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The Delta County Master Plan aims to prepare Delta County for a more prosperous future. From May to June, residents across Delta County participated in community visioning discussions to identify community concerns and hopes for the future. Since August, the planning commission has been working with staff and RPI, the consultant, to define a vision and goals for the Master Plan that reflect what the community said was important. These goals, the first real substance to come out of the Delta County Master Plan update process, are ready for community review.

The goals are currently organized under six key themes: agricultural land and business; economic development; land use and development; public infrastructure, services and assets; water resources; and energy development.

The county is inviting community members to provide their thoughts on these goals at any of the three community meetings scheduled in mid-November. The community feedback from these meetings will be used to refine goals and inform the development of the master plan strategies and future land use plan in the project's next phase.

"These upcoming community meetings are critical in solidifying the direction of this master plan update," says Bob Stechert, the chair of the Delta County Planning Commission. "It's important for people to come and share their ideas on how we move planning for the county forward. We need to hear from everyone. I can't emphasize enough how important it is."

The meeting format is the same for all three meetings, so community members may participate in any of the events regardless of where they live. At each meeting, doors will open 30 minutes prior to the meeting to allow residents to review and comment on all of the goals under the six themes in an open house format. At 6 p.m., staff and RPI will provide an update on the project progress, followed by breakout community discussions. During these breakouts, community members will dive deep into the substance of one or two of the themes.

"We are looking forward to hearing from the community on whether we got the direction right based on what we heard in the visioning meetings." says Elyse Casselberry, the county's community and economic development director. "These need to be agreed upon by the community before we can shift to the details of how we want to get there."

Following the meetings, the draft goals will be uploaded to the project website and an online participation option will be made available to community members unable to participate in the meetings. Interested community members can sign up to receive notification of this option on the project's website.

To learn more about the master plan process, visit www.deltacountyplan.com or contact Kelly Yeager, contract planner at 970-874-2110 or Elyse Ackerman-Casselberry, county community and economic development director, at 970-874-2105 with any questions.

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