Town of Fraser surveys residents in preparation for master plan revision |

Town of Fraser surveys residents in preparation for master plan revision

Tonya Bina
Grand County, Colorado

Care for the future of the Fraser Valley’s beloved “Icebox?”

Citizens of the Icebox are getting the chance to make their voices heard.

Fraser, Colorado, residents are receiving surveys along with quarterly utility bills as part of the town’s effort to update its master plan.

The master plan, also called the comprehensive plan, provides a vision for how elected officials should set policy in the future.

The best master plans are formed with an abundance of public input.

Fraser’s last master plan update was completed in 2003 and a copy of it can be accessed on the town’s link ” then click on “Comprehensive Plan.”

“We’re in pretty good shape,” said Town Planner Catherine Trotter. “I don’t think the plan is too out-of-date. But it’s good to review it every five years.”

Rather than having outside consultants gather public opinion for the plan update, the town of Fraser has decided to do most of it in-house, Trotter said.

The survey is the first outreach to Fraser residents in an effort to glean public opinion concerning the town’s direction, such as a possible merger with Winter Park, future trails, development and open space, housing and other town priorities.

One open-ended question in the 17-question survey asks what citizens would like to see changed in Fraser.

Some elements of the existing master plan did not get implemented during the last five years, Trotter said. Therefore, the planning commission is looking for direction from its citizens about what the town’s focus should be as well as answers about whether some of the current plan direction is still what the public wants, she said.

The planner said the town recognizes the inherent problems with sending out surveys with utility bills and is making an effort to get surveys out to tenants of large rental properties, such as Fox Run and Wapiti Meadows.

Those who fill out the surveys should be residents of Fraser, Trotter said.

The survey is also available online at Surveys are to be returned to the town by Jan. 31.

Citizens can expect more opportunities for sharing opinion during public master-plan public workshops, starting in February.

“The more input the better,” Trotter said. “We’re hoping people get involved.”

” Tonya Bina can be reached at 887-3334 ext. 19603 or e-mail

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