Citizens can help chart Glenwood Springs’ future |

Citizens can help chart Glenwood Springs’ future

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado – A 10-month effort to update the city of Glenwood Springs Comprehensive Plan is under way. And, as the saying goes, the future is decided by those who show up.

The city is updating its 1998 Comprehensive Plan, starting with a public meeting from 6-9 p.m. tonight at the Community Center.

“Now is the time to get ahead of the issues and help determine Glenwood Springs’ future,” Senior City Planner Gretchen Ricehill said in a press release.

She elaborated in a guest column that appeared in the June 6 Post Independent.

“Over the next 10 months or so the city will be seeking the community’s input on various issues that affect the future of our city,” she wrote. “At the end of the process, we will have a written comprehensive plan that expresses the community’s values and visions.

“The document will contain goals, policies and guidelines that we will use to direct the city’s growth and redevelopment for the next 10 years,” Ricehill explained.

City Councilman Dave Sturges stressed the importance of public participation in the process during last week’s City Council meeting.

“The comprehensive plan is a community guide for making future land-use decisions,” he said. “It is shaped by the number of people who get involved.”

The 1998 vision statement expressed a desire to maintain small-town character and preserve cultural and natural resources in the course of making land-use decisions.

Among the other guiding principles included in the current plan are to:

• achieve social diversity

• balance development

• direct development

• achieve economic diversity and

• address transportation needs.

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