Growth advisory group has first meeting |

Growth advisory group has first meeting

Christine Metz

The growth management advisory group held its first meeting Wednesday for members to get to know each other and the concept of growth management.

At that meeting, the group of eight community members set a six-month time frame to develop a recommendation for growth management. They hope to take it to the Steamboat Springs City Council and Routt County Commissioners, City Planner Tom Leeson said.

“Their goal is to be very focused, very efficient and reach for the six-month deadline,” Leeson said.

The growth management group also decided to hold its meetings from 4 to 6 p.m. on the second and fourth Wednesday of every month at Centennial Hall.

The growth management advisory group is an offshoot of the Steamboat Springs Community Area Plan and was born out of a controversy about the issue of growth management.

As part of the adopted area plan, the advisory group is directed to come back to the council and county commissioners with recommendations about growth management measures that address the rate of growth and its effects on the community.

Leeson said much of the meeting was spent introducing the members to each other and explaining the basics of growth management. The group also received handouts and information about the work that the growth management working group did during the update of the community plan.

The advisory group members decided that they wanted to reach a recommendation through group consensus and that if a consensus could not be reached, then the final recommendation would come from a majority agreement.

The group agreed to allow public comment at the beginning and end of each meeting. Members decided to wait until the group was further along to elect a chair person and co-chairperson.

In September, an interview committee of council members and county commissioners selected eight members from 18 applicants to serve on the board. They were Lynn Abbott, Will Bashan, Diane Brower, James Moylan, Ann Oliver, Christi Ruppe, Norbert Turek and Robert Wilmoth.

One of the members, Ruppe is leaving town, Leeson said, so the interview committee will appoint another member. The committee also is looking to appoint an alternate member to the group.

The interview committee included county commissioners Doug Monger and Dan Ellison and city councilwomen Kathy Connell and Susan Dellinger.

Interview committee members said they wanted representatives from the city and county planning commissions, the Yampa Valley Housing Authority, a city and county business owner, a city and county service industry employee, two representatives from other municipalities, a second homeowner and an at-large member.

The next growth management meeting is set for Dec. 8 at Centennial Hall. The group will get an overview of the legal aspects of growth management from Clarion Associations, the consultants who worked on the community plan.

“We really won’t get into the nitty-gritty stuff probably until January,” Leeson said.

— To reach Christine Metz call 871-4229

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