Sticking points remain in west Steamboat annexation agreement
STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — After another round of negotiating an annexation agreement, Steamboat Springs City Council and developers who seek to build three neighborhoods just west of town have not agreed on a final document.
In a nearly three-hour discussion Tuesday that City Council President Jason Lacy called “slow and painful,” council members and developers Brynn Grey worked through a list of concerns about the language of the annexation agreement.
Both the developers and council expressed frustration with the other group’s requests.
Council members Sonja Macys and Heather Sloop were concerned by how the agreement addresses parks, open spaces and natural spaces.
Brynn Grey CEO David O’Neil said the firm would prefer to address concerns about natural resources and open spaces in the regulating plan, which is a more detailed plan of the specific layout of the neighborhoods. That plan would be developed after annexation should it be approved.
Macys repeatedly told Brynn Grey representatives that when the time came to approve or reject the agreement, she would vote against it unless it specifically outlined what would be protected as a riparian area.
“I’m for more fields. I have some heartache with this, too, but I’m kind of looking at this going, ‘OK, we have more steps. Always more.’” Sloop said. “Would I love to see it here? Yes, but I don’t know if I can take another pre-annexation meeting.”
The second point of contention was the width of rights of way in the neighborhood. Council instructed Brynn Grey and Public Works Director Jon Snyder to return to council once they come to an agreement on the roadway cross sections. The agreed-upon terms then would be included in the regulating plan.
The remaining contested points will be discussed at City Council’s Aug. 21 meeting, when council also will hear the results of discussions regarding deed restrictions.
The Yampa Valley Housing Authority and Brynn Grey will negotiate the terms of deed restrictions, which set aside about one-third of the homes for people who primarily work in Routt County. The Housing Authority will be responsible for enforcing the restrictions.
Council memeber Lisel Petis was concerned that deed restrictions attached to the plan did not explicitly address the price range of homes intended to create “affordable and attainable housing.”
As council worked to summarize what it wanted to accomplish in its next discussion with Brynn Grey, Sloop said she wanted to more clearly understand the upfront cost of the development. Lacy requested that Brynn Grey provide a balance sheet in the next council packet.
City Council and Brynn Grey compromised on the following items:
- Council and Brynn Grey agreed to request that Routt County contribute to the cost of building new transportation infrastructure in the neighborhood. If Routt County commissioners do not support that idea, the two groups agreed on a contingency plan in which the developer will pay the city $292,000 up front and $11,000 per home that is built after annexation. The money would be used to help pay for improvements to transit infrastructure in the neighborhood.
- Brynn Grey will provide snow-plowing services in the neighborhood until the developer pays the city about $610,000 to purchase new snow-removal equipment to plow the additional routes the neighborhood would create.
- The city agreed to amend language regarding water services to the neighborhood to align with current citywide policy. Should Steamboat face a water shortage, no building permits would be issued in the new neighborhoods.
Lacy told the Steamboat Pilot & Today on Monday that he hoped to discuss a finalized agreement in August. The date council would approve or reject the annexation agreement remains elusive.
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