Richard Levy: Developers get job done

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Congratulations to Timbers Resorts and One Steamboat Place for coming up with a plan to build their required affordable housing units on site (Steamboat Today, Feb. 3). Their decision to build the units at Wildhorse Meadows is a great opportunity for all of Steamboat Springs.

This option may be more expensive for the developer, but it's so much better for the community.

I also congratulate Steamboat Springs City Council. They realized that even though "fee in lieu" of units was an easy option, it was not the best for our community. They knew that there are plenty of options that developers can utilize and still make a profit.

I would also like to recognize other developers that have used the ordinance to actually produce affordable housing units. Some of those that have committed to build on site include Wildhorse Meadows, West End Townhomes, Riverwalk and The Olympian. The developers of The Victorian and Bear Claw III have come up with creative plans to meet their requirements.

Affordable housing is an important component of preserving our community. It is exciting to see this new ordinance coming to fruition. I eagerly look forward to achieving the Steamboat Springs Community Area Plan's goal to "... allow the majority of people that work live to live here ....".

Keep up the good work.

Richard Levy

Vice president, Community Alliance of the Yampa Valley

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