Delegating authority

New council strategy gives larger role to city planners

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On the agenda

4 p.m. Council meets as the city's Redevelopment Authority to hear an update of planned 2007 construction projects at the base of Steamboat Ski Area.

5 p.m. Council and city staff reports; discussion of proposed watershed protection ordinance

7 p.m. Public comment; action on proposed developments including Sundance North Village and The Victoria

If you go

What: Steamboat Springs Redevelopment Authority and City Council meeting

When: 4 p.m. today

Where: Centennial Hall, 124 10th St.

Call: City offices at 879-2060 for more information.

— Two large developments could breeze through final city approval tonight.

Using a new strategy designed to lighten its considerable workload and give more responsibility to city officials, the Steamboat Springs City Coun-cil has placed The Victoria and Sundance North Village on the "consent agenda" for tonight's council meeting.

The consent agenda allows council members to approve numerous items at once, usually with little discussion. City Council President Susan Dellinger said Monday that because the Steamboat Springs Planning Commission unanimously recommended approval of the two developments last month, subjecting the developments to another review by the City Council is unnecessary.

"This is one goal for how we're trying to evolve as a council," Dellinger said. "The planning commission has more time to review the projects. There probably won't be a lot of council discussion on unanimous approvals."

Council members elected Dellinger president last week, after former council president Ken Brenner withdrew from the position. The new policy was in motion before the change of council leadership.

"It has been a discussion point in the last two of our retreats," Dellinger said. "The council sets all of the policy that an applicant has to go through when starting the planning process, so what is it that we would have to review if the applicant is fulfilling all of the requirements we've already set up for them?"

Dellinger said The Victoria and Sundance North Village are the first developments that could benefit from the quicker approval process. Previous large-scale developments that earned unanimous commission approval still have undergone a full review by the City Council.

Council members and the public have the ability to pull any item from the consent agenda for further discussion.

The Victoria is proposed for the corner of Lincoln Avenue and 10th Street, where Rocky Mountain Wine and Liquor Company is. Plans for the 32,650-square-foot Victoria building include seven residential units, 6,605 square feet of retail or restaurant space, 7,700 square feet of office space, underground parking and streetscape improvements.

The project applicant is Wescoin L.P. of Steamboat, owned by Steve and Denise Peterson. The three-story Victoria building would fill nearly all of the corner lot at 10th and Lincoln and would be the tallest structure in the vicinity.

Sundance North Village includes 22 residential units, underground parking, and 45,370 feet of office and retail space in four buildings on the north side of Anglers Drive. The location is directly across Anglers from Sundance at Fish Creek shopping center, which includes an U.S. Post Office and the Egg & I restaurant.

Local realtor and developer Jim Cook is the principal partner for Sundance North. Cook also is the principal partner in the downtown projects Howelsen Place, Alpenglow and Riverwalk.

Tonight's council meeting also includes a review of an ordinance intended to protect Steamboat's water quality. The ordinance would increase permit requirements for water-related activities in rural areas outside of city limits that impact Steamboat's watershed.

Ranchers and rural landowners have criticized the ordinance at previous council meetings, saying its requirements are "draconian" and excessive. Authors of the ordinance, including city attorneys, say it will not impact current, reasonable agriculture activities and is primarily intended to help the city regulate future large construction projects in watershed areas.

No action will be taken on the proposed ordinance tonight.

"We're hoping to have a lot of public input on this," Dellinger said.

- To reach Mike Lawrence, call 871-4203

or e-mail mlawrence@steamboatpilot.com

Comments

another_local 7 years, 9 months ago

Delegation to the planning dept? Wow, real progress at last!! I might be wrong about Susan.

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Chad James 7 years, 9 months ago

Susan, and City Council...this is AWESOME progress. You've worked on this in your retreats and streamlining the process will allow you to get to the REAL business of leading our city.

Well done!

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Chad James 7 years, 9 months ago

Susan, and City Council...this is AWESOME progress. You've worked on this in your retreats and streamlining the process will allow you to get to the REAL business of leading our city.

Well done!

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snowysteamboat 7 years, 9 months ago

Odds that former President Brenner can keep his paws off of these projects........................................nill

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