Open Space Planning Process

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Eagle County Open Space and Natural Resources is undergoing a planning process to develop the program's first Open Space Plan. The Plan will summarize the existing Eagle County Open Space program, consider current and future challenges, define a vision for the next ten years + of land acquisition, protection and management, and outline a suite of tools and decision-making strategies for Eagle County for the creation of a desired vision of the future for protection and management of open space in Eagle County.  Additionally, the core of the plan will act as the foundation for the Eagle County Open Space and Natural Resource Department’s future strategy and policy for the acquisition, restoration, long-term stewardship, and capital project prioritization.

The purpose of the Open Space Plan is to ensure a long-term vision for the County’s Open Space and the Open Space Fund. As human pressures increase, more stress is placed on open spaces and the benefits they provide. The stakes are higher now, and things like real estate transactions are more complex, creating the need for thoughtful and strategic conservation of open spaces. The Open Space Plan is an opportunity to think consciously about the long-term vision of open space in Eagle County. Public involvement is critical to this process and there will be ample opportunities for the public to help determine that long-term vision.

The project kickoff meeting is scheduled to take place at the end of August. Public engagement will be iterative, and generally take place from 10/23-10/24. Details on how to participate in the process will be posted to Eagle County Open Space’s webpage. The final plan is intended to be delivered by year end 2024. For more information, please contact Peter Suneson, Open Space Manager, 970-328-8637. 

Open Space Plan RFP Notice of Selection
Open Space Plan RFP

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