Steamboat housing forum in works for summer

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— The city of Steamboat Springs has more than a year until its community housing requirements go back into effect and the same amount of time to decide what kind of housing it wants to see in the future and how to get there.

In that vein, Steamboat Springs Planning Director Tyler Gibbs is in the early stages of planning a housing roundtable or forum for June that will gather local stakeholders and experts from outside Steamboat to address the issue of housing.

“I know that there are developers around the state that this is their primary business: developing a full range, a full spectrum of housing,” Gibbs said. “We create a little bit of a stigma by referring to affordable housing. We want to create a full spectrum.”

Gibbs said the plan is to invite developers who’ve had experience in this arena to present what they’ve learned elsewhere and address with interested parties what challenges might be specific to Steamboat.

It would be an opportunity to hopefully generate creative ideas and provide some networking, he said.

The Colorado Association of Realtors has expressed interest in being involved.

Gibbs said he hasn’t reached out to particular people so far but is targeting June 13 for the date and has reserved Centennial Hall.

“We don’t want to exclude anybody that has an interest in the topic,” he said.

The discussion should encompass all components of affordability, Gibbs said, including utilities and transportation not just housing.

“As we think about how we can continue to be a community attractive to location-neutral businesses, people who want to move here to find a job, start a business, grow a career, those are the people we really want to talk about,” he said. “What are their housing needs long term? How can we be best positioned?”

To reach Michael Schrantz, call 970-871-4206, email mschrantz@SteamboatToday.com or follow him on Twitter @MLSchrantz

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