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Draft of plan update available to residents

Christine Metz

A draft of the Steamboat Springs Area Community Plan Update is available, and the governmental review process of the document has begun.

Last week, copies of the draft arrived at the city and the Steamboat Springs Planning Commission began looking at it Thursday night. The review process will continue through October, as the draft goes before the Routt County Planning Commission, the Steamboat Springs City Council and the Routt County Board of Commissioners.

The public also will have chance to weigh in on the plan at an Oct. 8 community meeting. That day, an open house will be held at Centennial Hall for those to come in and view the plan. At the evening meeting, residents will have time to ask questions, look at specific sections of the plan and hear a presentation from those who put the draft together. The last hour of the meeting will be dedicated to receiving public comments on the plan.

For more than a year, the community has been working to update the plan. Since May 2002, working groups have addressed key issues in the plan such as land use, economic sustainability, historic preservation and growth management.

In August, the working groups saw the first draft of the plan, and sent their comments to the consultants working, Clarion and Associates.

Clarion and Associates used the working group and public comments to create the current version, which will undergo extensive public review. This round of comments will be used to create a final version of the Community Plan Update, which should be approved in December.

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One group already has lodged complaints about the plan. At Tuesday night’s City Council meeting, two members of the Yampa Valley Community Alliance asked that the city put a growth-control mechanism back into the plan.

At a joint July meeting, the City Council and the county commissioners said no to a growth rate control, after much public comment.

“Some worry about the unintended consequences of growth management, but most citizens I know are worried about the unintended consequences of no growth management,” Community Alliance member Robert Mullen told the council Tuesday. “We would like the council to please reconsider and put a growth-management plan back in the tool box.”

City Planner Tom Leeson said the growth-rate control was taken out because the City Council and county commissioners were clear in their direction to not include a growth-control mechanism in the plan.