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Carbondale seeks input for land-use revisions

John Colson
Post Independent
Aspen, CO Colorado

CARBONDALE – Revisions to the town’s comprehensive land-use plan will be up for discussion or debate at three meetings next week.

Key to the upcoming community input sessions, said consultant Gabe Preston, are three words: “No big changes.”

The meetings will be led by Preston’s firm, RPI Consulting of Durango, which has been working on revising the plan for more than a year. The intent is to produce a draft plan by sometime in May.



“We have not written up the draft plan yet. We have the core concepts articulated well to go to the community,” Preston said.

The original plan was passed in 1988 and last revised in 2000, he said.



“It’s a full update,” Preston said. “Plans fall out of date. Things change.”

A working group of 16, including attorneys, businessmen and residents, has come up with a list of ideas for discussion at the meetings.

Local planner Leslie Lamont and the design team at DHM Design also have contributed to the effort.

Among the unknowns in the revision process is how the community wants to designate the 24-acre site along Highway 133 where the ill-fated Village at Crystal River project was proposed.

“That’s part of what we’re going to be working on at these meetings,” Preston said.

Another key discussion point will be the Highway 133 corridor that bisects the town.

So far, the working group has identified three themes:

• Don’t expand the town outward. Concentrate growth on infill rather than annexation.

• Maintain community character.

• Emphasize sustainability, including expanding food production and reducing waste.

Preston said the group also wants to “keep the language of the plan intuitive and not bog down in the details.”

By holding three input sessions, he said, the town hopes to give people with different schedules a chance to attend at least one.

“It’s for convenience,” he explained. “They will all cover the same ground.”

jcolson@postindependent.com


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