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Council looks to extend moratorium

The Steamboat Springs City Council agreed to look at extending a moratorium on preapplication plans for the base of Steamboat Ski Area.

Some council members said at their Tuesday night meeting that the moratorium should coincide with a two- to three-week delay in drafting an update to the Mountain Town Sub Area Plan.

On March 1, the council put the moratorium in place. It prohibits any development or final development plans at the base of the ski area from coming before the city until Nov. 1.

Council members then said pre-application plans could be processed through the city after the update to the Mountain Town Sub Area Plan was completed and before the moratorium expires.

City officials anticipate the update will be finished by July 31. They said another three months is needed for the council to approve the code changes to go along with the changes suggested in the plan.

Planning Director Steve Stamey said that because of meeting schedules, the time frame could be longer. The Steamboat Springs Planning Commission is expected to see the first draft of the plan July 14. It then will need another meeting to review any changes suggested at the July 14 meeting.

The plan update is scheduled to come before the council Sept. 13. Some council members thought preapplication plans for the base area should not be processed until after they review the draft of the update.

Councilman Ken Brenner said the city is moving quickly on the updating process and said other communities have taken years to complete similar projects.

“If it takes another month or two to do a good job, I think it is something we need to talk about, given the time frame,” Brenner said.

Councilwoman Kathy Con–nell said the council should carefully consider extending the moratorium and noted that she did not want developers to lose faith in the city and abandon their projects here.

The council agreed to look at an amendment to extend the moratorium on preapplication plans during its July meetings.

The council imposed the moratorium to give the city time to complete the plan before building began at the ski area. In January, the city approved an urban renewal authority to fund public improvements to the base area. About the same time, it received five preapplications for major redevelopment projects in the area.

The boundaries for the moratorium are the same as those for the URA, encompassing the base of Steamboat Ski Area and extending to the Meadows parking area.

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