City, county officials to meet today
If you go
What: Joint meeting of the Routt County Commissioners and the Steamboat Springs City Council
When: Noon to 2 p.m.
Where: Commissioner's Hearing Room, Routt County Courthouse Annex, 136 6th St.
Contact: Call the commissioner's office at 879-0108
Steamboat Springs — City and council officials will meet at noon today to discuss future development in west Steamboat Springs.
“The big item (today) is how to move forward with the development of infrastructure of west Steamboat,” City Council President Ken Brenner said, referring to a joint meeting of council members and Routt County Commissioners.
Key to that development, Brenner said, are “connector” roads in the west part of Steamboat, one running east to west from Downhill Drive to Routt County Road 42, and the other running north to south up Slate Creek, near the runway at Steamboat Springs Airport.
Constructing those roads along with water and sewer systems could spark development in an area that Brenner said could include as much as 50 percent affordable housing for Steamboat’s workforce.
“We have to be visionary,” Brenner said. “Just look at what’s happened to the housing market out here in the past ten years – it staggers the imagination.”
Also on the agenda for the joint meeting is a recognition of the work of Renee Donahue, outgoing early childhood manager for First Impressions, which facilitates grants for preschools in Routt County; the annual report from the Yampa Valley Housing Authority; and a proposal to update Vision 2020, a multi-faceted projection of future Routt County needs and goals sponsored by numerous local groups and citizens.
Through a series of public meetings and research held across the county over the next 18 months to two years, at an estimated cost of $154,000, the updated vision would recommend policy decisions and strategies to deal with growing population, education, transportation, economic, open space and planning needs in the Yampa Valley.
Vision 2020 was first published in 1994.
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