May 8, 2019
El Paso County Seeks Community Input for County Master Plan Redo
from Judy von Ahlefeldt – Black Forest Leadership Outreach Team member
Citizens of El Paso County (including those who live in municipalities) are invited to attend one of six meetings the second week of May, 2019 to provided feedback and talk to County planners and to the Consultant about the new El Paso County Master Plan. Three meetings are scheduled for County-wide input information and three others target “Specific Areas” which include Black Forest, Falcon and Tri-Lakes. These are initial meetings which will provide critical written input to the County and its Consultant to determine direction and emphases for the Master Plan which may or may not continue to have Small Area Plans as elements within it.
Public Input Meeting Schedule:
Monday-Wednesday, May 13, 14, 15. Representatives from El Paso County Development Services Department and members of the Contractor’s Team (Consultant Houseal and Lavigne from Chicago) will be at all meetings. A Leadership Outreach Team (LOT) of local citizens has been appointed to assist. The LOT citizens for Black Forest, Monument and Falcon are: Judy von Ahlefeldt, Tom Vierzba and Kevin Curry (respectively).
All of these meetings will have a similar general facilitated format and attendees will be able to submit their ideas and comments in writing. These ideas and comments are intended to be used for the Consultant’s database so it is extremely important for citizens to show up and speak up. There is also an online questionnaire and Map which can be filled out throughout the process as new ideas surface during the process. All input materials include places for specific custom comments.
These meetings are packed into a three-day period. Please make every effort to attend one. If you can go to both a Specific Area Meeting AND a County-Wide Community meeting you will note that the questions are slightly different and you will have the opportunity to weigh in on both local and county-wide items.
Specific Area Meetings
Monday, May 13: 3:00-4:30 p.m.
Black Forest Area at the Black Forest Community Club
12530 Black Forest Rd Black Forest, CO, 80908. Limited seating.
Tuesday, May 14: 9:00-10:00 a.m.
Tri-Lakes Area at the Tri-lakes Chamber of Commerce
166 2nd St, Monument, CO. Limited seating.
Wednesday, May 15: 2:30-3:15 p.m.
Falcon/Peyton Special Area at Meridian Service Recreation Center
10301 Angeles Road, Peyton, CO. Limited seating.
County Wide Community Meetings
NORTHERN COUNTY (Also Black Forest)
Monday, May 13: 6:00-8:00 p.m. (doors open at 5:30 pm)
Countywide Community Workshop at Bear Creek Elementary School
1330 Creekside Drive, Monument, CO
SOUTH COUNTY and C SPRINGS
Tuesday, May 14: 6:00-8:00 p.m. (doors open at 5:30 pm)
Countywide Community Workshop at Fountain Valley Senior Center
5745 Southmoor Dr, Fountain, CO
CENTRAL-EASTERN COUNTY AND C SPRINGS (Also Black Forest)
Wednesday, May 15: 6:00-8:00 p.m. (doors open at 5:30 pm)
Countywide Community Workshop at Grace Community Church
9475 Grace Church View, Falcon, CO
(Access from Meridian Rd., west on Londonderry, south on Keating – just south of Stapleton Rd.)
MASTER PLAN WEBSITE
Public Input: Complete the Master Plan Survey online by visiting http://www.elpasoco.com and clicking on “Your El Paso Master Plan” graphic.
Visitors will arrive at a website that contains both the survey and additional information about the Master Plan, including a schedule of community meetings. The Master Plan development process will take about two years to complete and will include dozens of opportunities for citizens to voice their views. However, the online survey is a fast, effective, and convenient way for citizens to participate in the planning process.
The County Master Plan is broad and will examine County land use, infrastructure, water capacity, transportation networks, government services, and other important topics. The aim of the Master Plan is to better serve and accommodate the needs of residents, businesses, and visitors to the County. The Master Plan will integrate and expand on concepts from the current Countywide Policy Plan and several recent plans and studies. Examples include the Major Transportation Corridors Plan (2016) and the Parks Master Plan (2013), as well as other ongoing County initiatives, like the Water Master Plan (2018) and broadband strategic plan efforts.