by Brian Orr
WALSENBURG- Plan Tools, who have been hired by the City of Walsenburg to prepare a comprehensive plan for the City to use as a blueprint for future growth, have turned in the initial draft plan.
After a series of three public meetings and interviews, Plan Tools took the collected citizen input and ideas, chewed it up and sent it back to the City Council for review. The plan is deliberately not based on current revenue projections, but is more of a “big idea” piece, setting goals for the City to strive for.
As stated in the draft, “the plan direction for the comprehensive plan consists of three major planning areas; each guided by a set of six planning principles. The six principles form the basis for six plan elements, with each plan element hosting a set of major strategies and action items for implementing the plan.”
“The plan direction depicts three distinct planning areas: stable areas, growth areas and rural areas.
“Stable areas are those areas within the incorporated boundaries of Walsenburg where the character of land use is stable or stability is desired.
“Growth areas are those areas immediately adjacent to Walsenburg where urban services are available, or may become available.
“Rural areas are those unincorporated adjecent to stable and growth areas.
“The plan is an ambitious vision for the future of Walsenburg, but will affect the entire county.” This plan cannot be implemented by Walsenburg alone, but will require the help of everyone living here.