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Tuesday, March 25, 2014
Silverthorne Comprehensive Plan building community momentum, support
Courtesy of the Summit Daily News
The town of Silverthorne reported more than 100 people attended the Monday, March 3 public open house about its comprehensive plan update and received loads of participation during subsequent community meetings earlier this month.
Town officials are hoping the community’s interest continues to build momentum as they prepare to host their final community input event during a public workshop from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday, March 31 at the Silverthorne Pavilion, 400 Blue River Parkway.
During the workshop, residents will have the opportunity to provide feedback on detailed sketches that have been prepared for various parts of the town. Following a presentation, residents will break up into small groups to evaluate opportunities to enhance Silverthorne’s commercial areas, including downtown retail, gateway features, walkability and connections, and urban design.
“We hope that this final workshop is equally as successful as the other public outreach events,” said Silverthorne planner Lina Lesmes in a news release. “The public is invited to participate and dinner will be provided by Which Wich Superior Sandwiches.”
During the first public open house, town staff and Frisco-based SE Group consultants spoke individually with visitors about their observations and goals for Silverthorne. SE Group was hired by the town of Silverthorne to facilitate the public input process.
In addition to background boards, there were several hands-on activities community members participated in, including a visual preference exercise.
“The town of Silverthorne has many great opportunities to enhance its downtown and celebrate its unique resources,” said Melissa Sherburne, SE Group’s project manager, in the release. “The public open house, and other outreach events so far, revealed that the community is ready to see improved connections, vibrant commercial areas, and even more places to stay and play in Silverthorne.”
Following the open house, Silverthorne officials hosted four additional community planning chats at Red Buffalo Coffee, the Silverthorne Recreation Center and Our Lady of Peace Catholic Church where residents were able to provide more input about the future look and feel of town.
“Overwhelmingly, the desire for more restaurants and gathering places was the resounding message from all events so far,” said Silverthorne Community Development director Mark Leidal in the release. “In addition, we heard the public say that they want a downtown to have a unique yet consistent mountain-town feel, with a focus on the Blue River.”
More information about Silverthorne’s Comprehensive Plan Update process can be found online atwww.silverthorne.org. Residents unable to attend Monday’s final meeting can engage in the conversation by visiting www.engagesilverthorne.com.