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‘Road Show’ meeting planned for Aspen Springs

The Archuleta County Planning Department is hosting a series of meetings this year, the “Road Show 2010,” at sites located throughout the county.

Last month, the first meeting of the year was held in Arboles. This month, the meeting will be in Aspen Springs, at 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 25, at the Aspen Springs Metro District Building at 216 Metro Place.

Meetings are conducted in a “Town Hall” format in which citizens are encouraged to participate in an interactive discussion concerning what matters in their community when it comes to land use, planning, growth and development.

Meetings are informal, and although no official action is taken, comments will be recorded in writing and reported back to the planning commission and Board of County Commissioners.

Each meeting is tailored to the community in which it is held.

A central theme of these meetings is to address the concerns residents have and to identify what vision may be anticipated for the future as development continues to occur.

The county has several ordinances in place, including a Nuisance Ordinance through which code enforcement plays a key role. Code enforcement is done through Development Services and a code enforcement officer or his designee is anticipated to attend each meeting to answer questions.

The purpose of the meetings is to gain input and feedback on issues of concern in each individual community — information that will then be used to form the basis for long-range area plans and amendments to the Land Use Regulations.

The public is encouraged to attend the Aspen Springs meeting. Future meetings will be held in Chromo, Pagosa Lakes and at the county fairgrounds building.