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Rifle to rethink comp plan

Heidi Rice
Western Garfield County Staff

RIFLE ” The dramatic growth and changes that have taken place in Rifle over the last few years have prompted the city to rethink its comprehensive plan, and the public is being invited to give their input.

Rifle City Council members met with the city’s Planning and Zoning Commission on Tuesday night to hear an initial presentation by Winston Associates, of Boulder, which has been hired to formulate a new plan for the city.

The existing comprehensive plan is about 8 years old, according to Mayor Keith Lambert. The new plan will look at current transportation, trails, parks and other issues that affect the city.

“This will pull all those things in and help create the direction that our ordinances should be taking,” Lambert said. “The plan will design how we envision Rifle in the next 20 years and what steps we need to take to get there. The (comp plan) is the overriding document that keeps us on track.”

Tuesday night’s meeting was only the first step in the process, which is expected to last 12-18 months.

“The current plan in no way addresses the growth Rifle is experiencing now,” Lambert said. “At that time, there was no prospect in the immediate horizon that said we would become what we are today.”

City Planner Matt Sturgeon said the public is more than welcome to join in on the planning process, with the first public meeting expected in early November.

“We’ll be looking at the future growth of Rifle in the next 15-20 years, the types of land uses, how many people are coming, the state of infrastructure and how to meet the needs of future growth,” Sturgeon said. “We’ll also look at environmental concerns and how to preserve the Rifle community as Rifle grows.”

Notices of the public meetings will be available in the newspaper.

“We really want public input and participation,” Sturgeon said.

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