Putting Communities First by Understanding Our Many Different Needs

Putting Communities First by Understanding Our Many Different Needs 11 Apr, 2016

Our Communities

There are many communities in Larimer County, large and small. Each of these communities has their own set of individual needs. Large communities like Ft. Collins have a stronger government presence, while often the smaller communities rely more on our county services. We have different school districts, different water providers, our famous Rocky Mountain National Park, our highly acclaimed Colorado State University, cutting edge agriculture, and certainly differing lifestyles between our farming and ranching, their rural neighbors and city residents.

Future Planning

Planning for the future of Larimer County has to be coordinated with every other community. We are all interconnected. The Growth Management Areas of each community have to be in harmony with rural Larimer County. Land wars and competition with nearby communities should be avoided if possible. Other areas of the Front Range have had success in sharing and finding the best possible locations for retail developments. The key is transparency, working together, and finding solutions for the common good.

Communication and Values

Communication with each of these communities, as well as their residents, is the key for Larimer County to provide the best services possible. Having a good, friendly relationship with the leaders in every community is a must. Colorado State University is a gem in our county, and we must always work collaboratively with its leadership. Our school districts also employ many people in Larimer County, and good relations with those boards of education can assist children so they may have the best start for a great future. We must not only learn the needs and wishes of our communities, but how we may best assist them in reaching their goals and long-range plans.

We have shared values in Larimer County, as well as the rest of the nation. We all want safe neighborhoods, good schools, fresh air and clean water, and the right to live life the way we choose. That is much of what has attracted many people to our “wild west,” the freedoms that come with living here!

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