Planning for the future of Glenwood Springs
Post Independent Staff
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
GLENWOOD SPRINGS Colorado” City officials revised a strategic plan and identified nine critical issues for Glenwood Springs over the next 10 to 15 years.
“One of the real big issues was employee recruitment and retention,” said Mayor Bruce Christensen.
The plan is reviewed and modified every two years. One shift this time around was an emphasis on maintaining the city workforce.
“In the last two years, the labor market has changed and we’ve had problems recruiting for a lot of city staff positions,” Christensen said. “There’s just more competition for workers.”
The plan was drafted by city staff in November and reviewed by the City Council in the first week of February. The document, still unfinalized in draft form, is intended to guide budget and policy decisions.
The plan says developing a long-term strategy to offer competitive wages and benefits can be done by creating a team to review and update employee’s pay and benefits. The city also hopes improving staff development and training will help keep employees.
The document suggests looking into providing “attainable” housing for city employees. Among the ways to do that are offering temporary rental housing for city employees, implementing a program that gives employees help with down payments on homes, and developing a plan to create deed-restricted housing for city employees.
The strategic plan says that exploring strategies to work with local and regional partners to develop “attainable” housing in Glenwood is another key goal. To do that, the city should create a public and private partnership to plan for regional housing issues, identify available land for attainable housing and set concrete goals for creating attainable units, the plan states.
The plan says the city should diversify revenues and increase funding dedicated to city operations and maintenance. One goal listed under the city revenue section is determining whether Glenwood Springs wants to retain its small town character or encourage growth and urbanism.
A goal under the infrastructure heading is to investigate geothermal and other alternative energy sources. One way to do that, the plan mentions, is to consider building codes that encourage energy conservation and using alternative energy sources. Another goal is to develop strategies to respond to lack of contractors available to do work.
The 13-page document mentions numerous other points and objectives. The City Council plans to formally approve it at the next meeting March 6.
Contact Pete Fowler: 384-9121
Post Independent, Glenwood Springs Colorado CO
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