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Longmont City Council Reviews Goals of Main Street Corridor Planing Project

January 30, 2019
Lucy Lake-Larsen, left, and Karen Thompson, shop along Main Street in Longmont on Tuesday.

Main Street Corridor

For more information about the Main Street Corridor planning project, visit tinyurl.com/y9cgcuqz .

Longmont City Council members on Tuesday got a chance to take a look at and comment on a project studying and potentially planning the future of the Main Street Corridor.

Councilman Tim Waters questioned who developed the study’s goals.

“I think they need work,” Waters said.

Councilwoman Polly Christensen, however, said she liked the study’s stated goals.

Christensen said the areas that need attention are north Main and south Main.

At issue were the goals of, and the process being pursued, in an already-underway planning project that could suggest guidelines for the development and redevelopment of segments of Main Street from Plateau Road on the south to Colo. 66 on the north.

“We wanted to make sure that the goals are reflective of your work plan,” principal planner Erin Fosdick told council.

“We’ve all seen this at least once,” Mayor Brian Bagley said before Fosdick began her presentation, and “some of us have seen it twice or more.”

While council members had suggestions about what they would like to studied during development of the plan, they took no formal vote on revising the project’s goals or the planning process.

Staff scheduled the corridor planning project discussion to get council direction about whether to change or add to the project’s goals, and to have the council indicate whether the project’s previous goals aligned with the council’s overall “work plan” that has detailed issues for priority city attention this year.

City officials have said the Main Street Corridor Plan is a 12-month planning effort. It began in late summer 2018 and is scheduled to conclude late this summer.

“The public will be invited to participate in community open houses throughout the process, and the project team will also attend a variety of community events to seek additional plan input,” officials state on the corridor plan’s website.

About nearly 90 people attended one such community meeting on Nov. 7, officials reported, and nearly 700 people responded last year to an initial public opinion survey about the corridor.

City staff said as many as two additional community meetings are expected in the next few months, and additional surveys are anticipated before the project is completed.

No one showed up to speak about the Main Street Corridor planning project during the public comment period in Tuesday night’s meeting.

Contact Staff Writer John Fryar at 303-684-5211 or jfryar@times-call.com or twitter.com/jfryartc

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