By Marshall Dunham
Public comment is currently being accepted through Nov. 13 on the draft of Archuleta County’s Community Development Action Plan (CDAP).
The CDAP is a document consisting of a variety of projects to be started or completed in the next two years.
According to a press release from the Region 9 Economic Development District of Southwest Colorado, projects listed on the CDAP “are reviewed and prioritized by community groups, governments, citizens and stakeholders and then confirmed or revised by the appropriate county board of commissioners.”
Categories for the CDAP include public infrastructure, public services, economic development and housing.
The press release also also points out that it is oftentimes required for a project to appear on an approved CDAP in order to receive funding from federal or state sources.
The CDAP lists a project, its priority status, its primary partners, its funding resources, its estimated cost, the amount and type of jobs to be created by the project and the predicted impacts and outcomes the project will have.
Some of the projects with high- priority status include reconditioning the first 3 miles of Piedra Road, addressing beetle kill and wildfire risks, and creating more slots for early child care, education and day care.
Note that these are only three high priority projects on the list. The CDAP draft consists of 31 projects of differing priority statuses.