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The Chaffee County Transportation Advisory Board (TAB) is scheduled to meet from 10 to 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, May 9 at the Poncha Spring’s Town Hall. TAB is a volunteer board that exists “to provide advice and assistance on matters associated with transportation planning and implementation of transportation services” per the Chaffee County website.

There are three agenda items slated for discussion during Thursday’s meeting.

First, Commissioner Keith Baker, who represents Chaffee County in state and regional transportation meetings, will update the board on these meetings. State and regional meetings typically “discuss transportation funding opportunities, upcoming projects on CDOT’s list, and project updates. [Baker] provides information on those meetings to the TAB.” Wrote board member, Kate Garwood in an email to Ark Valley Voice.

The TAB will also discuss a new mapping application Chaffee County is developing to facilitate its Recreation in Balance program (RiB). Garwood requested that this item be added to the agenda for Thursday’s meeting.

“Recreation in Balance has hired a consultant to provide mapping that will be important to future planning for [many] things in the county and will impact some discussions about the upcoming comprehensive plan update,” wrote Garwood.

The map Garwood is referring to will, ultimately, be a database displaying wildlife habitat, migration routes, wetlands, calving areas and other sensitive wildlife locations.

RiB team members are developing the database and other tools to help monitor and protect natural areas amidst the county’s rapid growth.

Knowing where these locations are is critical to RiB’s goal and to processes throughout the county. Garwood recognizes the implications this has for future transportation projects.

“This is especially true of transportation corridors for future trails, future roads, the airports, transit, telecommunications [and more],” wrote Garwood.