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Fill out and send in those planning surveys

New Castle NewsKay VasilakisGlenwood Springs, CO Colorado

Back in August, a Plan Kickoff Barbecue was held to start the Town of New Castle Comprehensive Plan Update. A PowerPoint presentation reviewed some basic planning concepts, and a brief presentation was made on the planning process. A follow-up meeting was held later to identify planning issues and identify stakeholders.

Stakeholders were defined as individuals, businesses, organizations or other governments who needed to be aware of the planning process. That list grew to 47 names who have been contacted and interviewed. The planning team has been interviewing town staff members for their perspectives on the town’s most important issues and projects, and has formed a steering committee made up of representatives from the town council, the town’s Planning and Zoning board, and the public at large to work on various issues. The steering committee’s main task has been to help develop the Town of New Castle Community Survey. The survey, which is intended to solicit broad public opinions on a number of planning and development issues, was mailed in November to over 2,000 residents in the New Castle zip code. The survey was prepared by RRC Inc., of Boulder, with help from the planning team and the steering committee. Residents are urged to fill out and return their Town of New Castle Community Survey as soon as possible. In upcoming months, the planning team will issue an existing conditions report and will host a public meeting to discuss future development alternatives with the public.

The Planning Team consists of Susan Bronson of Del-Mont Consultants Inc., of Montrose; Davis Farrar of Western Slope Consulting; and Mark Fuller of Fuller Consulting Services. Their contract with the town is for $100,000 to manage the planning process and to produce a plan document for the town. Mark and Davis both live in the Carbondale area and Davis does planning work for the town under contract so the team is intimately familiar with New Castle and regional issues. The planning process is intended to map out New Castle’s future in a number of areas, starting with land use. The updated Comprehensive Plan will project future land uses, including the residential/commercial/retail mix and potential future annexation areas. The plan will also address rates of growth, goals for maintaining and improving town infrastructure, services and public facilities in response to growth. It will also make recommendations for changes in the town’s planning process, regulations and policies to address concerns raised during the course of the plan’s development. Some of the concerns included the imbalance between residential and commercial development, and the need to maintain and improve town infrastructure to keep up with growth. More issues have come up, and a report is being prepared that makes note of them all. The comprehensive plan is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2008. Bridge club seeks players, playing sites



Patti Payne just can’t stop playing duplicate bridge. She’s drawn to the mind game challenge, and sometimes even sees bridge hands in her dreams. She’s had her ups and downs with the Sopris Bridge Club, but she wants to continue because the players really enjoy coming to the club. She’s been looking for alternative playing sites with no success. More bridge players are always needed, so come and watch, see what goes on, and meet some exciting new people. To contact Patti about the Sopris Bridge Club, e-mail pate@sopris.net. Kay Vasilakis’ column, “New Castle News,” appears every other Thursday. To contact her with news tips and local inspirations, please call 384-9118 or e-mail kvasilakis@postindependent.com.


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