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.