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Master plan shifts gears

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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 last three months have been spent reaching out and listening to county residents, businesses and organizations through property owner meetings, vision meetings, a survey, online discussions and submitted letters. There have been discussions with individuals at events across the county including Deltarado Days, Delta County Fair and Farm to Fiddle. In the process, more than 800 people have provided input. More than a dozen organizations across the county have also participated. Input can be reviewed on the county's website at the documents page.

On Aug. 23, the planning commission began a months-long process to develop draft vision and goals for the master plan. The planning commission reviewed the first version of goals developed by the consultant team. These goals are a "work in progress." The planning commission will be refining these goals over the next few months through discussion, research and more discussion. The planning commission is working to complete this process of creating the master plan draft vision and goals by the fall.

During the August meeting, commission members reviewed the work in progress goals and had an in-depth conversation about the challenges and needs facing agriculture in the county. Much of the discussion focused on how to continue to protect, expand and diversify agriculture. The commission had extensive discussion about how to balance agricultural growth and expansion with surrounding residential and commercial development. The commission also began discussing goals around irrigation and domestic water.

A public engagement process will pick up again in the fall to review the draft vision and goals, and move into the next phase of planning. In the meantime, county staff and commission members will continue to do outreach to keep the community informed.

The community is invited to attend the commission's meetings over the next few months. While these work sessions do not include a public engagement component at this time (they are intended to be working meetings for the commission members) it does provide an opportunity to follow the conversation and the process of developing the county's master plan.

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