Dozens of Black Forest residents turned up and spoke out at the first of many El Paso County Master Plan meetings. Held at the Black Forest Community Club Hall on May 13, 2019, independent facilitators guided residents through a process to identify and prioritize issues related to growth, water, traffic, crime and other areas of concern.
Over 400,000 people are expected to settle in El Paso County between now and the year 2050, according to projections.
Master Plan stated goal: The County has been experiencing rapid growth and shifting demographics. Our new Master Plan will establish priorities, projects, and recommendations to help manage these trends and make our County a more competitive place to live, work, invest, and visit.
Issues and concerns raised by those in attendance include:
Water supply, inadequate roads, unchecked growth, exceptions made to zoning, drug dealers, fire safety, homelessness, utilities provider options, increased taxes, school capacity, traffic enforcement, emergency response, fire mitigation, traffic coordination, public transit, road quality, new growth burden, low income housing and transportation options, quality of education, east/west transportation corridor, public input procedures, lack of coordination with Colorado Springs, water supply contamination, not honoring our present plan, wildlife preservation, increased sheriff presence, planning for commercial areas, healthcare capacity, influence/control of Home Builders Association, losing rural nature of El Paso County, need for creativity in design, need realistic growth projections, need wildlife open space corridors, making annexation fair, etc.
Worksheet Questions Included:
1a: Identify 5 issues/concerns confronting the El Paso County community
1b: Identify 5 issues/concerns confronting your local community
2. List in order of importance the 3 most important issues discussed
3. Identify 3 specific projects or actions you want to see undertaken in El Paso County
4. Primary strengths and assets of El Paso County
To find the public meeting schedule for May 13, 14, 15, 2019, complete an online survey or peruse the Master Plan documents page, please visit this page.