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Grand Lake looks to citizens for ‘livability’ input

Grand Lake is hoping for citizen input to determine how to prioritize what "livability" projects the town should pursue.

The Town of Grand Lake will be hosting an action-planning workshop on Wednesday, Dec. 3.

The workshop, titled "Increasing Livability in Grand Lake: Creating a Four Season Economy" is open to the public and is intended to determine community priorities in relation to proposed projects. It will be held from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the Grand Lake Elementary School, 301 Marina Dr. Lunch will be provided.

Town officials hope to identify action items the community would like prioritized. This prioritization will allow Grand Lake to begin searching for federal and private grants to fund completion of the proposed action items.

The workshop follows last year's Livability Assessment, made possible by a technical assistance grant from the Federal Lands Livability Initiative that Grand Lake received in 2013.

Throughout the spring and summer of 2013 the community planned a Livability Assessment, which was conducted in Sept. 2013.

The Livability Assessment produced a report titled "Gateway Community Livability Assessment & Recommendations Report – Grand Lake, Colorado". The full report is available for reading on the Town of Grand Lake's web site by searching "livability assessment," or at http://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/108/grand_lake_rmnp_livabiliity_assessment.pdf

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The report contains a number of recommendations the community could employ in an effort to improve livability in the area. These action items include such things as: infrastructure repairs and improvements on the North Fork Bridge, upgrades to equestrian paths and bikeways, encourage affordable in-fill housing, developing affordable housing design standards, explore possibilities in eco-tourism and volunteer vacations and explore opportunities for collaboration with Rocky Mountain National Park.

The recommendations are divided into four main "Livability principles" relating to the topics of transportation, housing, economic competitiveness and expanding existing community support.

From these four principles Grand Lake has created four main categories for dividing the proposed action items: Transportation, Creatives, Outdoor Education, and Building Partnerships. Each category has a number of possible action items the town could prioritize.

"We want to enhance the programs and policies we already have. But it is safe to say there will likely be some new things, which we will be starting at square one," said Grand Lake Town Manager David Hook.

Town officials hope to receive input from residents, business owners, home owners, second home owners and even visitors just passing through.

"The community input will guide us in setting priorities, while still focusing on the overarching goal of improving our four season economy," said Hook.

Grand Lake Mayor Judy Burke said, "We are excited to see the results of that committee and we are looking forward to the outcome of the meeting."

Grand Lake is one of only a few communities in the nation chosen for the Federal Lands Livability Initiative.

According to the report the chosen communities are "gateway communities".

They were chosen for the project because they are directly adjacent to or near public lands managed by a federal agency, already have an existing partnership with entities administering the public lands and the community already demonstrates a level of readiness to engage in the initiative.

The national "gateway communities" are: Sweet Home, Ore; Grand Lake; Saginaw, Mich.; Calhoun Falls, S.C.

You can register for the no-cost workshop at http://www.townofgrandlake.com or by calling the Grand Lake Town Hall at 970-627-3435 or by e-mailing town@townofgrandlake.co. Registration deadline is Friday, Nov. 21.

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