Oak Creek residents asked for input on comprehensive plan update
If you go
What: Comprehensive plan revision meeting
When: 6 p.m., Wednesday
Where: Oak Creek Town Hall
Steamboat Springs — South Routt County community members interested in having their voices heard and making an impact on Oak Creek’s comprehensive plan revision will have their chance Wednesday night.
The Town of Oak Creek is holding a kick-off meeting at the Town Hall offices as Oak Creek officials continue to work on revisiting and revising the plan that outlines the community’s history and vision for the future. The kick-off meeting begins at 6 p.m.
The current Oak Creek comprehensive plan covers four different chapters regarding the town’s environmental resources, its economy, land use and community character. It also addresses transportation, infrastructure, housing, human services and recreation.
“This meeting is about having the discussion about all of the different things it impacts that have occurred over the last five years,” Town Administrator Mary Alice Page-Allen said. “It’s really about having a community discussion on those things and then taking that information back to look through the lens of the current community plan.”
Page-Allen said the town’s policy is to revisit the comprehensive plan every five years. The current document was adopted in 2010 after more than two years of revision. Page-Allen said the 2010 document marked the first time Oak Creek had revisited the plan since the mid-1990s.
The Oak Creek Town Board and the Planning Commission have both spent considerable time in recent months discussing the specifics of the document. Page-Allen said town officials have been on a six-to-eight-month timeline for revision.
“There are things now that have been changed, completed or didn’t even apply anymore (to the 2010 plan),” Page-Allen said. “The town has gone through quite a substantial period of time.”
The town administrator spoke to the legalization of recreational marijuana and the vast impact it has already taken in Oak Creek over the past 16 months. Marijuana is not addressed at all in 45-page 2010 comprehensive plan. Page-Allen also said with the economy showing signs of rebounding and the housing market picking up, it is critical that the community have a presence in the new comprehensive plan’s adoption to ensure it’s up to speed.
“A couple years ago, the town board went through all the policies and action items in that 2010 comprehensive plan, and it was pretty evident that it was going to need to be updated in short order,” Page-Allen said.
Town officials are also encouraging residents to complete Oak Creek’s online community survey, which can be found at townofoakcreek.com.
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