Council, commissioners unite Monday to discuss agenda items


If you go

What: Joint meeting of the Steamboat Springs City Council and the Routt County Board of Commissioners

When: 5 p.m. Monday

Where: Centennial Hall, 124 10th St.

Call: City offices at 879-2060 or county offices 879-0108 for more information


- Vision 2030 final report presentation

- U.S. Highway 40 NEPA study

- Parks and Recreation Master Plan

- Slate Creek connector road in west of Steamboat Springs area

— Steamboat 700's responsibility for a new road connecting Routt County Road 129 to U.S. Highway 40 in western Steamboat will be up for discussion Monday at a joint meeting of the Steamboat Springs City Council and Routt County Board of Commissioners.

The Slate Creek connector road, as it is known, is called out in the city and county's West Steamboat Springs Area Plan. It would stretch from C.R. 129 north of the Steamboat Springs Airport, through the proposed Steamboat 700 project west of city limits that is seeking annexation, to U.S. 40.

"From a regional transportation perspective, a north-south connection could alleviate the traffic demand at U.S. 40 and C.R. 129 by providing an alternate route for north-county traffic destined to the west (Yampa Valley Regional Airport and Craig)," a city staff report states.

But, noting that the proposed road would cross other tracts of developable land, the developers of Steamboat 700 don't believe they should be required to build the entire thing.

"Steamboat 700 believes that other property owners along this alignment who choose to develop their property in the future should build the (Slate Creek connector) through their sites," land-use consultant Peter Patten wrote in a letter to Routt County Manager Tom Sullivan.

In its staff report, the city appears to prefer that the entire road be constructed. In addition to who builds the road, there also are questions about when it would be built, its alignment, its funding and whether the road actually is desirable.

"The (Slate Creek connector) will be more important and useful to north county traffic," Steamboat 700 transportation consultant Bill Fox wrote in a letter to the city. "The Steamboat 700 project does not trigger the need to complete the (Slate Creek connector) all the way to C.R. 129. From a roadway capacity perspective, the (Slate Creek connector) is not needed at all to serve the development traffic generated by Steamboat 700."

Also on Monday, the two elected bodies will discuss and potentially adopt a plan to widen U.S. Highway 40 to four lanes in western Steamboat and are scheduled to do the same with the final report of the Vision 2030 community planning project.

The Parks and Recreation Master Plan also is up for consideration. In its final draft form, the master plan makes a number of recommendations. They include adding additional playgrounds north of Lincoln Avenue; adding loop walks, picnic shelters and restrooms to some parks; repairing or replacing the fishing dock at Casey's Pond; creating a park land dedication/fee-in-lieu policy; expanding the trail network; and developing master plans for the city rodeo grounds and undeveloped parks such as Rita Valentine Park and the Bear River parcel in western Steamboat.


stillinsteamboat 7 years, 10 months ago

I am thinking north of the airport is county rd. 44. how and where is the proposed Slate Creek rd. going to intersect with 44?


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