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Open Houses 3 and 4 were held on February 26 and 27 in Salida and Buena Vista. The goal for the meetings was to solicit input on draft comprehensive plan items like growth scenarios, sub-area plans, goals, strategies, action steps and projects. Survey #2 results were presented and meeting attendees were walked through three growth scenarios. Scenario A showed growth with the existing land use framework by projecting growth using historic growth trends based on the current Land Use Code and Subdivision Regulations. Scenario B showed Conservation and Corridors, which focused growth even more towards existing towns and transportation corridors. Scenario C, the most extreme of the three, showed growth almost exclusively in existing municipalities and County villages with high conservation on natural and scenic resources. In both meetings, Chaffee community members voiced a strong preference for Scenario C.
The Sub-area plans consisted of the four identified focus areas within the County: Buena Vista, Mid-Valley/Nathrop, Salida, and Poncha Springs/Maysville. Each Sub-area plan showed three maps; Existing Land Use, Future Land Use, and Existing and Proposed Infrastructure. Residents were able to comment on any of the maps, and were particularly interested in the Future Land Use which was modeled after growth Scenario B.
Meeting attendees were able to place priority on a list of projects by Sub-area and write in projects that weren’t already listed. The highest priority projects were:
We would still like your input on the draft comprehensive plan, and you can read and comment on it here: https://together.chaffeecounty.org/draft-comprehensive-plan