A meaningful and effective comprehensive plan is a true reflection of the community’s voice, and this project approach has been powerful in achieving that in Nederland.
Situated in a high-elevation mountain valley 17 miles west of Boulder, Colorado, the Town of Nederland is charming community faced with a unique set of planning challenges, as it continues to experience growth in both population and as a destination.
Most people in Nederland believe strongly in environmental sustainability, yet there is divergence in perspectives on how the town should manage or direct growth in the future. In order to harness these vocal and well-informed perspectives, SE Group engaged community members to lead various group discussions around certain elements of the Comprehensive Plan. These leaders were termed “Plan Ambassadors” and served as liaisons to the greater Nederland community to ensure that the plan update addressed the full spectrum of ideas and goals they have for the future.
Sustainability in Planning
It is a plan that demonstrates leadership in how to incorporate sustainability throughout a planning document, not only by demonstrating how particular policies relate to sustainability, but also by incorporating ideas from the community and respecting the character of the place to help ensure utilization.