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Glenwood comprehensive plan public meeting set

John Gardner
Glenwood Springs correspondent
Aspen, CO Colorado

GLENWOOD SPRINGS – A public meeting is scheduled Wednesday to allow the city of Glenwood Springs to inform residents on the status of the city’s comprehensive plan process.

After a first public meeting in June, and six neighborhood meetings throughout Glenwood, Boulder-based Winston Associates has merged the input heard so far from those meetings and developed four growth alternatives.

Planners are hoping for a good turnout of residents to review the alternative scenarios for future growth and discuss appropriate policies and measures the city should take to address growth and development. Key pad voting will be used again, as it was at the first meeting, to further explore community values at the meeting.

After the discussion, staff and the consultant team will blend the ideas into the preferred alternative to be reviewed this fall.

The city’s comprehensive plan is a general guide on how to best accommodate projected population growth and blueprint to create a community vision. The comprehensive plan contains a land use map, a vision statement, goals, policies, and implementation strategies. Decision makers, such as the City Council and Planning Commission, use the plan’s goals, policies and implementation strategies during project review of the land use and development proposals.

The city began the process in May, and it is expected to be completed by February 2010. The existing Comp Plan was adopted in 1998.

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The decision to update the plan is a result of the changes in the economy, and the desire to reassess community goals and direction, according to a press release from Glenwood Senior planner Gretchen Ricehill.

The city hired Winston Associates to manage the update process for a reported $230,500.

A third public meeting is also scheduled to inform the public of the process as it moves forward, later in the year.

jgardner@postindependent.com