- Tuesday, June 12, 2007, 5 p.m.
- Centennial Hall, 124 10th St., Steamboat Springs
Steamboat Springs City Council agenda
4 p.m. City Council meets in executive, or secret, session to discuss the possible acquisition of real estate, and the intergovernmental agreement with the Routt County Regional Building Department.
5 p.m. Agenda reviews; staff reports; motion to reconsider a fee-in-lieu provision contained in the city's revised inclusionary zoning and linkage ordinance
7 p.m. Public comment; joint meeting with the Steamboat Springs Rural Fire Protection District to discuss current coverage, growth on the west side of Steamboat, staffing issues and more
Steamboat Springs Seven days after the Steamboat Springs City Council approved vast revisions to the city's inclusionary zoning and linkage ordinance, which regulates how the city provides affordable housing, council members tonight will reconsider a key provision of the ordinance.
City Council President Pro-tem Steve Ivancie said Monday he placed a "motion to reconsider" on tonight's council agenda, regarding a fee-in-lieu policy that allows developers to pay the city instead of providing affordable housing units required by the inclusionary ordinance.
Ivancie voted for the fee-in-lieu policy June 5, when the City Council approved it with a 4-2 vote spurred late in the evening by Councilman Towny Anderson. Council members Ken Brenner and Karen Post voted against the fee-in-lieu policy, which Brenner at the time said "makes no sense" and would drastically reduce the city's ability to acquire actual affordable homes, rather than payments.
Council members are allowed one week to place a motion to reconsider on an agenda, and only if they voted opposite of what they would like to reconsider. In other words, because Ivancie voted for the fee-in-lieu policy, he could put a reconsideration of it on the agenda - Brenner and Post did not have that option.
Ivancie said he filed the agenda item to give City Council President Susan Dellinger and the public a second chance to review the decision, which was made after 10 p.m. Dellinger was absent June 5.
Ivancie did not say Monday whether he plans to change his vote.
"Oh, I don't know yet," Ivancie said. "I just think we need an opportunity to discuss it a little further. I want to give everybody an opportunity to take a look at it."
Should the City Council vote tonight to reconsider the fee-in-lieu policy, Ivancie said, a future date would be set for that discussion. No action on the policy itself will be taken tonight, he said.
Anderson said he expects the policy could be reconsidered because it applies to all of Steamboat, including downtown.
"Payment in lieu was intended to address the base area, and it may well be that that's what people are working to revert back to," Anderson said.
The entire inclusionary zoning and linkage ordinance will be effective Wednesday, June 20, because the City Council tabled action on associated housing guidelines until the council meeting June 19.
Tonight's council meeting begins at 5 p.m. in Centennial Hall on 10th Street. The agenda also includes a joint meeting with the Steamboat Springs Rural Fire Protection District to discuss issues including current fire coverage, future growth and a possible new fire station on the west side of Steamboat.