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Complications arise in Steamboat 700 annexation proposal

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July 2, 2009


By Al Ortiz

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, Colorado: Residents of the small Colorado city of Steamboat Springs are at opposition with city officials concerning Steamboat 700, a proposed development that would annex 508 acres to the area.[1]

Steamboat 700, according to its website, is a culmination of over 10 years of planning by Steamboat Springs in the West of Steamboat Springs Area Plan (WSSAP) and three years of planning by Steamboat 700 LLC.[2]

Residents have the right to challenge most Steamboat Springs City Council ordinances by gathering petition signatures and taking them to voters in a city-wide election.

Under Steamboat’s Home Rule Charter, petitioners must obtain signatures from at least 20 percent of the total voters registered in the previous municipal election.

City residents will vote in November 2009 on a change in the city’s threshold to match the state level. Public votes on Steamboat 700 wouldn’t be possible until the City Council approved annexation.

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