Archuleta County and design firm Design Concepts will hold a “kickoff” meeting for the master plan for the county-owned 95 acres located along U.S. 84 on Monday evening.
Scheduled for 6 p.m. on Feb. 27 in the commissioners’ meeting room, the meeting will be the first since the Archuleta County Board of County Commissioners voted on Jan. 26 to hire the firm for the project.
The property is located on U.S. 84 between the county fairgrounds and the county Road and Bridge facility.
County Administrator Greg Schulte previously indicated to SUN staff that public comment would not be the reason for the “kickoff” meeting, but that public comment would be taken at three other meetings to be held throughout the planning process.
The Monday meeting, then, is expected to establish expectations and procedures between the BoCC and Design Concepts.
BoCC Chair Clifford Lucero said a committee will work with Design Concepts, and Monday’s meeting will structure how the two groups will work together.
Lucero said the Parks, Recreation, Open Space and Trails task force (PROST) would likely serve as the committee that would work with Design Concepts, with the possible addition of a younger member from the community.
Schulte previously said that three separate public forums will be held throughout the planning process, with one expected to be held in March, in April and in May.
As of press time, dates for those public forums had not been scheduled.
Schulte said the final iteration of the master plan is expected in June.
Design Concepts was chosen from of a field of five applicants to complete the master plan.
The firm is based out of Lafayette, Colo., but uses several local subcontractors, such as Reynolds and Associates, Davis Engineering, SME Environmental and GreenPlay LLC, Schulte said.
Additionally, Schulte indicated SME Environmental worked with the former developers of the parcel (Blue Sky Village), and completed a wetland analysis of the land, giving the firm beneficial background knowledge.
The cost of the master plan is $53,545 and will be paid from the county’s Conservation Trust Fund (state lottery proceeds afforded to the county) — the same source that provided funds for purchase of the parcel.