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Steamboat 700 to debate roads, density this week

By the numbers

Cost of U.S. 40 improvements in west Steamboat

Steamboat 700 consultants' preliminary cost-sharing proposal

Without large-format retail

Total cost $56.8 million

Steamboat 700 share $16.9 million

With large-format retail

Total cost $56.8 million

Steamboat 700 share $20 million

If you go

What: Steamboat 700 discussion with Routt County Board of Commissioners

When: 3:30 p.m. today

Where: Commissioners Hearing Room, Routt County Courthouse, 522 Lincoln Ave.

Call: County offices at 879-0108 for more information

What: Steamboat Springs Planning Commission meeting

When: 6 p.m. Thursday

Where: Centennial Hall, 124 10th St.

Call: City planning offices at 871-8258 for more information

The Steamboat 700 development team hopes to earn a commitment today from Routt County government that it will devote tax revenue generated in west Steamboat to the financing of infrastructure improvements in the area.

In a letter to the commissioners, Steamboat 700 attorney Bob Weiss wrote that developers will pay their pro rata share for improvements – most notably those to U.S. Highway 40 – and are concerned that the county may not make a similar commitment to chip in. Weiss argues that contributing to the cost of the improvements is in the county’s best financial interest long-term because it will allow the development to move forward in the targeted growth area of west Steamboat rather than “random and dispersed incremental development.” Steamboat 700 proposes about 2,000 homes just west of Steamboat Springs’ city limits and is seeking annexation.

Projections prepared by Steamboat 700 consultants show the development generating $28.1 million in county use, sales and property taxes during 20 years. County Manager Tom Sullivan, however, said those numbers are based on aggressive growth numbers that are “a lot more than history would show.” Commissioner Diane Mitsch Bush also noted that a portion of county property taxes are dedicated to specific uses.



On Thursday, the Steamboat Springs Planning Commission will continue its discussion of a target build-out for the area west of the city that includes Steamboat 700 and 360 Village, another project seeking annexation

The city’s West of Steamboat Springs Area Plan included about 1,100 acres of vacant land and an intended build-out of 1,100 to 2,635 units, or 1 to 2.4 dwelling units per acre. Steamboat 700 and 360 Village are proposing more than 2,900 units on 620 of those acres, or 4.8 dwelling units per acre. The city also estimates an additional 925 dwelling units can be expected within existing city limits west of 13th Street.



City planners estimate that allowing the number of units proposed would require widening U.S. Highway 40 to six lanes, while the WSSAP target requires only four lanes. Steamboat 700 Principal and Project Manager Danny Mulcahy has said the increase in density is a good thing that will help prevent sprawl in outlying areas of Routt County.

“It sounds counter-intuitive, but adding more homes and more residents in a master-planned, mixed-use community will create a transit-friendly community that gets people out of their cars,” Mulcahy wrote in a recent e-mail newsletter. “Density adjacent to the city also provides more opportunity for Steamboat Springs workers to live close to where they work, instead of increasing the ever-growing commuting pressure from Hayden and Craig on U.S. 40.”


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