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Steamboat Springs Area Community Plan enters next phase of public input

Michael Schrantz

The public will have another chance to weigh in on the future development of Steamboat Springs on Wednesday night when they are invited to learn about three growth alternatives during a Steamboat Springs Area Community Plan workshop. The three options range from the most high-density infill and the least westward expansion to a preference for more immediate westward annexation and more single-family homes.

— The public input into the Steamboat Springs Area Community Plan enters another stage Wednesday.

The progress thus far has been distilled into three growth alternatives, and members of the public are invited to learn more about the options and offer their preference at 6 p.m. at Centennial Hall.

The three options range from the most high-density infill and least westward expansion to a preference for more immediate westward annexation and preference for single-family homes.

The Community Plan is a joint effort between the city of Steamboat Springs and Routt County to set a vision for the community and the steps to get there as our region of Northwest Colorado continues to grow.

Nearly 40 meetings and workshops have been held since the process to update the plan began in 2011, according to a news release.

Early in the process, city planner Rebecca Bessey said, the planning team went to the public to ask whether the 10 vision statements outlined in the 2004 plan still were valid. The resounding answer, she said, was that the statements still outline what residents would like to see the city achieve, even if the steps to get there change some.

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"We're presenting these alternatives with assumption these 10 statements are still valid," Bessey said about the three growth options that will be on display Wednesday.

Each option has a map for the current population size and shows how it would change if Steamboat grew by 1,500 people, 3,000 people and 4,500 people.

Where westward annexation might not be suggested until 4,500 additional full-time residents in Alternative No. 1, annexation might be an option after only 1,500 new residents in Alternative No. 3.

Bessey said an initial presentation will give some background and context on the process and explain how to read the maps.

Afterward, attendees can examine the three alternatives and speak with planning staff.

"We're going to give them the opportunity to walk around, look, talk, then they can make their choice before they leave," Bessey said, noting the meeting will not take as much time as the board game planning activity in spring 2012.

The choice for those who attend to participate in the meeting is twofold. First, which alternative best achieves the vision of the community as outlined in the 10 statements? Second, which do you prefer?

Six meetings, including Wednesday’s, are scheduled across the city during the upcoming weeks. A seventh meeting is in the works, Bessey said.

The presentation and the opportunity to participate also will be available online, she said. In the near future, a link will take visitors from to the COMPASS Online presentation and survey.

After all the feedback is gathered, planning staffs for the city and county will be tasked with incorporating it into draft plans.

"We really would love to have the people come to the meetings," Bessey said. "It's helpful to have people in the same room with other people that are interested."

To reach Michael Schrantz, call 970-871-4206 or email

Public meeting schedule

Wednesday: Citizens Hall at Centennial Hall, 124 10th St.

June 5: Commissioners Hearing Room at the Routt County Courthouse, 522 Lincoln Ave.

June 11: Conference Room 1 at Yampa Valley Medical Center, 1024 Central Park Drive

June 17: East Room at Steamboat Springs Community Center, 1605 Lincoln Ave.

June 19: Library Hall at Bud Werner Memorial Library, 1289 Lincoln Ave.

June 26: Mountain Fire Station, 2600 Pine Grove Road (park on Pine Grove)

Meetings start at 6 p.m.

2004 vision statements

• Concentrate urban and infill development

• Improve the community’s core areas

• Maintain the area’s “sense of community”

• Develop a comprehensive, integrated transportation system

• Promote stewardship of natural, scenic and environmentally sensitive areas

• Develop an open lands program

• Provide affordable housing

• Diversify and balance the economic base

• Preserve historic resources

• Provide infrastructure and public services efficiently and equitably

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