Heritage

DESIRED OUTCOMES & RECOMMENDED ACTIONS
Heritage
BUILT ENVIRONMENT

Desired outcome

Preserve the elements and promote the protection and continued use of our built environments that reflect the heritage of Routt County.



Possible interest groups/stewards

Citizens; planning commissions and planning staff; elected officials; Historic Preservation Advisory Committee; Routt County Historic Preservation Board; Partners in Preservation; Historic Routt County!; MainStreet Steamboat Springs; schools; colleges and museums; Yampa Valley Recycles; chambers of commerce, Sustainability Committee

Recommended actions Timeframe
  • Design and implement an evaluation process for the impacts of proposed actions (decision making or policies) on historic resources.
short term
  • Define, encourage and adopt a community preservation ethic that encompasses our western heritage, small town feel and friendliness as the basis for policy-making and from which decisions and development impacts are evaluated.
ongoing
  • Instill a historic preservation education and ethic for K-12 and beyond.
ongoing
  • Implement sustainable building practices that include historic preservation as a green initiative.
short term
  • Develop, seek public approval and implement a Purchase of Development Rights Fund for historic buildings . Build capacity to buy-down the difference between existing square footage and the maximum allowable by zoning and to purchase fa├žade easements.
mid term
  • Seek and research methods to develop and implement financial incentives for owners of historic properties who agree to preserve their properties in coordination with a Purchase of Development Rights fund.
mid term

This has been a school for my grandma, my grand uncle and now it is a school for me. I want it to be a school for kids in the future. Will Anderson, North Routt Community Charter School


CULTURAL LANDSCAPE

Desired outcome

Preserve the elements and patterns of the rural cultural landscape shaped by agriculture, mining, recreation, the arts, forestry, industry, transportation, water and commerce.



Possible interest groups/stewards

Economic development councils; chambers; organizations such as Community Agriculture Alliance; Yampa Valley Land Trust and others; citizens; government; elected officials; finance directors; schools; colleges; planning commissions; grocers; Historic Routt County!, museums


What is a cultural landscape?
“Distinct geographical areas or properties uniquely representing the combined work of nature and of man.” – World Heritage Committee

“A geographic area, including both cultural and natural resources and the wildlife or domestic animals therein, associated with a historic event, activity, or person or exhibiting other cultural or aesthetic values.” – National Park Service

What is cultural heritage tourism?
“Traveling to experience the places and activities that authentically represent the stories and people of the past and present. It includes historic, cultural and natural resources.” – National Trust for Historic Preservation

Recommended actions Timeframe
  • Encourage public policy and economic development that promotes and enhances the financial viability of local farming and ranching to maintain the cultural landscape.
ongoing
  • Encourage preservation of the structures that contribute to and help define the cultural landscape.
short term and ongoing
  • Foster the stewardship of our heritage through education and awareness in k-12 and life-long learning.
ongoing
  • Identify the elements and patterns of the cultural landscape and use this as the framework to incorporate into future design and new construction.
mid term
  • Preserve and maintain the integrity of conservation and access easements on those properties that contribute to our cultural landscape.
ongoing
  • Connect people to their food sources and teach them where their food comes from.
ongoing
  • Invest in and implement cultural heritage tourism programs that interpret and showcase local history.
short term and ongoing
  • Transform the Legacy Ranch and other public spaces into interpretive centers for agriculture and the working landscape.
mid term
  • Continue to expand the County Purchase of Development Rights (PDR) program to fund conservation/ preservation of cultural landscapes.
mid term
  • Seek methods to develop and implement financial incentives for property owners in coordination with Purchase of Development Rights program.
mid term

I would encourage public policy and economic development that promotes and enhances the financial viability of local farming and ranching to maintain the cultural landscape. Source: Vision 2030 gatherings, 2008


REGIONAL IDENTITY

Desired outcome

Western heritage continues to define us. Outdoor recreation, agriculture and arts and culture events are the backbone and building blocks of our regional identity.



Possible interest groups/stewards

Economic development councils, chambers, business communities, local governments; citizens, planning officials, planning commissions, elected officials, media, organizations such as MainStreet Steamboat Springs; Community Agriculture Alliance; Historic Routt County!; Steamboat Springs Winter Sport Club

Recommended actions Timeframe
  • Encourage economic development that builds from our natural and historical resources and our western heritage.
ongoing
  • Encourage and foster local gathering places.
short term and ongoing
  • Continue to support traditional events and celebrations (Winter Carnival; Routt County Fair; Labor Day; Fourth of July; Colorado Days, Olympic Legacy, rodeo; homecomings, etc.) and encourage new traditions to evolve that reinforce our western heritage (farmers markets, South Meets West, Coureur des Bois, Steamboat Springs Marathon, etc.).
ongoing

We must not lose our ranching heritage ... it is a special thing to drive down Rabbit Ears Pass & see the hay fields & the Yampa. We must protect it. Steamboat Springs resident