PROPOSED TRAIL PLAN MOVES TO FINAL REVIEW Pitkin County Commissioners will take up final approval of the Carbondale to Crested Butte Trail Plan on Wednesday, Dec. 19th in the Board of County Commissioners meeting room in Aspen. The county administration building is located at 530 E. Main St. The meeting will begin at noon. The estimated start time for the Carbondale to Crested Butte Trail Plan discussion is between 1 and 1:30 PM, but this only an estimate. It will begin when the commissioners reach the trail plan item on their agenda. Find the agenda HERE. The meeting will be streamed live - CLICK HERE - to watch.
Commissioners adopted a resolution approving the trail plan on first reading at a Nov. 7th meeting in Carbondale. Second reading of the resolution is scheduled Dec. 19th, as is a public hearing before commissioners on the plan. Members of the public will each be given 5 minutes to present their input to commissioners. Posted below is the latest revised plan (requested changes from the Nov. 7th discussion appear in blue). Also posted below are other materials for the commissioner meeting on the 19th (BOCC packet materials), including a memo to commissioners and the resolution that is up for consideration.
On Nov. 7th in Carbondale, the Open Space and Trails Board conducted a public hearing on the plan and then voted 4-1 to approve the plan and recommend its approval by county commissioners. The commissioners' action to adopt the resolution on first reading followed. Click HERE to view a taping of the joint Open Space Board / county commissioner meeting on the 7th.
Also below are the public comments submitted in response to a draft of the plan earlier this year. The draft plan was released on April 24th and a public comment period was open through July 27th. Following the public comment period, a revised draft of the plan was presented to county commissioners and the Open Space and Trails Board on Sept. 4th. Click HERE to watch a recording of that Sept. 4th discussion.
VIDEO: JUNE 26TH LISTENING SESSION The Open Space and Trails Board and Board of County Commissioners hosted a June 26th listening session in Carbondale for members of the public who wished to speak on the draft trail plan. CLICK HERE to see the video of that session.
INTERACTIVE STORYMAP CLICK HERE to view an interactive Storymap that details the Planning Actions and Proposed Trail Alignment contained in the draft plan.
WATCH THE MAY 21ST PRESENTATION Posted below are environmental and engineering reports that are appendices to the draft plan, as well as the results of a public survey and letters that were received in advance of the drafting of the plan. A schedule of this planning process as it moved forward is also posted below. Two presentations on the draft plan took place. The second one, on May 21st, is available for viewing - CLICK HERE to watch.
PREVIOUSLY... Below is information (Map Boards, Segment Summaries) that was presented on the potential trail alignments at a pair of open house presentations in September 2017. These alignments were the focus of a public survey in the fall of 2017. Public input on the potential alignments helped inform the recommendations now contained in the Draft Plan. Also provided below is a link to a video of one of the September presentations by environmental and engineering consultants who studied the alignment alternatives, and a video link on the history of travel in the Crystal Valley. The consultants' reports can be found above in the Appendices and Timeline section (Environmental Report, Engineering Feasibility Report).
Click here for a video of the presentations by environmental and engineering consultants on Sept. 7, 2017.
Click here for a video on the history of travel in the Crystal Valley.
SEGMENT SUMMARIES AND MAP BOARDS FROM THE OPEN HOUSES Below are downloadable files of the map boards that were on display at the presentation/open houses on Sept. 6 and 7, 2017 in Redstone and Carbondale, and easy-to-read summaries of each segment.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS Available below are a number of frequently asked questions (and answers), including questions that were posed by members of the public during an Oct. 17, 2017 meeting of Pitkin County Commissioners, the Open Space and Trails Board and Carbondale Town Council in Carbondale.
HOW IT BEGAN The Carbondale to Crested Butte Trail is one of 16 trail projects across Colorado that was chosen for a statewide trails initiative called Colorado's 16. Subsequently, Great Outdoors Colorado in December 2016 awarded a $100,000 grant to the planning phase for this trail. In addition, Pitkin County Open Space and Trails budgeted $200,000 in 2017 for the planning, which included engineering and natural resource studies. ERO Resources was hired to conduct the environmental data collection while Loris and Associates Consulting Engineers handled the engineering feasibility work. The results of the consultants' analysis were unveiled at a pair of well-attended public presentations/open houses, on Sept. 6, 2017 in Redstone and Sept. 7, 2017 in Carbondale. The presentations kicked off a public comment period and an online survey that closed Nov. 15, 2017.
INITIAL INPUT Two open houses took place in January 2017 to collect initial public feedback and start the planning process. Available below are the displays and survey responses collected back in January 2017 at the kick-off open houses.
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