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News Release

Larimer County: What's Your Rural Area Vision? in Berthoud

Department: Board of County Commissioners
Release Date: Nov 13, 2013

Contact Information:

CONTACT: Terry Gilbert, Community Development Director, (970) 305-1544
FROM: Deni La Rue, Community Information Manager, (970) 498-7150


The Larimer County Community Development Division’s Rural Team has rescheduled the Berthoud rural area outreach meeting. This meeting is part of the rural area outreach effort announced in August. Because of the flood events, some meetings were postponed. Berthoud was one of those meetings. At this time, it has been rescheduled for Saturday, November 16, 2014, at 10:30 a.m. at the Berthoud Community Library, 236 Welch Ave. in Berthoud. This outreach consists of two phases: Phase I - Gathering Information with a focus on community meetings and on-line input opportunities; and Phase II- Evaluation, consisting of follow-up reporting and identifying next steps.  
Seven community meetings have been held in various rural locations and include: Red Feather Lakes and Crystal Lakes, Livermore, Buckeye, Waverly, Wellington and Fort Collins. The foothills locations will be rescheduled in the spring/summer of 2014 as new locations for these areas are located. A complete list can be found on the website at A subscription service has been added to this site to inform subscribers of any updates to the webpage.
The big question concerns long term vision according to Larimer County Community Development Director Terry Gilbert, “The big picture question is ‘What’s your rural area vision and what needs to be improved or changed?’ We’re also trying to learn more about what residents want easy access to with regards to conveniences such as: groceries, gas stations, banking, and repair services. We also want to know what types of support service/businesses farmers and ranchers would like to see located closer to their operations and is there an ability co-locate these support service/businesses near or on their operations? Lastly, what do residents like or dislike about the services provided by the County?”
The staff-assisted meetings provide an opportunity for citizens to make comments and ask questions.
Citizens are encouraged to stop by to help direct their future and that of their rural area. Their thoughts will be captured and used for the Phase II Evaluation portion of the project. After that a second set of public meetings will be held to report the discoveries, findings, and identify next steps.  
The Team understands that different areas of the County may have different thoughts and desires and attending a meeting in their area would be helpful. However, citizens are welcome to attend any area meeting.                                                             
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