Letter: We can make the Brown Ranch project work

So, what happens now? The voters have spoken on Brown Ranch and approved 2i.

With the annexation agreement in limbo due to the petition to delay it and get it on yet another ballot, how is that productive other than to continue to stall what was voted for? 

When can we move on and ensure that Brown Ranch is done the right way under the current circumstances by working together as a community with a common goal? Or do we stay divisive and continue to derail progress? Who does that benefit in the end? Who does it hurt?

No one is asking for a blank check. The current structure does not allow for a blank check. We should continue to hold the Yampa Valley Housing Authority accountable, ask questions and scrutinize everything. There are lots of questions about the Micheals Organization, but we must be willing to put a certain amount of trust in the YVHA to put this 20-year plan on the right path, knowing that it will and must evolve as Steamboat changes over the next two decades. Look at where Steamboat was 20 years ago, a place that not many would not have predicted. 

My point is, as a community that cares about the future, can’t we work together and put aside differences to do something that any of the other mountain communities would have loved to do 20 years ago?

Get involved to make this work. What would that story be in 20 years?

Noel Christopher
Steamboat Springs

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