Council has area plan meetings this week |

Council has area plan meetings this week

Christine Metz

The City Council will meet twice this week to review the Steamboat Springs Area Community Plan.

At tonight’s meeting, the council will meet with the city Planning Commission to review nine of the 14 areas in the plan. On Wednesday, the council will meet with Routt County commissioners to discuss the draft of the plan.

They will be the last two meetings before the city- and county-hired consultants, Clarion Associates, compile the feedback from more than a half-dozen meetings and use it to revise the draft. The revised version will be distributed in December for community review. Adoption hearings for the plan are anticipated in January.

The city has met once with the city Planning Commission. During that meeting, the council covered the more controversial issues in the plan, such as growth management and land use, along with future transportation plans.

At that meeting, the council agreed to form a separate growth commission to look at the need for implementing growth management tools. Since that meeting, the city Planning Commission has been reviewing other areas in the plan and met for a second time with the Routt County Regional Planning Commission.

City staff created a framework for discussion at tonight’s meeting based on the issues brought up at previous meetings.

The two boards most likely will talk about a suggested dedicated funding source for open space, parks and recreation and housing issues such as inclusionary zoning, jobs-to-housing linkage, maximum home-size limits and mobile home park conversion.

Also slated for discussion is the question of whether to encourage historic preservation through regulations or incentives. Another issue to be discussed is the level of service needed for capital infrastructure and finding a stable funding source for those projects.

At an Oct. 23 meeting, as they delved into the second half of the Steamboat Springs Community Area Plan Update, the two planning commissions talked about protecting mobile home parks, jump-starting the West of Steamboat Springs Area Plan and keeping affordable housing affordable.

At the joint county commissioners and county Planning Commission meeting Wednesday, the board discussed industrial use zoning and the need to support health and human services.

— To reach Christine Metz call 871-4229

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