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Why don't you do us all a favor and don't post if you have nothing nice to say. And who, by the way, are you??? It's easy to be nasty when nobody knows who you are...
Nicole, it is a lovely article and I really enjoyed hearing about your Olympic experience!!!!
You are right that the housing will be of a variety of sizes and styles. The affordable housing is not going to be all houses... We need the variety anyway. I think if you look at the plans you will find that the 15 acre parcel donated to the city is no where near the dumpsters. I think it is farther back near the trails and playgrounds.
Doesn't the donation of the property give us a place to build affordable housing with funds from fee in lieu and transfer fees? I don't think the city is expected to fund the building of the homes. One of the big issues with affordable units has always been, where do we find the land... Now we will have the land. I was never fond of the way that affordable housing was handled when we insisted that these units be built in the actual development. It seemed like a waste of funds to pull market units out of the mix and make them be deed restricted. Can't we build more deed restricted units on free land west of town than at the base of the mountain? If the developer of condos at the base area can sell all units at full value can't he afford to pay more in fee in lieu so that more affordable units can be built on the free land? And wouldn't local families much rather live in a community of locals with parks and trails than in a condo with rich visitors at the base of the mountain? I know I would.
I don't understand all the venom. This annexation is our opportunity to vote on whether we choose to plan for growth or not plan for growth. If we don't see growth for the next 10 years then this development will wait until the growth comes. When the growth comes, we will be ready. Why is it so bad to plan for it? Also, just because it gets annexed does not mean that the rules of the development are set for the next 20+ years. This is just the first step in the process. Every phase has to go through a thorough planning process before it can start.
I also don't understand why you are so insistent that everyone has ulterior motives. If this developer was just looking for the easy buck he would have given up on this project a long time ago. This sure hasn't been easy...
If you do not feel that planning for our future growth is important and that this annexation is a good option then what is the right option? We either make a decision to plan for growth or to not plan for growth. If we do not plan for growth then we are making a choice that could threaten our communities character by forever threatening our ability to provide our workforce and our children an opportunity to live here.
In regards to your concern about a lack of affordable housing in Steamboat 700. I believe the annexation agreement calls for Steamboat 700 to donate15 acres of land to the City for the purpose of building permanently affordable housing. City staff determined that this15 acres of land can accommodate 400+ housing units-which means that 20% of the total housing units at Steamboat 700 will be permanently affordable. This land dedication was negotiated by the developer and City staff, recommended by City staff, adopted by City Council and endorsed by affordable housing advocates including the Yampa Valley Housing Authority. Affordable housing has always been one of the main goals of the West of Steamboat Area Plan and as such has been carefully considered by all involved from the beginning of the process.
I'm sorry, I thought you were looking for a neighbors opinion. I am a neighbor and I gave you MY opinion. I was not speaking for anyone else, just me. And I certainly have no intention of playing God.
Well, since you asked... I live on Deer Mountain, out past the end of the Steamboat airport runway. My view looks straight out over the site for the 700. My peaceful tranquility will be shattered once the 700 starts to proceed. The thought of 20 years of construction noise does not thrill me. It would be very easy for me to rail against the development for all sorts of selfish reasons but I can't. I have learned too much over the past 3 years working on Vision 2030 to do that. This is what the people who came before us planned for. This is what those who come after us, our children and grandchildren need to be able to live here, near us. I have watched the annexation process closely. With all that I have learned I feel I/we have no right to say no just because timing dictates that WE are here now and have the power to say yes or no.
I urge everyone to consider the past and the future when deciding their view on the 700. And if it goes to a vote, PLEASE take the time to educate yourself before you make a decision on behalf of so many.
I live in the county so I will not be able to vote.
No one was more surprised than Terry & I to see that last paragraph. We own the PostNet store and no, we do not sell postal services at the same price as the post office. How could we? Though UPS, FedEx and our Freight carriers provide us with discounts so that we can offer their services to our clients at competitive prices, the postal service does not give us any discounts. We pay the same prices for stamps and shipping that everyone else pays. Though UPS & FedEx pick up at our store each day, we have driven our postal items to the post office everyday for 13 years. We wait in line and we fight the traffic just like everyone else. We offer postal services at a premium to our clients who feel that it is worth the extra cost for them not to have to fight the traffic and wait in line.
We too will miss the services provided by the Sundance Post Office. Having their friendly helpful faces across the street has been wonderful and I hate to see them go. I, too, signed the petition to keep the Sundance location open. I only hope that when the Sundance Post Office closes and people turn to us to provide them with their postal services, they will understand that we can not offer postal services at cost or we would end up in the same financial situation as the postal service.
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