Draft Comprehensive Plan

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Download the Draft Chaffee County Comprehensive Plan from the Documents Library on the right side of this page! This document is born out of a 9-month engagement process, and is full of ideas, goals, strategies, projects, future land uses and growth scenarios that came directly from what we've heard from the public thus far. When reading, please remember that this is a DRAFT - it is by no means final and it is critical that we get constructive feedback to continue to refine it until it is the visionary document that Chaffee County residents agree upon.


Please write your comments in a word document and save it so you don't lose your work, then copy and paste them below so that the project team can coalesce them and incorporate them into the next drafts. So that we can better refine this document, please be as specific (sections, page numbers, specific goals/strategies, policies, etc.) as possible. Thank you for taking the time to read and comment on this draft plan!

Download the Draft Chaffee County Comprehensive Plan from the Documents Library on the right side of this page! This document is born out of a 9-month engagement process, and is full of ideas, goals, strategies, projects, future land uses and growth scenarios that came directly from what we've heard from the public thus far. When reading, please remember that this is a DRAFT - it is by no means final and it is critical that we get constructive feedback to continue to refine it until it is the visionary document that Chaffee County residents agree upon.


Please write your comments in a word document and save it so you don't lose your work, then copy and paste them below so that the project team can coalesce them and incorporate them into the next drafts. So that we can better refine this document, please be as specific (sections, page numbers, specific goals/strategies, policies, etc.) as possible. Thank you for taking the time to read and comment on this draft plan!

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Page 6, Para. 2, State Statute provides for adoption of a Comp Plan as regulatory.Pages 26, 27 - additional regulatory documents and studies not all of which may be relevant to the Comp Plan Revision -Chaffee County Commercial Land Use Policy – Res 1989-25 -(1989); Chaffee County Trails Master Plan – Res 2003-16 - (June 2003); Code of the West – (mid 1990’s); Right to Ranch Policy – Ordinance 2008-02; Recep # 373288 - (March 2008); Junk Ordinance – Ord 1987-1 (Dec 1987); Flood Protection Res 1987-7; Vested Rights Res 1999-59 (and in Chap 2, 6, 8 LUC)Pages 28, 29 - Zoning history and current zoning is inaccurate and incomplete - I'd be glad to discuss it with whomeverPg. 34, Trout Creek not a great example – Clear Creek and reservoir, Cottonwood Creek and Lake, Chalk Creek, Little Arkansas better examples of waterways.Pg. 38, Wild fire - BOCC recently adopted The Community Wildfire Protection Plan.Pg. 51, noted higher than avg. ages and need for facilities to address them. Would this be an appropriate place to note the huge contribution in volunteer work of retirees and the implications?Page 62, suggest another look at percent who commute to Chaffee for work - I think most recent is over 30% with anecdotal evidence of teachers/health professionals commuting great distances. Note RV's at HRRMC.Pg. 70, At some point I think it would be important to recognize a growing body of data from public and private sources indicates a decreasing availability of land for development which can have a significant impact on future business and jobs and increases the need to look for alternative economic development.Page 82, Goal 2.4, K - what is a voluntary resident occupancy incentive?Page 84, Goal 3.2 - see existing Trails Master Plan - does it need revision?Page 132, Poncha, #5 - Salida school district has just been added to CMC

Sig 3 months ago

I believe the Conservation Plan for the Collegiate Peaks Scenic and Historic Byway (see http://centralcoloradoconservancy.org/collegiate-peaks-scenic-and-historic-byway-plan/) needs to be explicitly integrated and incorporated into the Comprehensive plan along with references to the protection and preservation of the Collegiate Peaks Scenic and Historic Byway and Heritage Area, and to the Chaffee County Heritage Area and Collegiate Peaks Scenic and Historic Byway Management Plan, including any updates and revisions to it (please, see https://garna.org/wp2020/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/Chaffee-County-Byway-Heritage-Management-Plan-Final_Pages-1-101.pdf,https://garna.org/wp2020/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/Chaffee-County-Byway-Heritage-Area-Management-Plan-Final_Pages-102-184.pdf). The Byway and Heritage Area are key features of our county and require continued protection and preservation, if we want the things that we love in this county to remain, e.g. scenic views and vistas, working agricultural lands, historical sites that attract tourism, wildlife. . .

Susan Nies 4 months ago

Comments on the Draft Comprehensive Plan:I would like to voice my support for Scenario C of the Comprehensive Plan draft (Pg. 145-47), which focuses growth around municipal areas and existing county villages. This scenario supports raising the minimum lot sizes in the rural zone to 10 acres, in order to direct growth toward the municipal and village areas. This rule change will go a long way toward reducing rural sprawl and preserving the open space that county residents value. I support Theme 6 for the same reason.In addition, I applaud the addition of Theme 4: Resilient and Sustainable Environment (Pg. 89-91), which points toward the creation of a Sustainability Plan. This plan should include goals for energy efficient building, energy audits for existing buildings, clean energy development, recycling, composting, zero waste events, mass transit options, ways to fight climate change, wildlife habitat and corridor protection, wildfire protection planning, protecting air and water quality, protecting viewscapes and dark skies, watershed health, and inventorying the carbon footprint of the county. Experts are already working on the Sustainability Plan details, and appreciate the opportunity to affect the future of Chaffee County in a meaningful, sustainable way. Ideas for a Clean Energy Strategy have already been submitted by expert members of the Clean Energy Chaffee group, and should be added to the Comprehensive Plan.I also particularly support Strategy E, under Jobs and Economy (Pg. 92): “Promote the development of businesses, jobs, and programs focused on renewable energy, clean technology, waste reduction, and recycling.”Thank you also for Goal 5.4 under Jobs and Economy, Strategy G (Pg. 92):“Work closely with the Recreation in Balance initiative, the Chaffee County Heritage Board and the Chaffee County Economic Development Corporation to develop strategies for year-round economic resiliency.”I would like to suggest a few additions to the draft plan. 1- Under Theme 3: Connectivity and Mobility (Pg. 87-88), please add developing a mass transit system that goes beyond what the Chaffee Shuttle can offer. As the county population grows, efficient mass transit will reduce auto commuting, emissions, and connect our communities. Mass Transit should also be added to Theme 4, Resilient and Sustainable Environment (Pg. 89-91).2- Protecting local farm agriculture and local food sources (in addition to ranching), and keeping local food sources within the county needs to be added to Theme 4: Resilient and Sustainable Environment. Finally, I would like to comment on the general organization of the draft Comprehensive Plan document. I found the document confusing and difficult to follow. I suggest consolidating all information around each of the six themes, making strategies, goals, implementation plans, and appendixes subsets of each theme. It seems like doing that would make it easier for planners to find the information they are looking for when they use the plan. The way it is set up now, a reader needs to look for information on a planning theme in several different sections of the plan, which confuses and slows progress and may lead to important information being missed.Thank you for the opportunity to comment on the draft Comprehensive Plan.

Susan Greiner 4 months ago

GOAL 5.1: Create a resilient economy of sustainable economic growth that provides a broad range of job opportunities and goods and services for local residents and visitors.Allow for progressive levels of entrepreneurship opportunites through the use of creative and flexible land use and building policies.

lola 4 months ago

GOAL 4.4: Become a model County for Sustainability.Develop and adopt an Integrated Pesticide Management (IPM) policy to ensure use of cultural, mechanical and biological pest management options and appropriate use of lower toxic pesticides to control weeds and other pests in the county to protect human and environmental health.

lola 4 months ago

GOAL 4.4: Become a model County for Sustainability.A great strategy for this would be to look for creative and innovative partnerships and funding streams to provide waste diversion strategies. For example, the county could provide land for a larger, county-wide composting facility. Or a nonprofit could manage a local food system cooperative that supports all-income levels. Or?!!!

lola 4 months ago

I am confused on what "Action Steps" are. Will all of these be implemented or are they suggestions within the plan? If they will be implemented, I suggested someone at CTA work with county/city staff to ensure they all make sense and are comprehensive. For example, in Theme #1, an action step is: "ACTION STEP: Utilize a public-private partnership to build a multi-purpose community center with indoor recreation facilities and community theater space and meeting rooms." The city of Salida just finalized/approved its updated Parks and Recreation Master Plan in February and in it is a stated need for a community center in Centennial Park.Maybe researching the possibility of creating Parks and Recreation District to serve the entire county is something that makes sense?

lola 4 months ago

Overall a great process with lots of opportunites for input, both in person and online.Thank you CTA and others who made all of these meetings, and other forms of input, happen!I love the new Resilient and Sustainable Theme, maybe a bit too much focus on wild fire prevention though? A mention of the new Fire Plan out of Common Ground is great, but let's make sure it's a balance introduction to the Theme.

lola 4 months ago

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nbland 4 months ago

I'm not understanding the use of "Private Volunteer Organization" in addition to "Non-governermental Organization". What is the distinction? I would either define those further, or just use NGO, as it is more widely understood. In addition, it seems very strange that "businesses" or "companies" or "private sector" are not referred to at all as a stakeholder group like PVOs and NGOs - I would prefer to see "businesses" and NGOs used. Page 11 - there are two typos: first sentence of the 2nd paragraph on the right column. Also the last letter on Page 11 is a random "C" that doesn't connect to a word.I haven't finished reading yet but will submit this and return later! Thank you

Joseph 4 months ago

Project #16 in the Poncha Springs section is in error; US 24 doesn't go through Poncha. I suspect it is for BV.

Dean 4 months ago

Love it!!!!

Wayne 4 months ago

TEST 2

nbland 4 months ago

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nbland 4 months ago