Envision to share information about county growth trend

Envision to share information about county growth trend


Jan. 2, 2018 — Envision Chaffee County will provide interesting information about how the county is doing compared to community-generated visions for the future, and begin to form strategies for smart growth during a public meeting on Jan. 12

Envision is a countywide effort to define the community’s most important assets and create tangible solutions to protect them into the future. The county is projected to grow 31% by 2030 and 52% by 2050, according to the State Demographer.

Through the Envision process, which has involved more than 1,200 citizens since early October, community members have crafted four vision statements about what residents want 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 Jan. 12 meeting will feature a data walk with graphs, maps and charts. Participants will view the information and then discuss how the community is doing now compared to the four vision statements above.

The data walk will include information about deer and elk populations, trends in beetle related forest die-off, crime rate, business growth, population growth in towns versus the county, wage and housing cost growth, and more.

“Data walk information will create a common language and facts that further connect the community, helping us know where we are making progress toward our common goals and where we need to focus efforts to change current trends,” Envision Team Lead Cindy Williams said.

More than 1,200 people have become involved in Envision since its inception last year. More than 200 have attended meetings and 600 are keeping up on the progress via email. Nearly 7% of the population completed a community survey in October and November that helped craft the community vision statements.

Involvement includes representatives from the county’s three town boards, heads of major local government and state agency departments, nonprofits and local businesses.

The Chaffee County Commissioners unanimously convened the initiative in September.

A December meeting among landowners was well attended by local ranching families.

“We had a productive session, hearing their concerns and vision for the future,” Williams said. “This approach of deep engagement to understand different perspectives is critical to finding common ground and creating Chaffee County’s best future.”

All community members are invited to the Jan. 12 meeting, which takes place from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Buena Vista Community Center. Those with work conflicts are encouraged to attend a compressed session 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 to attend or request childcare. For more information, visit

cutline: Information about how the county is doing compared to community-generated visions for the future, such as declines in wildlife populations, will be presented at an Envision Chaffee County meeting on Jan. 12 in Buena Vista.

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