Finding a Shared Vision for Mountain Village
by Sally Vecchio, Director of Community Development, Mountain Village
Dec 23, 2008 | 958 views | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Mountain Village is embarking on its first comprehensive plan since the town was incorporated in 1995. The eventual goal of the Mountain Village Comprehensive Plan effort is to develop specific policies and actions that will guide growth and development in the town for the next 15 years. But before the town can develop policies and actions, it needs a vision statement which represents the collective values of the community and describes what Mountain Village wants to become in the future.

Mountain Village was developed in the early 1980s from a vision by long-time friends and developers Ron Allred and Jim Wells. Allred and Wells envisioned a community rich in recreational and service-oriented amenities and a European-inspired pedestrian village with high quality infrastructure and ambience. Since then, Mountain Village has evolved into a successful community for both year-round residents and second-homeowners and it continues to mature into a world-class destination resort for the entire Telluride Valley.

At the same time, the town is nearly 70 percent built-out and has reached an important crossroad in its growth and evolution. With limited land remaining for new development, the town can no longer rely on private development to dictate growth on a project-by-project basis. Instead, the town needs a strategic plan that integrates the land use needs of the community with the effects on affordable housing, transportation, economic development, and natural resources. Mayor Bob Delves recently expressed this sentiment to the Comprehensive Plan Task Force, instructing members that the plan’s policies must “connect the dots.”

The purpose of the Visioning Workshop is to invite the Mountain Village community to come together and generate ideas that will help create a shared vision for the town’s future. The results of this process will help define the goals and polices embodied in the Comprehensive Plan.

The Workshop has been set for Monday, Dec. 29 from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Telluride Conference Center. The workshop will provide an opportunity for residents, business owners and other stakeholders to express their vision for the town’s future. Using small group exercises and group discussions, participants will be asked to share their ideas on how Mountain Village should grow over the next 15 years and what issues need to be addressed in the planning process such as affordable housing, economic development, transportation, recreation, open space, and other community facilities. Ron Allred and Jim Wells, the primary visionaries of the Mountain Village resort, will be guest speakers, sharing their reflections and the vision that inspired them more than 25 years ago.

Mountain Village needs a comprehensive, long-term plan that has the support of the entire community – a realistic and well thought-out plan that expresses the core values and vision of community. It will require soul searching and some consensus on what we, as a community, want for ourselves and our children and grandchildren. If we want Mountain Village to continue to be a special place to live and work and visit, there will never be a better time to start than now.

For more information about the Comprehensive Plan and Visioning Workshop, visit

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