Steam--boat Springs and Routt County, which established the housing authority. Officials will review the rules and responsibilities set out in the agreement.

Authority board members also plan to bring up the possibility of another agreement, said Kathi Meyer, board president. This agreement would address the city's inclusionary zoning ordinance. The new ordinance requires developers of residential projects to include a percentage of affordable housing within the project.

Authority board members would like to know more about the responsibilities of the authority in implementing the ordinance, Meyer said. She said the discussion will focus on what the council thinks is the appropriate level of the housing authority's involvement in administrative matters.

Board members also will update the council on the development of the authority's strategic plan. The authority is required by law to have the plan; a draft is in the works.

Topics that council members hope to discuss with housing authority officials in the future include several possible revisions to the city's inclusionary zoning ordinance, as well as issues related to mobile homes. These topics are not scheduled for tonight's agenda but are likely to come up during a future joint meeting between the groups.

In other business tonight, the council will have another joint meeting, this time with the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association. Chamber officials will share plans for marketing this year. The Chamber has been working to promote the city as a summer vacation destination, focusing on the city's Western heritage, friendliness and open spaces. In addition to discussing marketing plans, Chamber officials will discuss funding for summer events.

What: Steamboat Springs City Council meetingWhen: 5 p.m. todayWhere: Citizens Meeting Room, Centennial Hall, 124 10th St.

Also, the Chamber will present an update about a potential sports complex in Northwest Colorado. Business officials and interested residents have been meeting for several months to discuss the possibility of a new complex. The group has selected two potential sites -- one west of Steamboat and one south of Hayden -- and a design group has rendered drawings for both sites.

The council also is expected to hear an update on the city's Green Team, which focuses on the environment, as well as discuss environmental policy issues.


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