City Council, Brynn Grey report progress after West Steamboat annexation talks
STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — Real estate developers who are hoping to annex new neighborhoods into West Steamboat Springs walked away from their latest meeting with the city’s elected officials optimistic about the future of the development.
“We’re really in the zone,” Brynn Grey Partners CEO David O’Neil said Wednesday. “It was really constructive.”
The council spent about five and a half hours with Brynn Grey at a work session coming to agreements about the terms of the annexation.
It was the group’s first meeting in 182 days, and one of the most substantive both parties have had since Brynn Grey first approached the city about the concept for the new neighborhoods for local residents about two years ago.
Councilwoman Kathi Meyer said the council and the developers have now reached agreements with the developers on about 80 percent of their proposal, but there are still some significant details that will need to be worked out.
“I think there was a lot of compromise,” Meyer said. “I think council, especially (council President Jason Lacy), made it very clear we understand how important housing is to this community right now at all levels, and we hoped we could move the ball through the negotiations.
“We sat there for five and a half hours last night,” Meyer continued. “It was very thorough.”
One of the items both sides are still trying to reach an agreement on is the amount of money Brynn Grey should pitch in for highway and intersection improvements near the proposed development.
O’Neil said the city and Brynn Grey are still about $1 million apart, with the city wanting the developers to pitch in more than the $2.7 million Brynn Grey is offering.
Despite some items that are still in limbo, O’Neil said Wednesday he thinks the groups can reach an agreement on a potential annexation in the coming weeks.
“I don’t think either side thinks there’s any deal issues,” he said.
Brynn Grey will return to the council May 22 with a draft of a pre-annexation agreement for the council to consider.
If the council is willing to accept it, the city’s elected officials will also have to decide whether or not to send the proposal to voters for approval.
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