Steamboat 700 plans
The developers of Steamboat 700 say they intend to build a "community within a community" west of the existing city limits.
- It could create as many as 2,243 residential units and 331,000 square feet of commercial space on 700 acres
- The new proposal would include 221 acres of open space, trails and parks
- Phasing would take place from east to west with sequencing of roads and utilities
- Each phase would provide a mix of housing types
- Steamboat 700 already is consulting with the public schools, city, the fire protection district and utility companies
- Steamboat 700 says its sustainability program uses the "intent portion" of the green building program known as LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design)
Steamboat Springs The agricultural fields just west of Steamboat Springs' city limits could someday become a "community within a community" complete with a village center of three- to four-story mixed-use buildings.
The developers of Steamboat 700 this week submitted to the city planning department their most detailed vision to date for the 700 acres they purchased for $26.4 million in March.
The plan foresees between 1,837 and 2,243 residential units with as many as 448 of them being deed-restricted community housing units. It also envisions a new village center to be built just north of U.S. Highway 40 across from the entrance to Sleepy Bear Mobile Home Park. It could include a standalone commercial building such as a grocery store and possibly a small hotel, Steamboat 700 principal and project manager Danny Mulcahy said.
However, the developers are urging community members not to regard the 80-page book they submitted to the city as a finished product.
"I'm very happy with the document we've produced," Mulcahy said Tuesday. "It's a good place to start the conversation. This is the document that starts the public process. This is not the annexation (petition)."
Assistant City Planning Director John Eastman agreed.
"We hope to meet with the developers next week and begin talking about how to take this to the public," Eastman said. He added that the "initial submittal" turned in by Steamboat 700 LLC is neither a submission to enter the city's pre-application process nor is it a request for a major development permit.
The new Steamboat 700 document anticipates that residential construction would not begin before the fourth quarter of 2009. The developers hope to have the property annexed into the city by the third quarter of 2008, according to their own proposed project schedule.
Mulcahy said the goals of Steamboat 700 include "breaking the trend of most new developments in resort towns by designing toward the full-time resident as opposed to the second-home owner."
The tentative proposal calls for a mix of condominiums, duplexes, townhomes and single-family homes on both small and large lots. The neighborhoods would be built along the lines of the "new urbanism" movement with grid-pattern streets, alley access and homes with porches close to the street. There is a stated intent in the proposal to use established green building practices.
The proposal submitted this week includes establishing a series of five metro districts - not to govern the new community but to permit low-interest bonding to build public infrastructure including arterial roads that would later be turned over to the city.
The developers also will ask the city to consider creating a new development guide for Steamboat 700 instead of using the city's existing community development code.
"The existing (community development code) is designed for (a) certain type of development and geographical areas (Old Town Steamboat) that have existing and unique requirements, which are not necessarily conducive to traditional neighborhood design," the developers wrote. "Because of this, inherent conflicts with the Steamboat 700 plan and the existing CDC are inevitable. (That would) result in the approval process being much longer and more difficult for both the applicant and the city."
The developers say that following the initial submittal, they anticipate entering the pre-application review stage of the city process. At that point, they say, they intend to submit an annexation petition, annexation map and a proposed pre-annexation agreement.
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