DRAFT TRAIL PLAN IS NEXT STEP A proposed draft plan for a Carbondale to Crested Butte Trail will see another round of discussion by the Board of County Commissioners and Open Space and Trails Board on April 10th. The two boards began the discussion with a two-hour work session on March 13th. Watch that discussion here.
Click here to find the proposed draft plan that is currently under review by the boards. Once the two boards have reviewed and revised the plan, they will release it for public input. The public comment period is tentatively scheduled to begin in April.
Posted below are environmental and engineering reports that will be 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.
PREVIOUSLY... County Commissioners and the Open Space and Trails Board previously met Jan. 16th in a joint work session to discuss planning for the trail and the public process as the trail plan moves forward. Click here to watch a video of that discussion.
In advance of the Jan. 16th joint meeting, the Open Space and Trails Board met Dec. 21, 2017 to discuss public input into the project and offer some of their own thoughts. Click here to watch a video recording of that meeting.
KEY LINKS Below are links to information that was presented on the potential trail alignments at a pair of open house presentations in September 2017. These alignments were the focus of the public survey. Also provided 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 are provided above (Environmental Report, Engineering Feasibility Report).
Click here for an interactive display of potential trail alignments, environmental and engineering info and more.
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.
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.
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. The information contained in the map boards and summaries is also available within the link above in the Key Links section (the interactive display of potential trail alignments, environmental and engineering info and more).
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 at the kick-off open houses.
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