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New Castle residents invited to hear about new Comprehensive Plan update

John Gardner
jgardner@postindependent.com
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

NEW CASTLE, Colorado ” New Castle administration encourages town residents to attend a public meeting regarding the town’s Comprehensive Plan Thursday night at New Castle Town Hall.

Planning consultants, stakeholders and volunteers have spent more than a year updating the town’s comprehensive plan. The meeting is at 6:30 p.m. and is to provide citizens the opportunity to offer their input on the plan, which includes land use maps, goals and policies, a community vision statement and recommendations on topics ranging from the environment to parks and transportation.

A survey of New Castle residents and property owners was completed in the fall of 2007. Of the 2,076 surveys that were mailed out 288 were returned by Jan. 7, for a total response rate of 14 percent. The results showed that 73 percent of respondents thought that development of the downtown core was the most important issue facing the community in the near future.



Other top issues were retention of the historic downtown community and the commercial core, and commercial business development around the Interstate 70 exchange. Both issues were viewed important by 69 percent of respondents.

The plan process will illustrate the town’s growth potential. If all land within proposed boundaries were annexed the town could see an increase in physical size by as much as 162 percent.



Results highlighted key areas of concern including keeping downtown’s commercial area vital, addressing the stress on municipal services due to residential growth, preserving small town character and sense of community, promoting affordable housing, and boosting commercial and retail development to balance the local economy.

Respondents of the survey were reportedly 48 years old on average with 61 percent of all respondents older than 45. More than half, 54 percent, have lived or owned property in town for more than five years. The majority of working respondents commute by personal vehicle an average of 39 miles round-trip. Most respondents work in Glenwood Springs, with about half as many working in New Castle.

More information on the plan is available at newcastlecolorado.org under the government link.


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