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Glenwood Springs updates comprehensive plan

John Gardner
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado ” The city of Glenwood Springs has begun the process of updating its comprehensive plan.

The comprehensive plan is the city’s general guide on how to best accommodate projected population growth. The plan includes a land use map, a vision statement, goals, policies and implementation strategies and guides land use decisions and other city planning including capital improvements, streets, utilities, and parks and recreation.

Infrastructure and development is not the only intended use for the plan. It will also convey the values of city residents, business owners and employees with their vision for the future.

The city of Glenwood Springs hired Boulder-based Winston Associates to manage the update process. Representatives were here on May 6-7, interviewing a number of key stakeholders ” representatives from the local business, government and nonprofit sectors.

Winston Associates signed a contract for $230,500 for the revision process.

Glenwood first underwent the comprehensive plan process in the 1990s and approved the final plan in 1998. According to Glenwood Senior Planner Gretchen Ricehill the current process is an update of that plan, and she doesn’t think that the entire thing will have to be rewritten.

“This is the first update,” Ricehill said. “We don’t plan to do an entire rewrite unless we hear that the goals and objectives of the current plan have changed drastically.”

The whole process, which started in April, is expected to be completed by February 2010.

According to the current plan, Glenwood Springs is the regional center of a large economic market and provides many services to outlying areas outside of the city limits. According to Ricehill, the comprehensive plan will include the areas within a three-mile radius outside of the city’s jurisdictional boundary.

Areas outside of the city limits in the current plan included Canyon Creek, South Canyon, No Name, Three Mile, Four Mile, West Bank, Cattle Creek and Spring Valley.

The current plan’s goals are listed as: to maintain small town character, to preserve cultural and natural resources, to direct and balance development, to achieve social and economic diversity and to address transportation needs.

The process now is to determine if those goals have been met, or if certain goals should be removed or replaced depending on what the citizens now view as important issues.

A steering committee has been developed and includes members of the current City Council, the City’s Planning and Zoning Commission, and other appointed boards and commissions.

There will be a series of three public meetings to inform the public of the process as it moves forward. According to Millissa Berry, project manager for Winston Associates, there will also be a series of community meetings to get citizens’ input throughout the process.

Winston Associates will also be reaching out to the non-English speaking residents. They will contact Latino leaders and business owners to include their input in the plan, which is a very different approach to the previous planning process, according to Ricehill.

Contact John Gardner: 384-9114

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