Brown Ranch Annexation Committee Starts Negotiation Path
STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, COLORADO-January 26, 2023-The Brown Ranch Annexation Committee (BRAC) has started charting the course in negotiating an agreement between the city and Yampa Valley Housing Authority (YVHA) to annex 420-acres of the Brown Ranch into the City of Steamboat Springs.
“Our initial meeting laid the groundwork for the group as well as the expectations throughout the process,” said BRAC Facilitator Jason Lacy. “During the twenty-week timeline, we’re interested in public participation and comment, ensuring easy access to information and transparency.”
BRAC meetings will run every two weeks on Wednesday from 9am to 12pm starting February 1, 2023 (see below). Public comment will be accepted at each meeting at 11:30am or the end of earlier agenda items, whichever comes first. Comments should be relevant to the meeting topic. In addition, public comments can be made through EngageSteamboat.net/annex.
Committee sessions will take place in the Carver Conference Room in Centennial Hall, 124 10th Street. All BRAC meetings will be live streamed via Zoom and carried on the city website and YouTube channel. Additional information can be found at steamboatsprings.net/BRAC.
The Brown Ranch Annexation Committee is an open public body that follows similar meeting requirements to city boards & commissions like City Council or Planning Commission. The committee is charged with negotiating the terms of a comprehensive agreement governing the proposed annexation.
The BRAC consists of City Councilors Robin Crossan and Joella West, YVHA Board of Directors Leah Wood and Kathi Mayer, City Manager Gary Suiter, and YVHA Executive Director Jason Peasley. Former City Council President and local attorney Jason Lacy will serve as the third-party independent facilitator for the group.
Meeting synopsis’s, agendas, video recordings and other pertinent material will be accessible online through the city website, YVHA website and EngageSteamboat.net/Annex. Once the draft agreement is finalized by the BRAC, City Council will review, and additional public comment will be available.
Jason Lacy, Brown Ranch Annexation Committee Facilitator, 970.879.7611 or email
Rebecca Bessy, Planning & Community Development Director, 970.871.8202 or email
Michael Lane, Communications Manager, 970.871.8220 or email