Plan update meeting is this week |

Plan update meeting is this week

— Residents will have their first shot at weighing in on the final draft of the Steamboat Springs Area Community Plan Update Wednesday.

In the final draft phase of the plan — a plan the community has worked on for more than a year –the city will hold a community meeting to discuss the plan Wednesday night.

From 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., the city will have the draft plan, its maps and presentation boards on display in the lobby of Centennial Hall.

The start of the 7 p.m. meeting also will give residents a chance to review the plan and look at the presentation boards in Centennial Hall. The city- and county-hired consultants who worked on the plan, Clarion Associates, will then give about an hourlong presentation, and public comment will follow.

The committee meeting will kick off a number of meetings on the plan. On Thursday, a joint city and county planning commission meeting will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. That meeting will focus on input from the planning commission, but City Planner Tom Leeson said some limited public comment will be taken.

Later in the month, the city Planning Commission and City Council will have a joint meeting to discuss the plan, and the county Planning Commission and Routt County commissioners will have a joint meeting. Then, all four boards will meet.

The community area plan update is intended to be a guideline for the future of Steamboat Springs and the surrounding area and updates the one adopted in 1995. Since May 2002, working groups have addressed key issues in the plan such as land use, economic sustainable, historic preservation and growth management.

In August, the working groups saw the first draft of the plan, made their comments and then sent them back to the consultants. Clarion and Associates brought back the revised version, with hopes of approving the final version by December.

Even before the first community meeting, one group already has lodged complaints about the plan. At the Sept. 23 meeting, two members of the Yampa Valley Community Alliance asked that the city put a growth-control rate back into the plan.

This summer, Clarion and Associates gave the direction to manage the community’s growth rate by including a growth rate control mechanism in the plan. At a joint July meeting, the City Council and county commissioners both said no to a growth-rate control, after much public comment.

Along with the draft plan available for review at the city, the plan can be checked out at Bud Werner Memorial Library and the County Planning Department. Residents also can buy a copy at PostNet or view the document online at

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