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Garfield County commissioners to hear results of Comprehensive Plan survey

Phillip Yates
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado ” Garfield County building and planning officials wanted input for their future editing of the county’s Comprehensive Plan.

So they sent out letters to about 4,300 residents in September asking them to participate in a survey to gauge their opinions on area land issues, which will help shape future land use in the county for the next several years.

And in mid-December, the Garfield County commissioners will hear what area residents had to say. Ventroni Surveys and Research will present the results of its 100-question survey to the commissioners on Dec. 15 at 1:15 p.m., said David Pesnichak, senior planner for the Garfield County Building and Planning Department.

The questions asked in the survey covered a broad range of issues, such as asking residents if they supported possible impact fees for commercial oil and gas development or if they supported buying open space.

The information gleaned from the surveys, which were sent to a randomly selected group of residents, will be used as the first step in a Comprehensive Plan update, Pesnichak said.

“We are looking to start finding consultants and get the process going in January,” he said. “The goal for us was to be able to use the results of the survey to guide those discussions because it is a bigger process to redo the Comprehensive Plan.”

The last time the county made alterations to the plan came in 2000, according to a county document. That is a few years before the county became the focus of natural gas development boom in the state.

Pesnichak said the county’s Comprehensive Plan is essentially “the basis for the county’s zoning map.”

“So if a person wants to add a use within our zoning resolution, then we go back to the Comprehensive Plan to figure out compliance with (the request) or whether it is not in compliance to make a determination to be able to make a judgment call to the county commissioners,” he said.

Contact Phillip Yates: 384-9117

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