Crested Butte prepares to focus on Community Compass planning process – The Crested Butte News

Start With Fourth Graders, End With Junk

[ By Mark Reaman ]

Given the recent increase in COVID-19 cases in the Valley, the planned launch of the Crested Butte Community Compass planning process has changed. Instead of starting this week with a few relevant films and panel discussions, a “soft launch” has been launched with fourth-grade students from Crested Butte Community School to solicit their ideas on what they see in their future.

The Community Compass is the city’s comprehensive long-term planning initiative that is expected to take months to complete. City staff plan to focus on many public contributions over the next few months before releasing a full document next summer. The official launch of the effort will take place on October 7 with a “magazine insert” in the Crested Butte News that will be accompanied by a corresponding landing page website. Ideally, a complete document will be published next June.

Community development director Troy Russ said the first step in creating the compass is to “find our bearings. What are the biggest opportunities and challenges facing Crested Butte and the North Valley? How do we measure our core values ​​when it comes to our community and our quality of life? »

In a memo to council, he said that “if done correctly, a comprehensive plan gives citizens a voice in visioning and directing the future of a community and in identifying public needs and community priorities. Specifically, the comprehensive plans help create a foundation in establishing a “rational connection” for community planning initiatives and city council decisions to follow and meet the requirements of the US Constitution. The rational connection is simply a coherent connection between the identification of a need and the determination of an appropriate solution.

He explained that this effort will allow the community to identify the likely trade-offs they are willing to make to achieve their long-term goals. He wants strong input from all citizens and expects input from Mt. Crested Butte and the county.

Council member Jasmine Whelan said it was important to include community service workers, so holding standard evening meetings would not be enough.

Russ explained that the plan was for the staff to use creative ways to engage the community. “We will go to the community, we will not wait for them to come to us,” he promised. “We’ll be at happy hours and corporate staff meetings, whatever we can do to reach out to people and solicit their input.”

“Look for us at the trailheads this winter handing out hot chocolate,” added city planner Mel Yemma. “We’ll be sitting there at soccer games or hanging out on the benches on Elk Avenue. We want everyone’s ideas.

Troy promised that the films, Born from Junk and High Country, as well as the panel discussions would not be forgotten and would instead take place in March.

Louisa R. Loomis