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Chaffee County Commissioners have scheduled a joint planning session with the Chaffee County Planning Commission at 4 p.m. July 17 in the commissioners meeting room to continue the input work for the revision of the Chaffee County Comprehensive Plan.

By statute, while commissioners provide direction and input, an direct fund allocation for updates to the Chaffee County Comprehensive Plan, it is the planning commission that actually develops and approves the plan. The county plans to hire an outside consultant to do the written draft of the plan.

While the county doesn’t yet have a cost estimate for revising the comp plan, Chaffee County is applying for a $100,000 Department of Local Affairs Tier I grant to help fund the effort, which would require a matching $100,000 county commitment. This is not to say that updating the comprehensive plan will actually cost $200,000, but the county faces an Aug. 1 deadline to apply for the DOLA grant and is attempting to make sure the county costs will be covered.

“These things can last 12-18 months, so the input process is so paramount, we don’t want to compromise that,” said Director of General Administration Bob Christiansen during the commissioners’ meeting the morning of July 17. “This is a placeholder prior to tonight’s discussion.”