Developers eye metro district |

Developers eye metro district

Special area would pay for Wildhorse Meadows infrastructure

— Partners in the Wildhorse Meadows project are proposing the formation of a special district to pay for infrastructure and improvements.

Partners in the project include Brent Pearson, Whitney Ward and David Hill. They are proposing a metropolitan district, which is a legal entity that operates like a government. The districts primarily are established to finance public improvements and can be located within a city, if authorized by city officials. The proposal was presented to the Steamboat Springs City Council on Thursday during a special meeting.

Pearson said the district would provide public benefit because it would allow the development to be self-sustaining and because it would “jump start” economic growth, which would benefit the mission of the Urban Renewal Authority. The URA was created to fund improvements to the base of the Steamboat Ski Area.

The Wildhorse Meadows developers also proposed the formation of the Wildhorse Charitable Foundation, which would support nonprofit programs that promote opportunity in Routt County, Pearson said.

“We think it’s a great concept,” Pearson said, adding that such a foundation would create a legacy.

The Wildhorse Meadows project would include a variety of residential and commercial buildings. It would be located on a 47-acre parcel adjacent to the Meadows parking lot and The Tennis Center at Steamboat Springs.

In other business, the City Council on Thursday:

Discussed potential 2006 ballot questions. Potential questions included the formation of a recreation district, a change in council wages and a lodging tax to support transportation. Potential questions listed on the council’s July 18 agenda include a recreation center and a general improvement district for the Urban Renewal Authority.

Approved a resolution authorizing the city to enter into an agreement with Routt County for the purchase, maintenance and operation of building permit administration software.

Approved a resolution approving the execution of a grant from Great Outdoors Colorado for a Yampa River Core Trail extension. The approval expresses the city’s intent to provide matching funds and assurances. It also authorizes the city manager to sign and execute the grant contract.

Approved a resolution adopting city boundary maps and legal description for the outer boundary for the city and for Routt County as of Dec. 31, 2005.

Passed the first reading of an ordinance vacating a common utility easement located in the Trappeurs Crossing subdivision. The ordinance must go through a second reading for final approval.

Passed the first reading of an ordinance vacating 56 square feet of a utility and access easement related to Trappeurs Crossing.

— To reach Dana Strongin, call 871-4229 or e-mail

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