Town of Carbondale also ready to revamp its comprehensive plan |

Town of Carbondale also ready to revamp its comprehensive plan

John StroudPost Independent StaffGlenwood Springs, CO Colorado

CARBONDALE, Colorado – Following on the heels of Glenwood Springs and Garfield County, the town of Carbondale is starting the process to do the first update to its comprehensive plan in a decade.The Carbondale Board of Trustees last week approved a $122,940 contract with RPI Consulting LLC of Durango. The company was hired to schedule meetings, organize a citizens’ committee, guide public comments and draft the comprehensive plan revision.Similar to the recent Garfield County Comprehensive Plan adoption and the ongoing Glenwood Springs Comprehensive Plan update, Carbondale will be looking to build on the foundation already provided by the 2000 Carbondale Comprehensive Plan.”It’s not that the old plan is bad, but a lot of it needs to be updated,” said Andrew Klotz, managing partner with RPI. “A lot of the elements … goals and objectives and guidelines, need to be reviewed and modified.”RPI recently completed comprehensive plans for the towns of Pagosa Springs and Bayfield, and is currently working on a comprehensive plan for Grand County, Utah.The firm also worked with Boulder-based Winston & Associates, consultants on the Glenwood Springs Comprehensive Plan update, on the economic analysis portion of that plan, Klotz said.Carbondale’s planning efforts will begin with some initial visits to the community by the consulting firm during February. The firm will meet with town staff, and review the existing plan and current development proposals, according to the scope of work outlined by RPI.The first public meetings will likely begin in March, Klotz said.After the project is initiated and the background information reviewed, consultants will work to assess existing conditions, trends and projections, set up a citizen committee to help guide the process, and facilitate “community engagement” with workshops and forums on specific

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