What We've Heard

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This word cloud was created from the responses to open-ended questions on the Together Chaffee County Comprehensive Plan survey.

After five months of listening to your concerns and your hopes about the future, the first TOGETHER CHAFFEE Comprehensive Plan draft documents are ready for your review. Please add your thoughts below in the Ideas widget.


The Goals and Strategies

This first draft is organized into six themes that form the foundation of the comprehensive plan. While still in draft form, these themes are:

  • People and County Character
  • Attainable and Inclusive Housing
  • Connectivity and Mobility
  • Resilient and Sustainable Environment
  • Jobs and Economy
  • Growth and Land Use

Under each of these themes are goals and strategies for action that are the focus of the public feedback sessions. We want to hear from you:

  • Are these the right goals and strategies?
  • Is anything missing?
  • Do they communicate a clear vision for the future?
  • How would you improve this draft?


You can view the full list of draft goals and strategies below and you can download a PDF version from the Document Library on the right-hand side of this page.

So, What Did People Say?

To develop the drafts, Together Chaffee gathered community input from:

  • 44 stakeholder interviews
  • 5 neighborhood meetings
  • 2 high school workshops
  • 2 open houses
  • 2 online surveys

The overwhelming concerns are, unsurprisingly, affordable housing and managing growth. Residents were also concerned with:

  • The challenges for families with lack of childcare and youth activities.
  • The lack of specialized health care (urgent care, pediatric dentists, behavioral health and drug treatment)
  • With a growing senior population, concerns over long term health care and services to age in place.

Residents expressed a hope for:

  • Better and more well thought out and well-maintained road systems as well as other forms of transportation like sidewalks and trails for transportation, not just recreation.
  • Funding infrastructure and maintenance for both existing and future development.
  • A more sustainable and resilient county – this covered a whole range of issues from waste management, energy, the economy, and natural systems.
  • The river, watershed health, and water quality and quantity are very important as well as the need to steward these resources.
  • Maintaining and managing recreation assets and access to public lands.
  • Diversifying the economy to provide places for economic activity as well as continuing support for business owners. Broadband, of course, ties into this.
  • A plan for how and where development occurs so we grow in and around existing nodes, protect natural areas and agriculture, and find that delicate balance between private property right and a well-designed, fiscally strong community.
  • Increased collaboration between towns and county, incentives for growth where we want it and to plan for the future by setting aside land for things like public institutions and open space.


You can view a more detailed analysis of what we've heard below and you can download a PDF version from the Document Library on the right-hand side of this page.



Remind Me, Why Does This Matter?

We are lucky to love where we live, but we also know we are at a crossroads. Given all the change, we are wondering if we will become stronger as a community or if we are going to lose what we love about living here. This is why the County has initiated Together Chaffee, a multi-year project focused on strengthening our community’s unique assets and creating a more prosperous future for all of Chaffee County.

First up is to update the nearly 20-year-old comprehensive plan. The comprehensive plan informs residents, investors, and decision makers on what the county’s goals and priorities are. It will help guide the Planning Commission and County Commissioners to make decisions consistent with the kind of community we want to live in.

After five months of listening to your concerns and your hopes about the future, the first TOGETHER CHAFFEE Comprehensive Plan draft documents are ready for your review. Please add your thoughts below in the Ideas widget.


The Goals and Strategies

This first draft is organized into six themes that form the foundation of the comprehensive plan. While still in draft form, these themes are:

  • People and County Character
  • Attainable and Inclusive Housing
  • Connectivity and Mobility
  • Resilient and Sustainable Environment
  • Jobs and Economy
  • Growth and Land Use

Under each of these themes are goals and strategies for action that are the focus of the public feedback sessions. We want to hear from you:

  • Are these the right goals and strategies?
  • Is anything missing?
  • Do they communicate a clear vision for the future?
  • How would you improve this draft?


You can view the full list of draft goals and strategies below and you can download a PDF version from the Document Library on the right-hand side of this page.

So, What Did People Say?

To develop the drafts, Together Chaffee gathered community input from:

  • 44 stakeholder interviews
  • 5 neighborhood meetings
  • 2 high school workshops
  • 2 open houses
  • 2 online surveys

The overwhelming concerns are, unsurprisingly, affordable housing and managing growth. Residents were also concerned with:

  • The challenges for families with lack of childcare and youth activities.
  • The lack of specialized health care (urgent care, pediatric dentists, behavioral health and drug treatment)
  • With a growing senior population, concerns over long term health care and services to age in place.

Residents expressed a hope for:

  • Better and more well thought out and well-maintained road systems as well as other forms of transportation like sidewalks and trails for transportation, not just recreation.
  • Funding infrastructure and maintenance for both existing and future development.
  • A more sustainable and resilient county – this covered a whole range of issues from waste management, energy, the economy, and natural systems.
  • The river, watershed health, and water quality and quantity are very important as well as the need to steward these resources.
  • Maintaining and managing recreation assets and access to public lands.
  • Diversifying the economy to provide places for economic activity as well as continuing support for business owners. Broadband, of course, ties into this.
  • A plan for how and where development occurs so we grow in and around existing nodes, protect natural areas and agriculture, and find that delicate balance between private property right and a well-designed, fiscally strong community.
  • Increased collaboration between towns and county, incentives for growth where we want it and to plan for the future by setting aside land for things like public institutions and open space.


You can view a more detailed analysis of what we've heard below and you can download a PDF version from the Document Library on the right-hand side of this page.



Remind Me, Why Does This Matter?

We are lucky to love where we live, but we also know we are at a crossroads. Given all the change, we are wondering if we will become stronger as a community or if we are going to lose what we love about living here. This is why the County has initiated Together Chaffee, a multi-year project focused on strengthening our community’s unique assets and creating a more prosperous future for all of Chaffee County.

First up is to update the nearly 20-year-old comprehensive plan. The comprehensive plan informs residents, investors, and decision makers on what the county’s goals and priorities are. It will help guide the Planning Commission and County Commissioners to make decisions consistent with the kind of community we want to live in.