Forum on growth tonight

Event is one of three meetings to discuss issues

— The first of three public forums on growth and resort issues will be held at 7 p.m. tonight at Olympian Hall.

The Steamboat Chamber Resort and the Community Alliance of the Yampa Valley are jointly sponsoring the forums on sustainable growth and growth management to get ready for the rewrite of the Steamboat Springs Community Area Plan.

The city and county have pitched in to support the forums, with contributions of $2,000 and $1,000, respectively. The alliance will support the rest of the event financially, said Bob Enever, a member of the alliance's board. The money will pay for speakers and setup for the forums, which are all planned to be held at Olympian Hall.

"The initial impetus for these forums is to start the process for public input into the Steamboat Springs Area Community Plan," Enever said.

Enever said he doesn't want people to think the forums will strictly follow the point of view of the Alliance, which has fought decisions the group believes will induce too much growth.

The forums are meant to educate the public before any decisions are made in Steamboat about growth management and all its implications through the community plan, Enever said.

Tonight's forum will feature Michael Kinsley, senior researcher at the Rocky Mountain Institute.

The second forum will focus on city infrastructure and the city's capacity for growth and the third will look at options for growth limits with officials from places like Boulder giving talks.

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