The Steamboat Springs City Council on Tuesday will be asked to kick off a public process that could ultimately lead to the annexation and development of new residential neighborhoods on the west side of the city.
Representatives from Brynn Grey, a development company that has been gauging interest in establishing about 1,600 new housing units on the Steamboat 700 parcel, is asking the council to agree to a pre-annexation agreement.
The developers envision their housing plan will take 30 years to fully realize, with an estimated 25 to 40 homes going up each year.
If the council is agreeable to a pre-annexation agreement, Bryn Grey plans to hold monthly work sessions to address a wide range of issues surrounding the potential annexation.
The work sessions would kick off Sept. 20, with a discussion about water impacts, and end in March, with a discussion about financing mechanisms.
Brynn Grey proposes to reimburse the city for staff time at a rate of $50 per hour and will also fund pre-approved engineering study validations and third party review costs.
The City Council in June got its first glimpse of the housing vision.
The plans included a variety of housing types, ranging from duplexes to townhomes to single-family homes.
The proposed neighborhoods include parks and trails and were drawn around a space that could accommodate a sports complex, complete with a recreation center and ballfields.
Council President Walter Magill said the timing is right for such a proposal.
“Rental housing is in short supply, and prices are going up. We certainly welcome more products,” Magill said. “The whole concept of the west neighborhoods is really exciting, and I wish you to move forward.”
Magill shared some of the challenges he thinks the project would entail, including the need for a commercial center, such as a grocery store, that would help keep added traffic from the other end of the city.
Some community members also urged the council to first look at the challenges the development would have to clear, especially how to address the additional need for water the planned growth would bring.