Bud Romberg: Good for all of us

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— Steamboat Springs residents will have, as we all know, an opportunity shortly to ratify or reject the annexation of Steamboat 700.

For almost 20 years, we have been told by state demographers to expect that our city and county populations will increase dramatically by 2025 and beyond. Because of that, the community has been polled and re-polled in search of a strategy to cope with this growth, and from this came the West of Steamboat Springs Area Plan. For years, the fiscal requirements were so onerous that no one was willing to develop there.

We now have a partner who is willing and able to partner with the community. Steamboat 700 has demonstrated a commitment to this community by complying with the terms and conditions of WSSAP, and has already committed tens of millions of dollars to back up this commitment.

It is incumbent on all of us to become educated with respect to the terms of the annexation agreement, which protect us, the citizens of Steamboat Springs, so that we can embrace it rather than fear it.

In my 43-plus years here I have seen the population grow almost sevenfold. There was land available to handle that growth. Without Steamboat 700, there will not be land available to handle the expected population doubling in the next 20 to 30 years, and the folks who make up the working class will find it harder and harder to live here. This, of course, will exacerbate the traffic and pollution problems due to commuters, but more important, it will severely damage the “community character” we have all come to cherish.

To me, Steamboat 700 is our last and best hope to save this community character and to allow our children and their children to live and work in Steamboat Springs if they choose to do so.

Take the time and find out the real facts about what the annexation agreement really does to protect all of us. When you do, I think you will agree that Steamboat 700 will be good for all of us.

Bud Romberg

Steamboat Springs

Comments

addlip2U 4 years, 12 months ago

Are you serious Bud? For you to write this, clearly, you had to be paid by the Steamboat 700 development team like Chad James and Curtis Church are.

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realfeel 4 years, 11 months ago

Bud, Your population argument is good but let that happen outside of Steamboat. Steamboat is a destination resort not a front range urban sprawl. The city derives its revenues from sales tax not property tax. There is no benefit to the city annexing this development. There is no benefit to the citizens of town. In fact it will result in lower house values and higher water rates that, by the way, will be on the backs of the townies not Mount Werner.

I think you underestimate the strength of this community. This grow or die philosophy doesn't hold water.

I imagine this annexation is a panacea for control freaks.

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Tubes 4 years, 11 months ago

realfeel, thanks for admitting (but a poor attempt to downplay--'higher water rates,' gimme a break!) the realfeel reason for opposing 700: 'lower house values.' Sadly, this is the very reason for a lot of the opposition to this thing. And that's downright disgusting.

With this self serving (and again, disgusting) mentality, you simply are not allowed to comment on the 'strength of this community.' Not to mention that (clearly) through your above comments, you are a second homeowner. How dare you even try and talk 'community,' Go home!

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housepoor 4 years, 11 months ago

The 2010 census will happen this spring and I bet the results will change the state demographers projections dramatically. If population growth is the justification for 700 then why not wait until the results are in?

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JusWondering 4 years, 11 months ago

What is it that people don't understand. Annexation does not equal development. There is absolutely no way on Earth that any developer in his/her right mind will come in and dig one hole, build one street, run one electrical line unless there is a profit to be made on it. One does not make a profit by deflating the value of existing homes.

realfeel unless you have some statistics to back up your statement I would be careful about your posts. If you look at urban sprawl on the front range it did not deflate the value of homes, but increased them by making the front range more attractive to employers for relocation because they had access to a work force. Before anyone takes it otherwise, I am not in favor of urban sprawl in Steamboat... it is just a poor argument to state that your home value will decrease as a result of development.

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Scott Wedel 4 years, 11 months ago

I basically agree with JusWondering which is why I am against this annexation.

They paid so much for the property and agreed to pay for all impact costs that it is going to take a long time before they develop it. Thus, instead of being developed and providing local housing, it will sit vacant with vested development rights until housing prices are far higher current prices. Meanwhile Stagecoach and Hayden will absorb the bulk of the growth. Thus, approving SB 700 will guarantee the exact sprawl that good growth planning advocates would like to avoid.

Also, I have severe doubts regarding the demographic projections of large continued growth. Skiing and winter sports has had virtually no success attracting new participants that are not of European background (aka white). The projected national and worldwide population of white people is projected to have minimal growth. If SB and winter sports were truly a worldwide attraction then there would Chinese, Indians and so on that would be buying up SB real estate.

Why are we approving an annexation that will not be built for probably 10 years?

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