Routt County took one punch to the gut after another in 2009, a year marked with sadness, tragedy, financial struggle and, ultimately, resilience in a community that many say has nowhere to go but up. The year began with the tragic Jan. 5 death of U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Richard Lopez after an altercation outside of a restaurant in downtown Steamboat Springs. Tragedy struck again less than a week later, when Bill and Patrick Rooney died Jan. 11 in a plane crash near Yampa Valley Regional Airport in Hayden. And in February, the community lost ski pioneers John Fetcher and Jim Temple within days of each other, both from natural causes.
Local groups on opposing sides of annexation debate
On Monday, a group calling itself “Good for Steamboat” announced its intention to file with Steamboat Springs City Clerk Julie Franklin as a campaign committee in support of Steamboat 700 and Referendum A, the ballot issue that will decide the fate of the proposed development.
Report gives capacity, cost projections for potential development
Philo Shelton said Thursday that he is confident in the city’s updated plan for $34 million worth of potential water infrastructure that would service future development west of Steamboat Springs. On Tuesday, he presented a study by McLaughlin Water Engineers, of Denver, “Water and Wastewater Master Plan Updates,” to the Steamboat Springs City Council.
City voters will weigh in on proposed annexation in March 9 ballot
The Steamboat Springs City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to put the Steamboat 700 annexation to a public vote, which will conclude March 9. Ballots for the mail-only election will be sent to registered city voters between Feb. 15 and Feb. 19.
Medical marijuana regulations, building fees also on City Council agenda
After a successful petition effort last month by the citizen-led Let’s Vote group, the City Council will decide whether to repeal the ordinance that approved the annexation of Steamboat 700 in October or put that approval to a public vote.
In my 45 years of reading Steamboat Pilot & Today editorials, I don’t think I have ever seen such an astonishing commentary as what appeared last Sunday under the title “Our View: Time for 700 Education.”
Election timeline, collaboration with county to be decided
A public vote on the Steamboat 700 annexation appears certain, but details of the election remain up in the air. On Dec. 15, the Steamboat Springs City Council is scheduled to decide whether to repeal the annexation’s approval or put it to a public vote.
City manager confirms enough verified signatures to return annexation to City Council
City Manager Jon Roberts confirmed today that there are enough verified petition signatures to return the Steamboat 700 annexation to Steamboat Springs City Council and potentially put the proposal to a public vote.
The Let’s Vote group deserves our respect for standing up personally for what they believe.
Organizers say drive for annexation vote going strong; Thursday is deadline
Organizers of a petition drive to put the Steamboat 700 annexation to a public vote said Tuesday that they have submitted 1,334 signatures to the city clerk.
Let's Vote committee required to collect 829 signatures by Nov. 12 to force referendum of annexation
The committee that hopes to bring the city of Steamboat Springs' annexation of Steamboat 700 to referendum submitted its first collection of signatures Tuesday. City Clerk Julie Franklin confirmed Wednesday that the committee, known as Let's Vote, has submitted 14 petitions, which the group says contain more than 600 signatures.
Development's project manager says signature drive was not a surprise
Don't expect to see any major campaign efforts promoting Steamboat 700 while a group of citizens tries to collect enough signatures to challenge the Steamboat Springs City Council's annexation of the development. "We've always known a petition was an option of the electorate, and we respect that," Danny Mulcahy said.
A group of citizens took the first steps Tuesday toward enacting their constitutionally protected right to petition government. Kudos to them for taking an active role in our democracy. We now hope the next Steamboat Springs City Council will allow the referendum process to run its due course and not circumvent it by repealing last week's ordinance annexing the controversial Steamboat 700 project.
First step taken toward city vote on Steamboat 700 annexation
It looks as if the Steamboat Springs City Council - regardless of the outcome of the Nov. 3 election - will put Steamboat 700 to a citywide vote rather than repeal the annexation if petitioners gather enough signatures to trigger the city's referendum process.
No petitioners registered day after council OKs annexation
On the first day after the Steamboat Springs City Council approved the annexation of the Steamboat 700 development, no petitioners had registered to create a referendum to bring the issue to a citywide vote.
Possibility of referendum election still looms
The Steamboat Springs City Council voted 4-3 late Tuesday night to approve the annexation of Steamboat 700, a project that ultimately is expected to bring about 2,000 homes, 380,000 square feet of commercial space and 4,700 residents to the western edge of the city.
City Council to give final consideration to Steamboat 700 annexation
What some have billed as the most important issue to ever face the city of Steamboat Springs goes before City Council today for final consideration.
The annexation of Steamboat 700 isn't about today, tomorrow, next month, next year or even five years from now. It's about the long-term future and growth of our community, and although that may be a difficult goal to focus on amid an economic recession, it's the proactive approach our elected officials should take and are taking.
Findings estimate cars will nearly double on highway by 2035
The 13th Street bottleneck at the west entrance to downtown Steamboat Springs is left relatively unaddressed in required traffic improvements that would accompany the proposed Steamboat 700 annexation.
The proposed Steamboat 700 annexation - to differing degrees - split the candidates in all three contested races for the Steamboat Springs City Council at a Friday election forum. Steamboat 700 proposes 2,000 homes and 380,000 square feet of commercial space on 487 acres just west of city limits.
Project 1 vote away from defeat in City Council on Tuesday
Steamboat 700 came within one vote of defeat Tuesday, but Principal and Project Manager Danny Mulcahy said he was encouraged by the outcome and remains confident moving forward.
Council worries about proposed Steamboat 700's housing costs
City Council members gave initial support Tuesday night to the proposed Steamboat 700 annexation, but developers were asked to address a number of issues before returning for final consideration.
Controversial annexation goes before City Council today
The Routt County Board of Commissioners threw its weight behind the proposed Steamboat 700 annexation Tuesday. The commissioners voted, 2-1, to send a letter in support of Steamboat 700 to the city.
The culmination of two years of review begins tonight when the Steamboat Springs City Council gives preliminary consideration to a collection of ordinances and resolutions annexing Steamboat 700.
It is our community's responsibility to seize this opportunity to annex Steamboat 700, and put our plans and visions into place.
If it is not in the annexation agreement, it won't happen. City councilors, please take this statement to heart.
Learning that attendance at this year's Triple Crown Sports events is down by 20 percent, Steamboat Springs citizens can breathe a collective sigh of relief.
18 months after Pilot series, projects are struggling
Much has changed since April 2008, when the Steamboat Pilot & Today's three-part series, "City Limits," examined annexations in other Colorado communities and how they related to Steamboat Springs' consideration of Steamboat 700.
Mulcahy is answering reader questions about the proposed master-planned community in west Steamboat Springs.
Commissioners vote, 4-2, send annexation on to Sept. 29 date with City Council
Planning Commissioner Karen Dixon hailed the Steamboat 700 proposal Thursday night as a "framework for concentrated, dense, smart growth" as she made the successful motion clearing a path for the creation of more than 2,000 new homes just outside the city's western boundary.
The Steamboat Springs Planning Commission is scheduled to make a recommendation on the proposed Steamboat 700 annexation today, but the complexity of the project may necessitate an additional meeting before the issue is passed to the Steamboat Springs City Council.
Members seeking clarification about transfer fee exemption
The Steamboat Springs School Board approved a "covenant" agreement Monday night with the developers of Steamboat 700 to share the $30 million costs of a new school and high school expansion needed to accommodate student growth as a result of the proposed development west of Steamboat city limits.
Members to decide whether to approve 'covenant' agreement
Attorneys for the Steamboat Springs School Board and Steamboat 700 have reached an agreement to share the costs to build a new school needed as a result of the development west of city limits and to expand the district's high school.
The city of Steamboat Springs and the developers of the proposed Steamboat 700 annexation have negotiated for months and reached agreement on many complex issues, including affordable housing and water.
Commissioners aim to make recommendation to council next week
Concerns continue to be addressed, but hesitancy continues to be expressed about the proposed Steamboat 700 annexation.
Project gets opinions from passionate group
A large and diversly opinionated crowd turned out to the Steamboat Springs Community Center on Wednesday for an open house and town hall meeting to discuss the controversial and complex Steamboat 700 development project. Those who remain undecided used the event as an opportunity to learn more about the project.
Public open house, town hall meeting to discuss project today
City Council's debate about the proposed Steamboat 700 annexation turned suddenly emotional and more hesitant Tuesday on the eve of a public open house and town hall meeting to discuss the project.
City officials hope for a large turnout Wednesday at an open house and town hall meeting designed to provide information about the proposed Steamboat 700 annexation.
Council to review 700's capital facilities plan
City officials have decided not to renew their contract with Haymaker Golf Course pro Hank Franks and will ask the Steamboat Springs City Council today for permission to negotiate a new deal with two local men.
Negotiating team meetings opened
The city's once-private negotiating meetings with the Steamboat 700 development team were made public earlier this summer.
Steamboat Springs School Board deal could lead to new school
Steamboat Springs School Board members again will be asked to approve an agreement with the developers of Steamboat 700 to share the cost of a new school in west Steamboat.
Traffic concerns are among the many issues being debated as the Steamboat Springs City Council nears an October vote on the multi-faceted Steamboat 700 project that is seeking annexation.
Development would include provisions not in other areas
If approved and annexed, the proposed Steamboat 700 master-planned community would be subject to many provisions that won't exist in other areas of the city, according to a draft annexation agreement reviewed by the Steamboat Springs City Council on Tuesday.
City Council requests measure to discourage speculation, flipping
Steamboat Springs City Council members said they want to see language inserted to discourage speculation and property flipping but otherwise directed no major changes to a draft annexation agreement with Steamboat 700.
The Steamboat Springs School Board approved an agreement Monday with Steamboat 700 developers to share the costs of a potential new school. Board members voted, 4-0, to approve the agreement, which stipulates Steamboat 700 developers would pay 47.2 percent of the estimated $30 million cost - in today's dollars - to construct the school and expand Steamboat Springs High School.
The Steamboat Springs City Council will discuss for the first time today the document that could govern growth in a large section of western Steamboat for the next two decades.
Residents could pay double the property taxes
As the city nears a decision this fall about whether to annex Steamboat 700, concerns have been raised about how well the proposed project will achieve its No. 1 goal: affordable housing. Principal and Project Manager Danny Mulcahy said residents of the development could be subject to property taxes 20 to 50 percent higher than residents of the city.
A final vote about whether to annex Steamboat 700 - the proposed master-planned community of about 500 acres - is scheduled for Oct. 13. Mail-in ballots must be delivered to voters between Oct. 9 and 19. The coincidental timing underscores the substantial role Steamboat 700 will play in the 2009 Steamboat Springs City Council election.
The Steamboat Springs School District has reached a tentative agreement with the developers of Steamboat 700, Superintendent Shalee Cunningham said Thursday.
Developers say they will split cost of $30M schools project
Steamboat Springs School District Superintendent Shalee Cunningham said attorneys for the district and Steamboat 700 developers were drafting the agreement to split the cost of a school that would be needed as a result of the proposed development seeking annexation into western Steamboat Springs.