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Snowmass seeks input on improving walkability

Jill Beathard
Snowmass Sun

The town of Snowmass Village is looking for feedback on how it can make it easier for residents and visitors to get around on foot.

The town is hosting an open house Jan. 27 to solicit public input on its Community Connectivity Plan, an initiative that aims to enhance pedestrian, bicycle and transit connections while reducing the need for vehicular travel in the village. A top priority identified by the council and by public comments so far is the Brush Creek Road corridor.

A roundabout slated to break ground this summer covers pedestrian crossings at the road's intersection with Wood and Kearns roads, a high-volume crossing for foot traffic moving from the Snowmass Center or Brush Creek Road bus stop to the ski area. But other crossings along Brush Creek Road — including at Town Park Station, Sinclair Road, Owl Creek Road and Faraway Road and from the Snowmass Center to the Woodbridge complex — are being looked at, said Town Manager Clint Kinney.

Other areas of improvement being discussed include flow between Base Village, the mall and the Snowmass Center — Snowmass Village's three commercial cores — Kinney said. Making changes there could involve working with private entities, such as Aspen Skiing Co. and condominium associations, that own the property that the connections cross.

Work on the Community Connectivity Plan launched in October with a joint open house that also looked at the Parks, Open Space, Trails and Recreation Plan being developed by town staff. There's some overlap in the plans because trails largely serve as connections in Snowmass, but the town is separating them out now so that each can be looked at in more detail, Kinney said.

Since October, the town has gathered more public comment on the connectivity plan online, including through a WikiMap that lets residents draw lines or drop pins where they see issues. At this week's open house, town staff members will present the input they've gathered so far as well as some conceptual designs for some of the problem areas.

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"We'll be asking folks, What have we missed?" Kinney said. "What's right? What's wrong? What are some other ideas?"

A steering committee for the plan will draw up a draft report after the open house that will be sent back out to the public as well as the Town Council. If the Town Council adopts the plan, then town staff members will go to work implementing some of the projects envisioned in it. The town's 2016 budget has $75,000 allocated for connectivity projects.

"Hopefully we can identify a project we can make some good progress on this year," Kinney said.

Another open house for the Parks, Open Space, Trails and Recreation Plan is scheduled for Feb. 17.

"We are truly still in that community-input-gathering process, and so the more input we can get, whether it's online or at this meeting, is really going to make sure these plans are reflective of what the community members want," Kinney said.

jill@snowmasssun.com

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Community Connectivity Plan Open House

5-7 p.m., Jan. 27

Town Hall

Comment online at http://www.tosv.com/CCP

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