While there have been more recent focused studies of parking, mobility, and public improvements, there has not been a comprehensive look at Downtown planning issues (land use, density, historic preservation and connections to recreation) since the 1999 Mountain Town Sub-Area Plan.
Recent discussions regarding building heights, ground floor use requirements, mobility and parking, as well as the infusion of new opportunities such as Steamboat Creates, have demonstrated that a fresh analysis of issues impacting our downtown is needed to ensure that our vision and resulting development standards reflect the community’s goals.
City staff have worked together with planning consultant Design Workshop and a 14-member citizen Work Group to conduct a public process and develop the attached final version of the Steamboat Springs Downtown Plan that addresses the following objectives:
After over a year-long public planning process, Planning staff, consultants, and the Downtown Plan Work Group are pleased to present the final draft of the City of Steamboat Springs Downtown Plan for your review and adoption.
Preserving Downtown Character
First and foremost, Downtown plan participants expressed a strong desire for Downtown character to be preserved. This means preservation of the historic fabric AND preserving the opportunity for locals to live, shop, dine and work in Downtown. People influence Downtown character just as much as the built environment.
The plan prioritizes goals and strategies which support preservation of the historic fabric and strengthens the opportunity for locals to engage in Downtown.