If you go
What: Steamboat Springs City Council meeting
When: 5 p.m. today
Where: Centennial Hall, 124 10th St.
Contact: Call city offices at 970-879-2060 or visit www.steamboatspri... or www.steamboatpilo... for more information.
5 p.m. Year-end report and energy plan by Yampa Valley Partners; ordinances, including 2010 supplemental budget appropriation and discussion about Colorado Mountain College
7 p.m. Public comment; economic development discussion; discussion of support for Colorado Transit Coalition’s statewide request for funding
Steamboat Springs Steamboat Springs and Colorado Mountain College officials have crafted a development agreement that, if approved tonight, would place a series of new requirements on construction related to the college’s proposed classroom and administrative building.
CMC’s proposal for the 50,000-square-foot, $15 million building on its Alpine Campus in Steamboat has spurred passionate public debate for several months, particularly from residents of the nearby Bob Adams Drive, Crawford Avenue and Buckskin Drive neighborhoods. One of the latest points of contention has been whether Steamboat Springs City Council should dissolve the city’s intergovernmental agreement with CMC that requires the college to go through the city planning process for development. CMC has said dissolving that agreement would treat the college system like a school district rather than a developer.
City Council gave initial support to dissolving the agreement Dec. 7 but also directed city staff to prepare separate, new requirements that would hold CMC accountable to standards for items including landscaping, signage, road construction and sidewalk maintenance related to the new building.
City Council could give final approval tonight to dissolving the intergovernmental agreement and essentially replacing it with the new requirements, which include landscaping “to buffer impact on neighbors;” an improved Crawford Spur Road that is open to public access; and sidewalks constructed and maintained by CMC along Bob Adams Drive, the spur road and 12th Street.
The meeting begins at 5 p.m. in Centennial Hall. Also on the agenda is a year-end report from Yampa Valley Partners, which has created a wide-ranging regional energy plan with recommendations for conservation goals and strategies in the next two to five years.
“It’s primarily an education document, and a plan to educate consumers and the citizens of our valley on energy efficiency and choices they can make to save money or save energy,” said Kate Nowak, executive director of Yampa Valley Partners. “It’ll be interesting to see what kind of feedback we get from the council.”
City Council likely will hear plenty of public feedback on the CMC proposal.
In addition to the items listed above, the new requirements for CMC would include retaining walls designed with natural materials; a lighting plan that meets city standards; signs on the spur road to discourage commercial use and more.