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City Council to host town halls on West Steamboat annexation proposal

Brynn Grey Partners seeks to annex this land west of current city limits, adjacent to the Overlook Park Development.

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — Steamboat Springs City Council will again consider annexing 190 acres west of current city limits this week.

The proposed West Steamboat Neighborhoods development would build about 450 homes and apartments in the area adjacent to the Overlook Park development. Of these, 158 homes would be deed-restricted to people living in Routt County.

An ordinance annexing the area is scheduled to go before council a third time Tuesday. The previous two iterations of the ordinance were tabled to allow the developer to finalize agreements with other organizations and iron out the details of who will be given first right to purchase deed-restricted homes in the development.

If you go

What: City Council meeting
When: 5 p.m. Tuesday
Where: Citizens’ Meeting Room in Centennial Hall, 124 10th St.

What: West Steamboat Neighborhoods annexation town halls
When: 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Jan. 17
Where: Citizens’ Meeting Room in Centennial Hall, 124 10th St.

If you cannot attend the meetings, you can contact City Council or watch a live video stream of the meetings by visiting steamboatsprings.net.

“Those (agreements) are really important to us,” Lacy said. “We want to make sure all those final i’s are dotted and t’s are crossed because those could have a big impact on whether this is going to be successful or not. I’m really hoping we can see those agreements come together.”

Documents that will be presented in the City Council meeting Tuesday indicate that agreements with the Yampa Valley Housing Authority, Steamboat Springs School District and Alpine Bank are close to being signed. A written acknowledgment that Brynn Grey’s annexation would not impact the Routt County Rifle Club will also be attached to the ordinance and has been signed by the management of Steamboat 700 LLC.

City Council has planned two town halls on the annexation, from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Jan. 12 and 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Jan. 17.

The second reading of the ordinance, in which City Council could formally annex the land, is set for later in January. This date will be established after a successful first reading.

Council President Jason Lacy said the group scheduled the town halls after first reading in hopes that residents could comment on a complete proposal with finalized agreements.

“That’s what we’re really hoping — is that we’ll have everything available on Tuesday — so the community will have a chance to review it all and get a sense for what’s truly being proposed in its entirety,” he said.

Each town hall will open with a 30-minute meet and greet with City Council and staff. Council will then hold a 90-minute question and answer session. Light refreshments will be provided. Fact sheets about key issues within the proposal will also be available, Lacy said.

“We really want to give people a chance to come in and have an actual dialogue with us,” Lacy said.

He added the format of City Council meetings, with a hard, 3-minute time limit for public comment, is not conducive to asking and responding to questions. He hopes the town halls will help people understand the specifics of the annexation proposal.

“We’ve been negotiating for a long time, so we want to make sure people get a chance to really come in a little bit more of an informal setting to ask us very specific and detailed questions about what’s going on,” he said.

To reach Eleanor Hasenbeck, call 970-871-4210, email ehasenbeck@SteamboatPilot.com or follow her on Twitter @elHasenbeck.


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