County master plan review dates released

By Hank Lohmeyer


The consultant for the county master plan rewrite project, RPI of Durango, has provided an update which includes dates for six community meetings scheduled next month.

The community sessions (also being called "visioning workshops") will begin in Hotchkiss on Monday, May 15, and then move to Paonia on Tuesday, May 16; to Cedaredge on Wednesday, May 17; Crawford on Thursday, May 18; and finally to Delta on Tuesday, May 23. Locations for the community meetings are to be determined, according to the email provided to the county.

The community sessions are set to be major events for gathering input from the general public. A public website for the project was not operational as of Monday.

The consultant will meet with the county planning commission on Tuesday, May 2, at 6 p.m. It will be an orientation prior to the community sessions. Planning commission meetings are open to the public.

RPI also reports that telephone interviews with selected landowners, citizens and "stakeholders" are taking place between April 6 and May 5. A document summarizing the interviews is promised for delivery on Friday, May 12.

By June 9, the consultant plans on having available a report summary of its community meetings. Then, on Wednesday, June 14, another meeting with the planning commission is scheduled at 5:30 p.m. to review the draft master plan vision and goals.

The master plan rewrite project is an initiative officially under the purview of the county planning commission and ultimately submitted to the county commissioners for consideration and/or action.

The master plan rewrite process locally is being guided by a focus group comprised of county administrator Robbie LeValley, contract planner Kelly Yeager, Gabe Preston of RPI in Durango and Elyse Ackerman-Cassleberry, northwest region director for the Colorado Department of Local Affairs.