The Delta County Planning Commission concluded a series of open houses focusing on the Master Plan update. Commission members took feedback from the community at an open house in Orchard City April 10, and at an open house in Delta April 11.
Did you miss the open houses on the county's draft Master Plan? You can still submit your feedback to the planning commission until April 25.
Community members began arriving early for the first open house to review the Delta County Master Plan on Monday, April 9, at Heritage Hall in Hotchkiss.
Stations were set up around the room with posters providing information on different elements of the Master Plan, along with enlarged maps from the plan.
Eleven months in the making, the first full draft of the Delta County Master Plan is available for public review and comment.
"The goal of this process was always to create a new framework for managing land use and development that is more fair and predictable than what we have now and would result in outcomes consistent with the community's vision for the future," said Bob Stechert, Delta County Planning Commission chair.
The Hotchkiss Planning Commission is expected to formally adopt the town's master plan tonight, then forward it to the Hotchkiss Town Council for ratification in April.
A master plan for the town was first adopted in 2006 and has been updated periodically since.
The Delta County Planning Commission went through a draft of the Master Plan, dated March 2018, at its March 21 meeting.
The "Public Review Draft" (PRD) brings the planning commission and county staff a step closer to taking the Master Plan update to the community for input through three public hearings, email and letters.
The Delta County Planning Commission continued its page-by-page discussion of the review draft of the Master Plan update at its March 7 meeting at the Maloney House in Hotchkiss. The commission began the discussion of the review draft on Feb. 28.
At their Feb. 28 meeting at the county courthouse, members of Delta County Planning Commission began a page-by-page discussion of the review draft of the Master Plan update, prepared by Delta County staff and RPI Consulting.
Elyse Casselberry, county community and economic development director, and Gabe Preston of RPI Consulting presented the report's pages on screen, and spoke of the background information on those pages, as the discussion progressed.
Delta County has released an updated draft of the county's Master Plan vision, goals and strategies. The Delta County Planning Commission is now working to create a Future Land Use Plan.
Representatives from the student councils of Delta County's four high schools met with the Delta County Planning Commission Dec. 20. They shared the results of their open discussion meetings with their respective student bodies in which they gathered information for use in the county Master Plan update.
The city's Parks, Recreation, Open Space and Trails Master Plan was formally adopted in late December after months of public, city council and staff input.
The city's consultant, Logan Simpson, held three public hearings, met with a citizens' advisory committee four times, and reviewed surveys mailed to every household in Delta and available online to every resident of Delta County.
Delta County health director Karen O'Brien proposed to the Delta County Planning Commission at its Dec. 20 meeting that health issues be built into the Delta County Master Plan update.
O'Brien said that public health is about healthy citizens, healthy environment, healthy nutrition and injury prevention.
Paonia Junior-Senior High School students believe their school and community are supportive of them. They also want fewer homework assignments, more class options, and more job opportunities.
Ask and ye shall receive. Last week, the Delta County Planning Department and the Delta County School District joined forces and solicited the opinions of Cedaredge High School students in an effort to better direct strategic planning within both entities. Administrative staff from the two agencies got what they asked for -- an earful, from a group of engaged, thoughtful and refreshingly honest kids.
Delta County community members turned out at three meetings held in mid-November to provide their views on six key themes that will be part of the updated Delta County Master Plan.
County staff, consultant RPI, and the Delta County Planning Commission held visioning discussions from May through June with residents across the county to define goals for the updated Master Plan.
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.
The Cedaredge Planning Commission approved a town master plan amendment on Wednesday, Sept. 13, and forwarded the document to the town board for consideration.
The document includes a major new section describing Cedaredge's mechanical sewage treatment plant.
The Delta County Planning Department issued a recent update on the master plan rewrite process that has been underway all year.
The report states that the first phase of the master plan is winding down, and that the planning commission, the agency responsible for the master plan project, is shifting mode.
The first round of public input on the county master plan rewrite has found that agriculture is a top issue among all demographics and across all areas of the county.
Also, according to Erica Weeks of planning consultancy RPI, "People like not having zoning."
In May, five visioning workshops were held around the county with nearly 300 people participating in the initial phase of updating the county master plan.
Many themes were presented that represent what we all love about living here -- the value of agriculture to the county, the rural lifestyle, open scenery, and the clean air and water.
A series of community "visioning" sessions wrapped up last week, but Delta County continues to seek feedback as it moves forward with its master plan revision.
A community forum has been established on a website devoted to the yearlong revision, deltacountyplan.com.
The Delta County master plan project came to Cedaredge on May 17.
Planners held two sessions at the Community (Civic) Center during which the public gave input on the process and issues.
Delta County has jumped into the master planning process with the first of five community meetings aimed at discovering what is important to residents, and how and where we want to grow in the years to come. Over 75 people crowded into the Paonia Town Hall on Monday night to participate in a visioning and dreaming exercise, answering questions that will help the consulting team craft a master plan that reflects the values and desires of Delta County residents.
Last week, Delta County officially launched a yearlong process to update the Delta County Master Plan. A master plan provides the overall vision for how the built environment -- infrastructure, housing, transportation, recreation, business and industry -- support and complement the other less tangible aspects of community -- the economy, health, the environment and quality of life.
Members of the county planning commission learned on May 2 that meetings will be available beginning next week for property owners, and for others, who want to meet individually with the master plan rewrite consultant.
Called "property -owner drop-in events," the sessions are a new feature to the master plan process that was first unveiled to local officials in January.
A revised schedule for public meetings on the Delta County master plan rewrite has been released.
The dates, times and locations of the upcoming round of sessions is as follows:
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 planning commission and the town council for Hotchkiss have launched a master plan update process, and the community is invited to weigh in on the future development of the town.
Everyone in the greater Hotchkiss community -- not just town proper -- are invited to fill out one of the eight-page surveys.
What is planned as a year-long process of rewriting the Delta County master plan is set to begin following a presentation to planning officials and county commissioners Monday.
Gabe Preston, owner of planning group RPI Consultants of Durango, outlined his plans for conducting the rewrite during Monday's planning commission work session.
The Town of Hotchkiss is preparing for a periodic review of its community master plan in 2017 and is hoping for public input and participation.
The Hotchkiss Community Master Plan, in part, provides a statement of community goals and objectives and an assessment of the town's needs, said Tom Wills, a trustee and lead planner on the Hotchkiss Planning Commission.
Though the Orchard City Master Plan is set to be reissued in a new and updated version, the community's old-fashioned values of "live and let live" expressed in the original 2005 plan are restated in the proposed 2016 revision.
"Orchard City has adopted a land use philosophy of 'live and let live' that does not include zoning regulations," states part of the community's vision plan.
The first steps are being taken toward updating the county's master plan.
At their July 20 meeting, Delta County Planning Commission members reviewed the draft of a request for proposals (RFP) which, when finalized, will be sent to professional consultants and planning firms which can lead and coordinate the process of updating the county's master plan.
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