For many years we have talked about how to manage growth in this extraordinary valley. We have talked about how to "pace" growth and where we want to "place" it. It is our community's responsibility to seize this opportunity to annex Steamboat 700, and put our plans and visions into place.
This community has worked hard for so many years preparing studies and reports too numerous to count, in an effort to identify our community's problems. While we have studied, many of those problems have intensified, and some will certainly become more severe unless we move forward with solutions.
We support the annexation because Steamboat 700 is an approach that puts locals first. We can do something in Steamboat Springs that no mountain community in Colorado has been able to do: keep our local community and character intact by giving our work force and middle-class families choices to live closer to their jobs.
Also, we feel there will be high costs and serious consequences if the West of Steamboat Springs Area Plan is not implemented and Steamboat 700 is not annexed. Steamboat Springs will obviously survive without Steamboat 700, but we can expect haphazard, unplanned growth throughout Routt County far from the region's economic engine, more pollution, longer commutes, higher housing costs, more traffic congestion, diminished quality of life for everyone and a loss of character.
The City Council has been diligent to make sure the existing residents are protected, would benefit from this annexation, and not be burdened today or in the future by approving this annexation.
More than $100 million in benefits to Steamboat Springs are at stake - with no additional taxes on current residents. Steamboat 700 is a project that pays its own way and can be the community's financial partner to help address the existing challenges associated with U.S. Highway 40, affordable housing, expanded transit, schools, parks, fire station and much more. These challenges have been documented and discussed for years - and annexing Steamboat 700 helps us solve them.
- Opportunity for the next generation
- Opportunity for the work force
- Opportunity for the middle class
- Opportunity to retain our teachers, nurses, managers, etc.
- Opportunity for needed community infrastructure
- Opportunity to fulfill Community Plans
- Opportunity to pace growth
- Opportunity to place growth
- Opportunity to be prepared for the future
We believe that once you have all the information, you will agree that Steamboat 700 is the right path for our community's future. Steamboat 700 will strengthen our economy, create jobs and opportunity for our local businesses, protect our region's natural beauty and secure a strong, healthy and vibrant future for the next generations.
We come from different backgrounds, we have a range of experience in local government and civics, and we have different points of view on many issues. But one thing we all agree on is that Steamboat Springs' best opportunities for the future will come by annexing Steamboat 700.
- Karl Gills, Kevin Kaminski, Adonna Allen, David Pepin, Derrick Duckels, Fred Duckels, Kathy Stokes, Curtis Church, Mark Fischer, John Tomasini, Mike and Colleen Miller, Stan Urban, Paul and Sue Brunken, Scott Lewer, Pete Boniface, Bruce Carta, Marsha Daughenbaugh,