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The future is now

Dear Editor:Like you, I fell in love with this valley the day I arrived; most do. The beauty that surrounds us, the environment in which we live, is so rare in this world. I figure just by living here I have a responsibility to keep it that way. That’s why I asked to be on Garfield County P&Z. Kind of a “money where your mouth is” thing.Right now, we as a community, you as a resident, can decide what Garfield County will look and feel like in 20 years. What kind of place will it be for our kids? What will they see? The document under construction is called the Comprehensive Plan for 2030. It’s asking for your opinion on growth, business, oil and gas, open space, industry, recreation, and our environment. What do we value? What needs to change? Where will we grow? This plan drives the ship, eventually resulting in legal changes to our county rules and regulations. What we’re hearing now is that you want a change in course. You value open space and prefer development close to existing towns and infrastructure. Makes sense to me. One problem is, our current Comprehensive Plan doesn’t reflect this opinion. Winston Associates is doing the survey. So far, they say: “This represents a significant change in policies and procedures in how the county manages land use. If this is truly the will of Garfield County residents (city dwellers are also county residents), it will take strong community support to accomplish.”In a world where so much seems beyond our control, your opinion on the future of Garfield County will make a difference. That’s another thing I love about this place.I would ask that you let us hear from you. The easiest way is to take the online survey at garfieldcomprehensiveplan2030.com. Next, come to the meetings, April 5, 6 and 7. There’s one near you, and they are well-run. Write a letter, tell a friend, call somebody.Michael SullivanSpring Valley


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