Did you know that a Master Plan, sometimes called a Comprehensive Plan, is the guiding document for the Town’s future?  The Town of Ridgway is currently updating its Master Plan. 

Thank you to so many of you for your responses to the community surveys and your participation in the two community gatherings that were held.  You are shaping Ridgway's future! 

Adoption Process
The draft Master Plan was approved by the Town Planning Commission on April 30th, 2019.  Town Council discussed the Master Plan at its May 8th meeting and agreed to hold two public hearings, scheduled for the next Planning Commission meeting - May 28th - and the next Town Council meeting - June 12th. Please attend these hearings to share your input.  
The current adoption draft of the Master Plan and its draft Appendices can be found in the Master Planning Process Documents section below.
The Third Survey on the Draft Master Plan has closed.  Thank you for your feedback!

Master Planning Process Documents

Adoption Draft Appendices:
Master Planning Event Flyer - Sept. 27, 2018

What is a Master Plan?

A Master Plan is a community’s primary long-term planning document, defining the community’s big picture vision for the future and presenting a road map for achieving that vision. The Town of Ridgway’s Master Plan will be developed by engaging citizens, stakeholders, Town leaders and staff to provide input on a broad spectrum of existing conditions, community issues, and expected future trends. Once a shared vision and goals for the community are established, the community will move towards developing policies to ensure day-to-day actions and decision-making support the vision and goals of the Master Plan. The goals will also be supported by a set of feasible actions that can be readily implemented by staff, Town leaders, and community organizations. 

What Topics are Addressed in the Master Plan?

Topics addressed in Ridgway's updated Master Plan will include:

Future growth and development
• Housing
​• Economic vitality
• Environmental stewardship
• Community services, infrastructure, and facilities
• Sustainability and resilience
• Arts and culture
• Parks and Recreation
• And more!

Isn’t the Town Already Addressing That?

The Town of Ridgway is engaged in a number of ongoing efforts that address these topics (such as promoting accessory dwelling units and the Ridgway Creative District). Instead of replacing these efforts, the Master Plan represents an opportunity to understand how these ongoing efforts relate to one another.  It will also guide the Town in moving forward in a comprehensive, cross-cutting manner to effectively and efficiently achieve the community's vision for its future.

To see current and past Master Plan documents, click here and go to the Master Plan Documents section.

Past Master Planning Meetings

Community Gathering, September 27, 2018 - Summary

On Thursday, September 27, more than 100 people met at the 4-H Event Center to talk about Ridgway’s future at an event entitled "Creating Our Future: A Hands-On Gathering to Envision Our Community's Future While Respecting Its Past." To read about the event, click here. If you attended the event, you'll find information from all the groups' discussions, and if you didn't attend, there is plenty to inform you about that event.

Master Planning Community Meeting to Review Draft Master Plan - February 27, 2019

About 100 people attended this community meeting to give input on aspects of the draft Master Plan.  The draft Master Plan can be found under Master Planning Documents.  Feedback has been incorporated.

Master Planning Meeting about Housing - February 28, 2019

About 30 attendees conversed with Heidi Aggeler, one of the Master Planning consultants with professional expertise in affordable housing strategies, in follow-up to the Master Planning Community meeting the previous evening. Feedback has been incorporated.


For further information about Ridgway's Master Planning process, contact Shay Coburn, Town Planner, at scoburn@town.ridgway.co.us, or Diedra Silbert, Community Initiatives Facilitator, at dsilbert@town.ridgway.co.us.