Steamboat briefs: New planning development application forms released |

Steamboat briefs: New planning development application forms released

The city of Steamboat Springs Planning Department is now using updated development application forms, which are designed to streamline the overall process for applicants.

The new suite of development application forms includes: one simplified application for all processes; digital submittal capabilities; dynamic submittal requirements customizable to each project; reduced hardcopy requirements; informational handouts explaining the process and requirements; and opportunities for presubmittal meetings in person, over the phone or via email.

Applicants will see the following changes at the Planning Department and on the city's website including new forms, a portal to digitally upload new projects and resubmittals and presubmittal meeting availability.

Applicants should note that presubmittal meetings become mandatory as part of the development review process beginning July 3.

All development review applications fall into one of three groups: land use, site development or subdivision. Within those three groups, there are administrative and public hearing projects.

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The new forms and informational handouts provide fully coordinated, user-friendly direction in completing comprehensive applications for all services provided by the department.

Scientist talks about future of Steamboat snowfall

Bud Werner Memorial Library and Yampatika present "The Science of Snowfall with Atmospheric Scientist Kevin Cooper," a free community science talk exploring the impact of mid-level jet stream patterns and trends on Steamboat Springs' seasonal snowfall.

The talk will be held at 6:30 p.m. today, in Library Hall.

The mid-level jet stream has many important implications for winter recreation in the Steamboat area. Cooper focuses on the impact of trends in jet stream patterns and what this may mean in terms of increasing snowfall variability.

For example, non-average snowfall seasons are now becoming the new normal.

Cooper shares insight into how mid-level jet stream patterns have been evolving and changing during the past few decades, highlighting configurations that favor more or less snowfall in the northern Colorado mountains, and looking at trends in the frequency of present and future flows based upon current global climate models.

Despite dire media headlines, the ski mountain snowfall of the future may not match public perceptions and expectations in a changing climate. Visit for more information.

Session about social host ordinance set for Thursday

Grand Futures, in partnership with the Steamboat Springs Police Department, will be holding an informational and question-and-answer session on the city's social host ordinance from 6 to 7 p.m. Thursday, May 4 at Library Hall.

The social host ordinance, passed in 2009, holds adults accountable for allowing underage drinking parties in their homes. With prom season and summer around the corner, parents are encouraged to attend Thursday's session to learn how to best protect their children and themselves and to have individual questions answered by law enforcement representatives.

Light refreshments and appetizers will be served.

Local hospice volunteer training offered May 18, 19

Northwest Colorado Health will host a hospice certification training for individuals interested in volunteering their time to support hospice patients and families in Routt, Moffat or Grand counties. The training will be held from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. May 18 and 19 at The Haven Community Center in Hayden, 300 South Shelton Lane. A light breakfast and lunch will be served.

The two-day training and a one-year commitment are required to be a hospice volunteer. A variety of volunteer opportunities are available, including helping hospice patients and families with errands, meal preparation and light household tasks or simply sharing hobbies and interests.

Contact Kyleigh Lawler at or 970-871-7609 for more information or to register.