Community Planning


Town of Ridgway Land Use Plan

SE Group worked with the the Town of Ridgway to complete the Land Use Plan 2011 Update. Ridgway is located in southwestern Colorado and is an important year-round tourism destination, with Telluride, Mountain Village, and Ouray in close proximity. Additionally, it has a rich Western heritage that is rooted in agriculture and mining. The land use issues that Ridgway faces are reflective of those roles, as residents want a vibrant economy that reinforces its small town character, quality of life, and the natural environment.

The Land Use Plan involved a creative and engaging public process that was facilitated by SE Group, but driven by the community. Stakeholder interviews, three public workshops (including one charette), and a Citizen Task Force carried the plan forward continuously within a compact timeline, and ensured that the plan is a true reflection of the community’s vision for the future.

Project Highlights

Illustrative Concepts and Forward-Thinking Policies

  • The Land Use Master Plan was based on community engagement at a variety of levels, including citizen-led focus groups, which led to continuous forward momentum and smooth adoption.
  • Land Use Plan Policies are grounded in environmental, social and economic sustainability.
  • The Plan received a Merit Award for Outstanding Project in 2012 by the Colorado Chapter of the American Planning Association.

SE Group harnessed the energy, creativity and independent spirit of our community to develop a Land Use Plan that suits the individuals who live and work here. I'm confident we now have a Plan that will serve the Ridgway community well into the future.

Jen Coates, Town Manager Town of Ridgway