1. Introduction

The Brown Ranch presents our community with an unprecedented opportunity to take control of our housing future, and design the neighborhood in which we want to live.

THE BROWN RANCH OPPORTUNITY

In 2021, the Yampa Valley Housing Authority was gifted $24M by an anonymous donor to purchase the 534-acre Brown Ranch.

The donor’s intention is to create a locals’ community at Brown Ranch and keep the “real town” sense of community alive.

The Brown Ranch is located within the designated growth area for the City of Steamboat Springs, making it an ideal location to address our 40+ year old housing problem. In fact, the West Steamboat Area has been identified as the solution to our housing problems for 30 years, despite the lack of development in the area.

Brown Ranch presents our community with an unprecedented  opportunity to take control of our housing future and design the community in which we want to live. Brown Ranch is designed by the community, for the community, to maintain and build upon the best part of Steamboat Springs and Routt County – the community itself.

This Community Development Plan for  Brown Ranch presents a vision for development of the site. It is shaped by the vision and guiding principles created by the Brown Ranch Steering Committee,  feedback from extensive community engagement, health equity considerations, and general sustainability and resilience principles.

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

The Yampa Valley Housing Authority (YVHA) would like to thank all of the community members, consultants, and agencies that helped to shape the Brown Ranch Community Development Plan, and the organizations that helped to fund this work, including:

YAMPA VALLEY HOUSING AUTHORITY TEAM

  • Jason Peasley—Executive Director
  • Sheila Henderson—Community Engagement Director
  • Alyssa Cartmill
  • Kent Hornor
  • Sandy Jacobs
  • Emily Katzman
  • Kristy Marshall
  • Yesenia Rivera
  • Rudy Raygoza
  • Mandy Tomassetti
  • Kate Totos

BROWN RANCH STEERING COMMITTEE

  • Roger Ashton
  • Vanessa Avitia
  • Andrew Beckler
  • Kimball Crangle
  • Marsha Daugenbaugh
  • Cecilia Escobar
  • Gates Gooding
  • Lina Grant
  • Tatum Heath
  • Sarah Jones
  • Webster Jones
  • Genevieve Kalmes
  • Ed MacArthur
  • Erin Miller
  • Megan Moore-Kemp
  • Patrick Phillips
  • Patrick Staib
  • Anne Warhover
  • Kristin Brown Wilson
  • Tim Wohlgenant

COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT PARTNERS

  • Alianza LatinX – LatinX Alliance
    • Maria Paula Alvarez
    • Irene Avitia
    • Vanessa Avitia
    • Cecilia Escobar Ceballos
    • Ana Gomez
    • Liliana Hargis
    • Adela Hernandez
    • Angela Modesitt
    • Nelly Navarro
    • Pamela Nebel
    • Renzo Walton
  • Integrated Community (CIIC)
  • Colorado Mountain College
  • Routt County United Way

CONSULTANTS

  • Mithun—prime consultant
  • Colorado Futures Center
  • Community Wildfire Planning Center
  • Landmark Engineering
  • Livable Cities
  • LRE Water
  • McDowell Engineering
  • RCLCO
  • Yampa Valley Sustainability Council
  • Williford Consulting

YVHA BOARD OF DIRECTORS

  • Cole Hewitt—President
  • Leah Wood—Vice President
  • Roger Ashton
  • Mike Beyer
  • Alison Brodie
  • Michael Buccino
  • Luke Carrier
  • Catherine Carson
  • Tim Corrigan
  • Michael Ann Marchand
  • Kathi Meyer
  • Reid Peterson
  • Robert Roetzel
  • Heather Sloop
  • Chris Slota

FUNDERS

  • Colorado Department of Local Affairs
  • Colorado Health Foundation
  • Craig-Scheckman Family Foundation

PUBLIC SECTOR PARTNERS

  • City of Steamboat Springs
  • Colorado Department of Transportation
  • Colorado Parks and Wildlife
  • Routt County
  • Steamboat Springs School District
  • Yampa Valley Electric Association