The Town of Estes Park and Larimer County have scheduled a joint study session of the Town Board of Trustees, the Board of County Commissioners, and the Estes Valley Planning Commission at 6 p.m., June 14, 2018 in the Town Board Room of Town Hall, 170 MacGregor Ave. This meeting, the next in a series of meetings among the three official bodies every four months, is slated primarily for discussion of an anticipated rewritten Estes Valley Comprehensive Plan, particularly the process for getting the plan underway, according to Community Development Director Randy Hunt. Community members are encouraged to observe the meeting; public comment is not included on the study session agenda.
Meeting topics include:
• The expected time frame for a new plan, from beginning to completion;
• An approximate budget and other resource availability, including potential grant sources;
• A brief outline of components, including other plans, already adopted or expected in the near future;
• Preliminary identification of key stakeholders and strategies to involve them in the planning process.
The Town and County share a mutual aim: replacing the 1996 Comprehensive Plan with an essentially new plan with 21st century goals and policies. Some useful elements in the existing plan may be retained or updated. It’s expected that much of the Estes Valley Development Code will be revised in conjunction with a rewritten plan.
The Estes Valley model for land-use regulations is unique in Colorado. The Town of Estes Park and Larimer County partnered in the mid-1990s to develop the Estes Valley Comprehensive Plan, a unified vision for land-use planning in both the incorporated and unincorporated areas of the Estes Valley. In 2000, they jointly established the Estes Valley Development Code. The Planning Commission reviews development and subdivision proposals within the entire Estes Valley, though the final decision-making authority lies with the Larimer County Commissioners and Town Board for their respective jurisdictions.
For more information, please contact the Town’s Planning Division at 970-577-3721 or firstname.lastname@example.org.