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Citizen input wanted on growth and transportation

Posted on 09/23/2020
Citizen input wanted on growth and transportation

While the online surveys asking for resident feedback on the county’s comprehensive and transportation plans are now closed, there are still opportunities for residents to provide input to the commissioners as they work toward updating two frameworks that will guide Weld County’s growth and transportation in the future.

Four hundred and fifty-one surveys have been completed since the effort to gain in-person public feedback began in January before the survey process moved online in response to COVID-19. Residents who didn’t have a chance to complete the online surveys can still give their thoughts by:

  •  Sharing comments with Jim Flesher, Weld County Long-Range Planner, at jflesher@weldgov.com or by faxing (970) 304-6498. Comments can also be mailed to Jim Flesher, PO Box 758, Greeley, CO 80632.
  • Providing feedback during the three-reading process. Each reading is a public hearing. Public hearings will be Wednesday, September 30, Monday, October 19 and Monday, November 9. All public hearings will be at 9:00 a.m. in the Centennial Hearing Room of the Weld County Administration Building, located at 1150 O Street in Greeley.

“With the state demographer projecting the county’s population to be 710,000 by 2050, these plans help us identify how to best prepare for growth and the demand on transportation” Weld County Commissioner Chair Mike Freeman said. “This county belongs to our residents, and their feedback is critical to the process. We encourage as many people as possible to provide their thoughts on the future of Weld County.”

More information on the comprehensive and transportation plans can be found by visiting, www.weld2020vision.com.

Keeping the public informed

Several updates on many county government platforms encouraged public involvement throughout the comprehensive and transportation plan updates.

“Enhancing opportunities for our residents to be involved in these updates is our goal,” Weld County Commissioner Barbara Kirkmeyer said. “While COVID-19 changed how we have gone about it, we value the public opinion we’ve received and hope for more feedback moving forward.”

Regular updates were given through news releases, stories in the County Roots newsletter, 20 social media posts asking residents for their input, the launch of www.weld2020vision.com and mailing more than 500 postcards to residents engaged in the Use by Special Review process in the last five years.