Project Introduction

The Downtown Plan provides the Steamboat Springs community with the opportunity to clearly state a vision for downtown and provide critical guidance to the inevitable changes the coming decades will bring. This is a chance to ensure that qualities and character are preserved while responding positively to evolving patterns in lifestyle, commerce, entertainment and recreation.

While Downtown is ultimately shaped by hundreds of individual, private decisions, the Downtown Plan will provide the policy direction that helps guide private as well as public investment and regulations.

To launch this project, several topics rise to the top as themes to think about creatively as well as critically. Most of these topics were evaluated in the 1999 Mountain Sub-Area Plan, but it is time to refresh thinking about these topics in light of current and possible future conditions.
  • Diversity and scale of land uses (i.e., retail, restaurant, office, civic, residential, etc)
  • Connectivity: Transit, Mobility and Parking
  • Housing diversity that is attainable for locals
  • Arts, culture and historic preservation (should this be Arts and culture enhancement and historic preservation?)
  • Public realm (sidewalks, plazas and parks for events and gathering)
  • Development economics
  • Character of the built environment (building heights, mass and form)

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Not All Parts of Downtown are the Same. Downtown Steamboat Springs has organically evolved with three distinct streets, each with different uses and character: Lincoln Avenue, Oak Street and Yampa Street. Our primary streets also vary in character from one end of downtown to the other.
  • Lincoln Avenue: Lincoln Avenue is both a state highway and our Main Street. The gateways to Downtown are defined by a series of community parks and open space.
  • Oak Street: Oak Street is a downtown residential transition street. Small scale commercial and civic uses transition from the urban downtown feel to the Old Town Residential Neighborhood.
  • Yampa Street: Yampa Street has received the most change in recent years, transforming this area of Downtown into a dining and cultural hub. Sections of the street can be closed off for festivals and farmer’s market and it allows for community access to the river, Yampa River Core Trail, rodeo grounds and Howelsen Hill.
  • Cross Streets: A grid of cross streets not only connect Lincoln, Oak and Yampa, but provide routes and view corridors to the adjacent Old Town Neighborhood, the Yampa River, Howelsen Ski Hill and the rodeo grounds.