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The Steamboat Springs City Council will host two town halls this month where the community and council can discuss the proposed annexation of West Steamboat Neighborhoods.
“There’s been a lot of ground covered the past two years concerning the West Steamboat Neighborhoods annexation,” said City Manager Gary Suiter. “These upcoming town halls provide citizens the opportunity to discuss the benefits and concerns directly with council in an informal atmosphere.”
Each town hall will take place in the Citizens Meeting Room in Centennial Hall with a 30 minute informal meet & greet in the foyer; followed by a general Q & A dialogue between the community and council. The first town hall will take place on Saturday, January 12, from 10am to 12pm. The following week, the community will have its second opportunity to participate in the town hall on Thursday, January 17, from 5:30pm to 7:30pm.
“While Council has tackled many contentious and difficult issues over the past year, no item has taken as much time or is likely to generate as much debate as the proposed West Steamboat Neighborhoods annexation,” commented Council President Jason Lacy. “If there’s something on your mind about this proposal, this is the time to share your thoughts and discuss these items directly with us.”
The proposed 191-acre West Steamboat Neighborhoods development includes 450 new principal homes or units, area for commercial and mixed use, area for large-format retail, 12 acres for a new school, and 85 acres for parks and open space. About two acres will be donated to the Yampa Valley Housing Authority (YVHA).
Of the 450 residential units, 158 would be subject to workforce deed restrictions and 292 would be free-market units. A day care center or other community facility is anticipated for a portion of the commercial and mixed use area, and a grocery store is projected for the large-format retail area, though neither is mandated as part of the agreement. As part of the 85 park acres, three acres are slated for neighborhood parks, and 82 acres are designated for open space, including a corridor along Slate Creek that protects the riparian habitat.
The town halls will be streamed on the city’s website as well as carried on Comcast TV6. An informational fact sheet on the WSN annexation can be found here. In addition, materials from numerous council work sessions, dating back to June 14, 2016, can be accessed.
ContactGary Suiter, City Manager, 970.871.8240 or emailMichael Lane, Communications Manager, 970.871.8220 or email