During a pair of public kick-off meetings on June 11 and 13, city planners and administrators began gathering citizen input as the City of Montrose embarks on a community engagement process that is essential to creating the city’s revised Comprehensive Plan.
Public discussions at the initial kick-off meetings allowed city planners to gather community members’ ideas on vision and values. City administrators also informed the public about the implementation process, which is slated to begin following the completion of the Comprehensive Plan in 2020.
Residents who were not able to attend the initial public meetings can take an online survey to give feedback at www.surveymonkey.com/r/W67H9JD.
The community engagement process provides an opportunity to re-evaluate the community’s vision, goals, and priorities and address current conditions and needs. The meetings examined current growth trends and existing conditions of the city. Attendees were divided into smaller groups where they collectively brainstormed three things they wanted to improve and or create in Montrose in the coming years.
According to data by the Colorado Department of Local Affairs, the population of the City of Montrose is expected to rise from 20,090 in 2018 to 32,420 in 2050. In comparison, the overall population of Montrose County is projected at 68,780 in 2050, up from 43,336 in 2018.
Questions city administrators want to answer are; how should the city manage growth and what kind of city will future generations inherit?
Following a period of time to gather input from the online survey, the city will prepare an initial existing conditions report in July. The city will then host a series of public workshops at City Hall in the Centennial Room on July 22 and 25, August 5, 12, 13, and 21 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. A Spanish workshop is scheduled for August 22 at City Hall in the Centennial Room from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Topics to be discussed at these workshops may include land use and growth, transportation, housing, economic development, recreation and tourism, parks and open space, and the environment.