Last day to register for Steamboat 700 vote

Deadline to sign up to vote on Steamboat 700 annexation is today

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To register

■ Register to vote at the Routt County Clerk and Recorder’s Office in the Routt County Courthouse, on Lincoln Avenue between Fifth and Sixth streets in downtown Steamboat Springs. Call the office at 870-5558.

■ Change or update your address at that office or at City Hall, 137 10th St. Call City Hall at 879-2060.

■ Check your registration status online through the Clerk and Recorder’s “Elections” link at www.co.routt.co.us, or through the Colorado Secretary of State’s office at www.sos.state.co.us/pubs/elections. Absentee ballot request forms are available at City Hall and online through the city clerk’s voter information link at http://steamboatsprings.net.

Online

■ Learn more about the proposed Steamboat 700 annexation at www.steamboatpilot.com/news/steamboat700/.

■ Learn more about the Let’s Vote issue committee, opposing the Steamboat 700 annexation, on the Web at https://letsvoteno.com.

■ Learn more about the Good for Steamboat committee, supporting the Steamboat 700 annexation, on the Web at www.good4steamboat.com.

Vote on 700

■ Ballots for the mail-only election will be sent to registered Steamboat Springs voters between Feb. 15 and 19. The election ends March 9.

■ Steamboat 700 is a proposed master-planned community on 487 acres adjacent to the western city limits of Steamboat Springs. The project proposes about 2,000 homes — from apartments to single-family home lots — and 380,000 square feet of commercial development that would be built to the standards of new urbanism (dense, walkable and transit-friendly).

— Calendar dates are starting to be checked off as the city moves closer to what might be the most controversial vote in a generation.

Today is the last day for city residents to register to vote on the fate of Steamboat 700, the proposed annexation on 487 acres just west of current city limits. In one week, on Feb. 15, the city and contractor Integrated Voting Solutions will begin sending ballots to registered voters for the all-mail election that concludes March 9. Ballots will be mailed through Feb. 19. On Feb. 16 is the first deadline for the filing of campaign finance reports with Steamboat Springs City Clerk Julie Franklin. The election’s other campaign finance reporting deadlines are March 5 and April 8.

Steamboat 700 has sparked heated local debate about issues including its impacts to traffic and water supply, its plans for affordable and attainable housing, and costs of infrastructure and capital projects related to the annexation’s proposed 2,000 homes and 380,000 square feet of commercial space.

But as much as the term “Steamboat 700” has been voiced in recent months, it could change after March 9, regardless of the vote’s result. Steamboat 700 principal and project manager Danny Mulcahy noted last week that the term Steamboat 700 is the “purchasing entity” for the proposed annexation, which would be re-named through a branding effort should the vote be successful. The same is true for the New Victory Parkway, the primary road through the site, he said.

Residents can register to vote at the Routt County Clerk and Recorder’s Office in the Routt County Courthouse, on Lincoln Avenue between Fifth and Sixth streets in downtown Steamboat Springs. Residents who already are registered can change or update their address at that office and also can change or update their address at City Hall at 137 10th St.

County Elections Supervisor Vicki Weber repeatedly has cautioned voters to make sure their address is updated if they have moved or changed their mailing address.

People with questions about their registration status can call the county Clerk and Recorder’s Office at 870-5558, or City Hall at 879-2060. City Clerk Julie Franklin and city legal assistant Lynn Donaldson, acting as chief election deputy, are leading the city’s election efforts.

Running the election is the city’s task, but an intergovernmental agreement allows the county, which has election experience and equipment, to tally votes.

Online resources also are available for voters.

Voters can check their registration status online through the Clerk and Recorder’s “Elections” link at www.co.routt.co.us, or through the Colorado Secretary of State’s office at www.sos.state.co.us/pubs/elections. Absentee ballot request forms are available online through the city clerk’s voter information link at http://steamboatsprings.net.

Franklin said absentee ballot request forms also are available at City Hall, for residents who have a different address in the winter, for example.

Mailed ballots will not be forwarded.

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