Steamboat Springs Several years ago, I attended a forum on growth that the Community Alliance of the Yampa Valley sponsored. It was a two-night event, with a panel of experts from all across the state. I was so impressed, I joined CAYV that night. It wasn't long after I found myself on the board of directors, and I am proud to represent the Community Alliance.
Our mission is to help preserve the natural environment, enhance the quality of life, retain the unique character of our community and build a sustainable society in harmony with the natural environment through education, community education, community action, and community participation.
We have never advocated for no growth. Smart growth is not just a cliche. To manage growth wisely, we must use all the tools available to us. We are fortunate to have the Steamboat Springs Area Community Plan and West of Steamboat Springs Area Plan to help guide us so we can better manage growth. These plans represent many hours of hard work and are a great voice of the community. Vision 2030's report is another document that represents our community and what we are hoping the future can be.
The Community Alliance has been the watchdog for the whole community. We were there to fight for the preservation of the Urban Growth Boundaries, making sure the City Council did not let developers off the hook for an estimated $4.6 million in use tax they owed, preserving the semblance of an affordable housing policy, supporting a water dedication policy, pushing for smart growth and urging for a public vote on annexations. We need at least one organization to ask, "What is going on?" Or, "What's the rush?" We need an organization to take the risk and ask the powerful to answer questions. And we need someone standing in front of City Council just to represent our community.
This work could not be done without an organizer. We are very fortunate to have Steve Aigner on board our ship.
President of The Community Alliance of the Yampa Valley