Cost-of-growth workshop presented Nov. 6 |

Cost-of-growth workshop presented Nov. 6

Healthy Mountain Communities and the Garfield County planning department will present a workshop, “Calculating the Costs of Growth,” from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 6, at the Glenwood Springs Community Center.The workshop will explore issues such as:-Does growth pay its own way?-What are fair and reasonable allocations of growth costs between the existing population and newcomers?-Are current impact fees linked to current realities?-What does the future hold for impact fees and exactions?-Are growth’s impacts being calculated for schools, public lands, affordable housing, fire protection, law enforcement, roads and recreation?The workshop presenters are Lee Nellis of the Sonoran Institute, Chris Duerksen of Clarion Associates, Andrew Klotz and Gabe Preston of the Rural Planning Institute, and a local panel.”The workshop will set a regional context for a discussion of costs, methods of dealing with growth impacts, and hopefully lead to a refinement of our local policies in light of legislative and legal realities,” said Colin Laird, executive director for Healthy Mountain Communities.Registration is $25, which includes a continental breakfast, lunch and materials packet. To RSVP, call the Garfield County planning office at 945-8212. The deadline is Friday, Nov. 1.The workshop is sponsored by the Watershed Collaborative, the Sonoran Institute, the National Association of Counties, the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, Healthy Mountain Communities, the city of Glenwood Springs, the White River National Forest, and Garfield County.For more information on the Watershed Collaborative, and biographies on the workshop speakers, go to

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