Wednesday, September 07, 2005

Steamboat Ski Area Base update plans nearing approval

FYI on the status of plans to update the Steamboat Base Area. I think that the plans are pretty well thought out for the most part and have the potential to create much more of a year round scene up at the base area. I love Steamboat as it is but having more of a village up by the base area with more nice restaurants, funky sandwich shops and bars would be awesome.

Selected quotes from the Steamboat Pilot:
Officials debate ski area future Commission to vote Thursday
By Tom Ross, Staff Reporter

The future of Steamboat Springs' mountain village is on the table again Thursday night, when Planning Commissioners will consider adopting a plan that would guide future development at the base of Steamboat Ski Area.

City officials find themselves working to adapt to a sudden shift in thinking about how much density should be allowed in major new projects at the base of Mount Werner. Consultants for the city reversed themselves late last month, saying developers may need to be allowed to construct larger buildings to make redevelopment of the aging ski base economically feasible. Sufficient density is needed to allow developers to provide expensive amenities such as underground parking and public spaces, consultant Stan Clauson said last month. But adequate density also is necessary to reinvigorate commercial centers at the base of the ski area, he said.

Clauson told Planning Commissioners during an Aug. 11 meeting that the density issue also speaks to the ability of developers to provide employee-housing units. His staff told Planning Commissioners that developers should be allowed to build denser buildings as an incentive to build the employee-housing units.

"You asked us to provide some way to approach the issue of affordable housing," Clauson said. "We have to ask whether the current (development) code provides sufficient density to allow redevelopment of the base area."