Envision to share information about county growth trends at Jan. 12 meeting

Envision Chaffee County will provide detailed information about how the county is doing in topic areas related to growth during a public meeting on Jan. 12, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Buena Vista Community Center.

It will feature a data walk with detailed bar graphs, tables and pie charts. Participants will view the information and then discuss how the community is doing in the areas outlined in four community vision statements. Examples include deer and elk population declines; acres of forest insect infestations; land use measured by acres of working lands vs. acres protected from development; and housing costs vs. wages.

Envision is a countywide effort to define the community’s most important assets and create tangible solutions to protect them into the future. The community has crafted four vision statements about what the community wants in 2030 and beyond: — Healthy forests, waters and wildlife maintained in balance with outdoor recreation. — A friendly, supportive community where participation is encouraged and shared cultural elements connect us. — Community members able to live locally and benefit from an increasingly diversified economy. — A sustainable agricultural community and open rural landscapes with growth concentrated in and around towns.

“The measures presented in the data walk will create a currency that everyone agrees to use, and will help us tell whether we are making progress toward our common goals,” Envision Team Lead Cindy Williams said.

A compressed session for those with work conflicts take place on Wednesday, Jan. 17, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Poncha Springs New Town Hall Center. Childcare is available for both meetings upon prior request. Contact [email protected] to attend or request childcare. For more information, visit envisionchaffeecounty.org.

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