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Avon waits to approve new transportation plan

Lauren Glendenning
Avon, CO Colorado

AVON, Colorado – Every person who rides the bus in Avon is also a pedestrian – that’s what the town’s transportation plan consultant wants town staff and the Town Council to remember as they plan for the town’s future.

The town talked about its Comprehensive Transportation Plan on Tuesday – a docu-ment that is still in the works – and decid-ed the town needed to spend more time refining it until the council could approve it. Jennifer Strehler, the town’s public works director, said the plan is neither a visionary document nor a design document but something in between. The reason town staff needs the council to approve it is because it cannot secure state or federal funding for future projects unless it follows the plan that has been formally approved by the town.

“We need this document as a staff tool,” Strehler said.

Justin Hildreth, the Avon town engineer, said the plan is a “long-range blueprint for travel and mobility within the town.” The plan would be used for staff to evaluate development applications and would fall under the general umbrella of the town comprehensive plan.

While the Comprehensive Transporta-tion Plan addresses all forms of transporta-tion, council members agreed that the pedestrian part of it was lacking.

Charles Buck, the consultant, said the town’s priority with the plan should focus on nonmotorized transportation, such as bicycles and walking paths, Councilman Brian Sipes said the plan wasn’t addressing

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