Open Lands Master Plan
The Larimer County Natural Resources Department is currently seeking public comment on the draft update of the Open Lands Master Plan
. The public comment period lasts through Friday, November 21. To view the draft plan and provide feedback, visit: http://larimer.org/olmasterplan/
This planning process began in 2012 with a partnership between Larimer County and all of the municipalities within to complete a regional study of land conservation, outdoor recreation, and natural resources stewardship. The study, titled Our Lands – Our Future, examined citizen preferences for conservation and recreation, analyzed the economic benefits of open space in Larimer County, and developed an online interactive mapping tool. After the completion of Our Lands – Our Future in 2013, Larimer County embarked on its own effort to update the 2001 Open Lands Master Plan.
This more recent process has collected additional public input in order to outline the specific role that Larimer County plays in land conservation, outdoor recreation, and local agriculture. The available draft is a culmination of both efforts and the County is seeking public review once again.
After final public input has been received, the plan will be refined and presented for adoption to the Board of County Commissioners in early 2015. Once complete the updated Master Plan will help guide the Larimer County Open Lands program for the next 5-10 years.