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Council preps for annexation

Cycling community requests continued support

Brandon Gee

Steamboat Springs — In preparation of the “imminent” annexation of the planned Steamboat 700 development west of the city, the Steamboat Springs City Council held a review session Tuesday night on the particulars of the process. — In preparation of the “imminent” annexation of the planned Steamboat 700 development west of the city, the Steamboat Springs City Council held a review session Tuesday night on the particulars of the process.

— In preparation of the “imminent” annexation of the planned Steamboat 700 development west of the city, the Steamboat Springs City Council held a review session Tuesday night on the particulars of the process.

City Attorney Tony Lettunich’s presentation was similar to one he gave to City Council in October, but several events led the repeat session. Five new council members were elected in November, and the developers of Steamboat 700, who propose more than 2,000 homes in the project, have since turned their “presubmittal package” in to city planning staff. Plus, city staff and the developers have begun meeting on a regular basis to establish an agreed-upon process for moving forward.

Lettunich modified his general presentation from October to address Steamboat 700 in particular. Although a complex and subjective subject, it doesn’t appear there will be any statutory limitations that could stand in the way of the annexation.

One of the first public meetings scheduled to discuss the project is Jan. 15, when the City Council, Steamboat Springs Planning Commission and possibly the Routt County Board of Commissioners will hold a joint “scoping” meeting to identify areas of concern. That meeting will be preceded by an open house from 3 to 5 p.m.

Also Tuesday, area cyclists gathered in Centennial Hall for the formal presentation of a Bicycle Friendly Community award the city received in September from the League of American Bicyclists. The city has purchased purple signs to be placed at the entrances to town to advertise the distinction.

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“We could tell by the application that you had lots of people involved,” said Elizabeth Train, a League of American Bicyclists representative who participated in the presentation.

Following the presentation, Routt County Riders Bicycle Club Vice President Robin Craigen urged the new City Council to carry on the support shown by the previous City Council of the cycling community.

“I think we’re very encouraged at the bicycle club about how much progress we’ve made,” Craigen said. “We really hope the new City Council will continue to support this effort with the same level of commitment.”