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Gypsum wants residents to share vision for town’s future

GYPSUM — Leaders in Gypsum want to know what residents’ vision for the community looks like.

That’s why they have launched a process called Vision for Gypsum’s Future. In addition to seeking general opinions about community attributes, the effort will also solicit focused input about a future potential downtown area in the community.

“The town of Gypsum is anticipated to grow significantly in the next 10 to 20 years,” said Gypsum’s Senior Planner Lana Gallegos. “With these changes, we want to make sure that we are prepared for the social and economic opportunities that will occur, protect our wonderful quality of life and expand on the identity of Gypsum. Therefore, community leaders are exploring the idea of a downtown area as part of a revision to the 1999 Master Plan. Every community member has the ability to influence how Gypsum takes shape as the community grows and evolves.”



COMMUNITY INPUT SURVEY

“Everyone who lives, works, plays or goes to school in Gypsum has the opportunity to have a voice in the process, so don’t miss out on your opportunity to be heard and take the survey today.” Lana GallegosGypsum senior planner

Residents can share their ideas by taking a community input survey, which is open through June 15. The survey is available in both English and Spanish and can be accessed in the upper right corner of the home page for the town’s website, http://www.townofgypsum.com. Paper copies of the survey are also available at Gypsum Town Hall, the Gypsum Recreation Center and the Gypsum Public Library.



Additional opportunities to give input include a free pancake breakfast, planned from 6:30 to 8:30 a.m. on Monday to celebrate the completion of construction on Valley Road.

“The town will also coordinate a variety of other public comment and input meetings in the future as we move forward with this topic,” Gallegos said. “Everyone who lives, works, plays or goes to school in Gypsum has the opportunity to have a voice in the process, so don’t miss out on your opportunity to be heard and take the survey today.”

SUPPORTING THE PROCESS



To solicit more wide-reaching feedback, the town of Gypsum has partnered with a local team of multi-disciplinary professionals from the Regional Institute for Health and Environmental Leadership’s Community Design program to help support the community input process.

The RIHEL team is comprised of community members from across the Eagle River Valley, including Jeff Pieper, Colorado State University horticulture extension agent; Kris Valdez, Eagle County planner; John-Ryan Lockman, Walking Mountains Science Center energy program manager; and Katie Haas, Eagle County Public Health and Environment healthy communities coordinator.

Team members are reaching out to local employers and community groups to promote survey responses.


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