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‘Trophy homes’ on city, county meeting agenda

Michelle Bales

— City and county officials will cover both ends of the spectrum when they meet in a joint session this week. Trophy homes and affordable housing are two topics to be discussed when representatives from the city of Steamboat Springs and Routt County get together for lunch on Wednesday.

City Manager Paul Hughes said some community members are concerned about the increasing size of new homes in the county and what it costs to serve those homes.

“There’s some feeling amongst the growth-control folks that houses above a certain level ought to pay excise taxes and impact fees for their impacts on the community,” Hughes said.

Hughes said City Council members want to see what the county commissioners think about trophy homes. Other communities, such as Pitkin County, have tried to slow the pace of giant houses by placing a cap on the size of new home construction.

The city and the county officials also will hear from the Regional Affordable Living Foundation. That group is expected to update the government leaders on efforts to buy land and provide affordable housing for local residents.

Also on the agenda is a discussion of a regional construction-site management plan.

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County Commissioner Ben Beall said the city and the county need to decide what the regulations governing construction sites will be, to set a consistent standard.

Other items on the agenda include updates on the review of the Steamboat Springs Area Community Plan and the West of Steamboat Plan.

The Steamboat Springs City Council and the Board of County Commissioners are scheduled to meet from noon to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday in the courthouse annex hearing room at 136 Sixth St.

To reach Michelle Bales call 871-4208 or e-mail mbales@amigo.net

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