Downtown Fraser goal setting workshop well attended
October 6, 2016
On Tuesday, Oct. 4 the Town of Fraser hosted a Strategic Plan goal-setting workshop with Community Builders and filled the Town Hall.
The first part of the meeting was interactive with residents looking at maps and discussing options with Community Builders staff at three Community Engagement Stations.
Clark Anderson, Executive Director of Community Builders started the data gathering part of the workshop by asking the Fraser residents what they want their downtown to be.
During the workshop they collected suggestions from the participants to help the town set goals for the coming year.
"This is a partnership between us and your community," he said. "What do you want to see, particularly within the project area: the core downtown Fraser?"
Tuesday night was about getting direction from the Fraser residents.
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Last year, the Town board budgeted for planning consultants so they could highlight a vision for the downtown Fraser area, said Town Planner, Catherine Trotter.
"We received information from Community Builders about a grant program, New Mobility West that helps communities in the Rocky Mountain West," she said.
The Town of Fraser didn't get that grant, but Jillian Sutherland from Community Builders called Trotter later and they discussed Colorado specific funding that could help the town.
"We were interested in that and they had the expertise to bring in a transportation consultant."
The Town had budgeted for the cost of consultants last year.
Community Vision and Goals
Community Builders' staff asked for input in four different areas. This is a partial list of responses from Fraser residents:
Greatest Opportunities / Assets:
Beauty, alpenglow, Fraser River, trails, real people/real community, Fraser feels like a neighborhood, history, RMNP, proximity to Denver, Nordic trails.
What are some of Fraser's needs:
Higher education, non-commercial radio station, auto parts store (retail needs), better paying jobs, affordable housing, broadband, sustainable economic development, affordable healthcare plans.
What are the type of places Fraser residents want:
Pedestrian-friendly, allow people to stop, create choices for mobility without cars, gathering spaces (indoors when it's cold).
What do we want to produce:
Events, "Fraser on the River".
On Oct. 19 and 20 the town will hold a two-day workshop with consultants who are land-use planners and architects. They will translate the ideas that came out of Tuesday's meeting and discuss options in detail.
"We are hoping to get ideas and deliverables [during the next meeting] since we have community buy-in, and then budget items for next year to make things happen," said Trotter.