Monday, February 13, 2006
Steamboat Springs The Steamboat Springs City Council will meet with the Routt County Board of Commissioners tonight to discuss an issue that they decided to review in September.
At the time, the council and the commissioners reviewed six landowners' requests to become part of the Urban Growth Boundary. The boundary defines land that city and county officials anticipate will be annexed to become part of Steamboat Springs.
In September, council members denied all six requests and determined it was nearly impossible to approve any request because the criteria were too strict. Officials will review possible changes to those criteria tonight.
The criteria, as previously set, are that land must be: compatible with the Steamboat Springs Community Area Plan, able to provide a positive fiscal effect for the community, suitable for development, different from other parts of the Urban Growth Boundary and a logical addition to the boundary.
One criterion that will be reviewed tonight is fiscal effect. Several officials agreed in September that the requirement for positive fiscal effect would never allow for new housing plans because the city does not have a property tax. Also, it does not address other benefits to the community, such as preservation of land, enhancement of culture or the addition of affordable housing.
The other criterion city staff members want officials to review is the one which says that for land to be included, the proposed use of the land must be different from any other use already within the boundary. Staff suggests that this factor is too strict and that, instead, the land use should be compatible with surrounding areas.
In other business, the council and the board will:
Hear a report about the future of a community center in Steamboat Springs. Because voters approved expansion of the Bud Werner Memorial Lib--rary, the Steam--boat Springs Comm--unity Center will be torn down. The council voted to investigate three sites: the Stock Bridge center, the Steamboat Springs School District's George P. Sauer Human Services Center and Memorial Park. The city intends to request financial support from the county for the center.
Discuss the West of Steamboat Springs Area Plan, which is set to define the future of the area west of the city.
Decide what to discuss at their next meeting together.
After county officials leave, the council is set to discuss the possibility of creating a special district for the west of Steamboat area, as well as financing options for infrastructure in the mountain and downtown areas.