STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, COLORADO-April 14, 2021-Do you drive, ride the bus, bicycle or walk as your main means of transportation around the Yampa Valley? Maybe you use a combination of these elements or rely on something totally different in your everyday life. However you move around, your views and insights on the proposed Transportation & Mobility Draft Plan are essential as the city looks to the future.
“This plan is undertaking an effort to evaluate existing transportation issues, develop solutions to address them, and chart a course for funding and construction over the next 20 years,” said City Engineer Ben Beall. “Evaluating and identifying projects related to roadway, pedestrian, bicycle, and transit improvements is the primary purpose of the plan. But it goes further, taking into consideration the many dimensions of transportation related to accessibility, quality of life, and social components such as cost of living and environmental footprint.”
Using public and stakeholders input as well as available data and technical analyses, the city will develop a multimodal plan that integrates all forms of travel to create and sustain a safe, connected, and efficient transportation system. If you live in, work in, travel through, or visit Steamboat Springs, the city wants to hear your voice in the planning process.
Initially the project examined how people currently travel and where transportation related improvements should be made. Over the past few months, the team has collected input and developed a ranked project recommendation list. Commenting on the draft plan ensures that what was heard is represented accurately.
The public can read and comment directly on the interactive document at (https://tooledesign.github.io/B0067_steamboat_springs_tmp/. Users have the added benefit of seeing feedback from other community members. The public comment period ends on May 14.
Specific areas of the plan that the project team would like to call attention to is the Implementation Plan section (pages 44-59), which lays out the order in which projects will be strategically approached for completion. Public feedback is essential to refine and validate this section so that future city efforts align with the needs of the community. Another portion of the plan to focus your attention are the Recommended Plans, Policies, and Programs section (pages 28-34). These priorities will lay the groundwork for the public discussions and more refined plans that the city will consider over the next few decades.
The Transportation & Mobility Plan will also be on an upcoming Planning Commission agenda on April 22 to provide a formal presentation and request feedback as well as a recommendation to City Council. City Council will hold a work session to discuss the plan on May 11. Formal adoption of the plan is scheduled for July 2021. The Project Team invites all members of the public to be involved in the process and provide comment. Keep an eye on EngageSteamboat.net/TMP or reach out directly to the project team at email@example.com.
Ben Beall, City Engineer, 970.871.8293 or email
Kelly Douglas, Planner, 970.871.8245 or email
Michael Lane, Communications Manager, 970.871.8220 or email