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Last updated 8:19PM ET
December 12, 2017
KSUT Regional
KSUT Regional
LaPlata Strategic Planning, Step Two
(2007-10-30)
(ksut) - HOST LEAD: Phase two of a strategic planning effort, known as LaPlata County Compass is underway this week.
It's your chance to help identify issues facing LaPlata county and suggest ways to address those issues, in the face of a variety of growth and other pressures.
KSUT's Victor Locke reports.

VICTOR: About 30-people came to the Durango Rec Center last night to participate in round two of the county strategic planning process.
LaPlata county has retained Denver's Keystone Center for science and public policy to assist in what's believed to be the first ever strategic planning process undertaken by the county.
It's called the LaPlata County Compass.
Keystone's Caelen McGee facilitated the meeting.
His charge to the 30-or so people attending a workshop last night at the Rec Center in Durango was clear.
MCGEE: WE WANT YOUR IDEAS ON STRATEGIES TO FULFILL THESE GOALS. ANYTHING BIG TO SMALL, YOU LIVE HERE, YOU KNOW WHAT CHANGES YOU'D LIKE TO SEE IN YOUR COMMUNITY, YOU HAVE THE IDEAS AND SOLUTIONS THAT YOU WOULD LIKE TO SEE AND THAT'S WHAT WE'RE HERE TO FOCUS ON.
The idea was to get public input on how to address five issues, identified in round one of the planning process two months ago, by about 200 participants in a similar series of meetings.
Those issues include transportation, housing, economic vitality, families and health care, and agriculture/smart growth and sustainability.
Environment and immigration were added to the list last night before particpants broke into smaller groups to brainstorm on the issues, sparking lively discussion in some of the groups.
CONVERSATION: IF YOU PUT DENSITY THERE AND IT WORKS, YOU CAN HAVE THE STREETS, YOU CAN HAVE THE DRAINAGE, YOU CAN HAVE ALL THE INFRASTRUCTURE THERE, AND YOU DECIDE THIS IS WHERE IT'S GOING TO GO, STOP LISTENING TO A HANDFUL OF PEOPLE AND HAVE SOME GUTS AND STAND UP TO THEM.
The whole idea behind the process is to identify issues the county has responsibility for, prioritize them, and identify resources available to deal with those issues.
While he wished more than 30-people had shown up, County Commission Chair Wally White says he's happy with the turnout and the input the public has provided so far.
WHITE: CERTAINLY THESE ARE ISSUES OF IMPORTANCE TO THE ENTIRE COMMUNITY, AND THAT'S WHY WE'RE TRYING TO TAKE ON THIS STRATEGIC PLANNING PROCESS TO ENABLE OUR COUNTY ADMINISTRATION TO DEVELOP GOALS AND A VISION FOR WHAT WE WANT TO SEE IN THE COUNTY IN THE NEXT TEN YEARS.
If you wanted to participate, but didn't know about or couldn't make last night's meeting, you have two more changes.
Two more public workshops similar to last night are scheduled, tonight at Bayfield Town Hall and Thursday night at Ignacio Town Hall, both from 5:30 to 8:30 pm.
The county hopes to wrap up the process in February, by adopting the LaPlata County Compass, a document that could help in county decisionmaking, for the next ten years.
You can read more about the planning process, at the county's website, co.laplata.co.us.
From KSUT, Four Corners Public Radio, I'm Victor Locke.
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