Snowmass ‘Planapalooza’ kicks off |

Snowmass ‘Planapalooza’ kicks off

Erica Robbie
The Aspen Times
Brian Wright Principal of Town Plannying and Urban Design Collaborative for Snowmass, from Nashville, speaking at the Planapalooza held at the Snowmass Rec Center Thursday evening. More information for the Snowmass planning process can be found at
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The town of Snowmass continued its $200,000 quest to answer the question, “What do we want to be when we grow up?” with the commencement of its “Planapalooza” on Thursday night.

The six-day event, featuring a series of workshops and focus groups, is part of the town’s initiative to rewrite its comprehensive plan, branded “Plan Snowmass.”

To help direct the process, Snowmass contracted the Franklin, Tennessee-based boutique planning and design firm Town Planning and Urban Design.

About 60 community members, including town employees and residents, participated in the speed-planning workshop at the Snowmass Recreation Center on Thursday.

Town Planning and Urban Design Principal Brian Wright also lead a Q&A session, whereby a few residents presented concerns related to increased development versus redevelopment and “losing Snowmass’ small-town feel.”

Throughout today and Saturday morning, one-hour focus groups on the following topics will take place at Town Hall:


Public infrastructure services, 9 a.m.

Built environment and design, 10:30 a.m.

Business, tourism and the economy, 2:30 p.m.

Transportation, mobility and parking, 4 p.m.

Housing and Lodging, 5:30 p.m.


Natural environment and sustainability, 9 a.m.

Planning commission, 10:30 a.m.

From 4 to 5:30 p.m. on Sunday at Town Hall, a plan team will review ideas heard throughout the process and check that it is on the right track.

The closing presentation, where the plan team will again review community members’ and participants’ feedback, is slated for 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Snowmass Recreation Center.

Snowmass Community Development Director Julie Ann Woods said the previous Plan Snowmass events, which altogether attracted more than 200 attendees, helped identify values related to open space and trails, additional employee housing and preserving Snowmass’ “small-town character,” according to a town statement about the event.

“Up to this point, we’ve just been listening to everyone,” Woods said. “At Planapalooza, we will present some ideas and principles for everybody to consider and it will be the first chance for everyone to tell us if we heard them right.

“We’re really excited to see what people think.”

Check the Snowmass Sun, on newsstands and online Wednesday, for a more in-depth look at Planapalooza.

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