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On Tuesday, December 10 and Wednesday, December 11, Cushing Terrell staff set up in spaces in downtown Salida and Buena Vista to solicit input on draft plan elements. These Drop-in events were held as an opportunity for folks to have one-on-one conversations about the future of Chaffee County with planning staff. Both events were well-attended with a total of 127 engaged community members!
Upon walking in the door, participants were handed half a million dollars in “Chaffee Bucks,” which they were instructed to invest in areas they thought the County should spend limited funding. Investment options included affordable housing, infrastructure improvements, a sustainability plan, a recreation center, renewable energy, childcare facilities, a circulator shuttle, or “other” where folks could write their ideas on sticky notes. Below is how Drop-in participants voted:
1. Affordable Housing - $126 Million
2. County Sustainability Plan - $121 Million
3. Infrastructure Improvements - $94 Million
4. Renewable Energy - $70 Million
5. Childcare Facilities - $66 Million
6. Recreation Center - $45 Million
7. County-wide Circulator Shuttle - $42 Million
8. Other - $21 Million
A survey about housing was available for participants, and a few highlights of the responses are shown below:
· 70% of survey responders said that they would support a local dedicated housing tax for affordable housing.
· When asked what form of tax they would be more likely to support, 29% answered Development Impact Fees, 18% answered Real Estate Tax/Mill Levy, and 20% answered all of the above.
· 86% of responders said they would support stricter County regulations on short term housing rentals.
· 88% said they would support the County passing inclusionary zoning requiring 10-20% of affordable housing for every new subdivision.
Drop-in participants also gave feedback on the first draft of Goals and Strategies for the plan. Missed the Drop-in events? Give your feedback at: https://together.chaffeecounty.org/what-weve-heard