forward planning process asks the community to consider the future of the valley | Estes Park News

The city and county are working with the community on the comprehensive Estes Forward plan. The process began this spring and will continue through 2022. In November, city and county planning teams invite the Estes community to participate in virtual visioning workshops and online activities. The public will help identify and refine shared values ​​to come up with a clear, concise and unified vision for the plan. Virtual workshops will take place on November 3, from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. and on November 17, from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. Links to join the virtual workshops via Zoom, as well as additional information about the workshops, are provided on the project website at www. An event will also take place in Spanish and will be announced later.

Why is this important? Visioning is a process for the community to define the future they want for topics such as housing, employment and commerce, transportation, utilities, and land conservation. A long-term vision will act as a directional compass for the community and decision makers for years to come. As such, it is essential that broad community input contributes to the development of a set of shared community values ​​and guiding principles.

For those interested in discussing the desired future of the Estes Valley and learning more about the planning process, virtual workshops and engagement activities on are available throughout November. Recordings of the workshops will be posted on the project website after the events.

For more information on the

Estes Forward process, visit

Louisa R. Loomis