Editor’s note: This page will be updated throughout the annexation process.
The Steamboat Springs City Council voted Feb. 5 to annex 191 acres of land west of current city limits between West Acres and Silver Spur north of U.S. Highway 40. Brynn Grey Partners is the developer of the project that proposes 450 housing units — one-third of them deed restricted — over the next 16 to 20 years. In addition to a new school, parks and open space, the project will have commercial, mixed-use and large-format retail areas, which are anticipated to included a day care center and grocery store. Brynn Grey previously developed workforce housing projects in Breckenridge and Frisco.
On March 18, City Clerk Julie Franklin sent a statement of insufficiency to the Let’s Vote committee, which filed a petition to put the annexation of 191 acres west of current Steamboat Springs city limits to a public vote. The group collected 1,239 signatures, 835 of which were verified by the city. That fell short of the 1,078 verified signatures — or 10 percent of the number of registered voters in Steamboat's 2017 municipal election — needed for the petition to be successful. From the date it receives the statement of insufficiency by mail, the committee has two days to submit notice of its intention to supplement the petition or seek review of the decision by City Council, according to the statement. Committee members have said they intend to amend the petition.
By the numbers
• 191acres: The parcel includes 82 acres of open space, 12 acres for a new school, three acres of parks and two acres that were donated to the Yampa Valley Housing Authority for development.
• 450units: One-third of the total units will have workforce deed restrictions. The Housing Authority plans to build an estimated 50 of the 158 deed-restricted units on two acres of donated land. The deed restrictions require the owners to work full-time (30 hours) in Routt County, prohibit short-term rentals and cap appreciation.
• 16 to 20 years: Buildout timeframe with 10 units in the first year and 26 units anticipated in each of the following years.
• $300,000 to $499,000: Price range of deed-restricted units.
• Water: Brynn Grey will pay a minimum of $4.67 million into the newly created Water Firming Fund, which the city will use to procure new water supplies. Of the total, $292,000 will be paid before the developers break ground and $15,000 will be paid at the closing of each of the 292 market-priced units.
• Traffic: Brynn Grey will pay a minimum of $3.50 million into the newly created Transportation Firming Fund, which the city will use to pay for road improvements. Of the total, $292,000 will be paid before the developers break ground and $11,000 will be paid at the closing of each of the 292 market-priced units.
• City services: A 1 percent real estate transfer tax will be assessed on the resale of each unit within the annexation area. The funds will be used to pay for city services, with the exception of snow plowing.
• Snow plowing: Brynn Grey will pay $610,000 to fund the purchase of additional snow-plowing equipment. The funds will be paid to the city prior to breaking ground on the 199th unit, which is expected to be sometime during the eighth year of development. Prior to that, Brynn Grey will provide snow-plowing services.
• Deed restrictions: One-third, or 158, of the units in the project will have workforce deed restrictions, which require the owners and occupants to work at least 30 hours in Routt County (location-neutral employees are an exception). The restrictions also prohibit leases of fewer than six months and cap appreciation at 3 percent annually or the increase in area media income, whichever is higher. Fifty of the 158 deed-restricted units will be built by the Housing Authority and target residents making less than 80 percent of area median income, which was $86,700 for a household of four in 2018. The remaining 108 deed-restricted units are intended for households making 100 to 150 percent of AMI.
• Pioneers: For $100, Routt County residents can join the West Steamboat Neighborhoods Pioneers, a group of people who will have first dibs on deed-restricted units through a lottery. Sign up to be a Pioneer at WestSteamboatNeighborhoods.com.
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