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Envision 2030

In 2010, the Town of Nederland adopted Vision 2020, a planning document where through community feedback, Nederland identified goals for the Town of accomplish over a decade (2010 – 2020). As we head into the next decade, the Town is seeking to develop the Vision 2030 Action Plan. We encourage you to visit this site frequently for updated information on the Envision 2030 process.

In Nederland, our greatest assets are our residents – the diverse people who live, work, play and contribute to all aspects of our unique mountain community.

Nederland is a complete community guided by a shared vision reflecting community values and priorities. It is a place where our children thrive and people connect; neighbors know and care for one another, and community members are proud of their town, their deep and rich history, and a quality of life that is both deliberate and second to none.

Our community proudly maintains its small-town feel and distinct identity – a small is beautiful, less is more approach. While our town has grown, we have remained true to our origins while internalizing a model of sustainability in which a healthy society comes from a healthy economy and a healthy environment is essential for both.

Vision 2030

Below, you will find each of the 2030 Vision Statements that were carefully crafted by our Envision 2030 Subcommittees. These vision statements were approved by the Board of Trustees during their August 3rd meeting.

Arts, Culture & Education: In 2030, Nederland celebrates our community’s creativity and natural and cultural resources while empowering lifelong learning and engaging the community in opportunities throughout Town.

Community Engagement: In 2030, Nederland is a community that fosters trust, encourages participation, and creates a safe environment for open and civil debate; where all residents feel their opinions are welcome and respected by the Town of Nederland government bodies who actively seek residents’ opinions through various outreach modalities, and all are motivated to take personal responsibility.

Economic Development: In 2030, Nederland thrives in a healthy, diversified, localized, and sustainable economy that prioritizes the needs of its residents. Our economy reflects a unique community identity that benefits from visitors participating in low-impact recreation; arts and entertainment; and attractive retail, hospitality and lodging, while protecting and respecting our irreplaceable natural setting.

Environmental Sustainability: In 2030, Nederland is a model community for environmental sustainability. Our community is knowledgeable about how our everyday decisions impact the earth. We take action to reduce climate change and mitigate its impacts. We are dedicated to conserve, protect and restore our environment to foster a sustainable future that leads to social and economic improvements in our community.

Health, Human & Social Services: In 2030, Nederland and the Peak-to-Peak community residents have accessible and affordable healthcare and human services.

Housing: In 2030, Nederland’s diverse housing serves the needs of the local population in a stable and livable community while maintaining its unique, small town identity. Low income, alternative, and affordable housing choices are available for our local workforce, seniors, and others, including young families. A thriving downtown includes lodging, workforce, and other housing options that are accessible. Housing builds and rebuilds follow sustainable, environmentally conscious, and fire-wise building and development practices.

Municipal Government: In 2030, Nederland’s government effectively provides representative, transparent, forward-thinking leadership and administration through dedication, creativity and responsiveness to the needs and goals of the overall community.

Parks, Recreation & Open Space: In 2030, Nederland residents and visitors enjoy well-maintained, accessible and ecologically sustainable parks, open space and trails with recreational and cultural services and facilities that protect and enhance the unique mountain ecosystem of which we are a part.

Envision 2030 Subcommittees

Arts, Culture & Education

  • Mary Jarril (Chair)
  • Deb D’Andrea
  • Dawn Baumhover

Community Engagement

  • Deb D’Andrea (Chair)
  • Mary Jarril
  • Kristopher Larsen

Environmental Sustainability

  • Karen Blakemore (Chair)
  • Jill Dreves
  • Billy Giblin
  • Tom Mahowald

Health, Human & Social Services

  • Ari Goodman (Chair)
  • Tom Mahowald
  • Atashnaa Medicineshield Werner

Housing – Friday’s @ 5pm

  • Mary Jarril (Chair)
  • Kayla Evans
  • Ron Mitchell
  • Atashnaa Medicineshield Werner

Municipal Government & Economic Development

  • Tom Mahowald (Chair)
  • Kristopher Larsen
  • Ron Mitchell
  • Lee Stadele

Parks, Recreation & Open Space

  • Jill Dreves (Chair)
  • Karen Blakemore
  • Mary Jarril

Envision 2030 Committee

In January 2021, Town established an Envision 2030 Advisory Committee that will help to develop the vision, values, guiding principles, major goals and specific objectives for the Vision 2030 action plan.

Committee Members include:

  • Boards & Commissions:
    • Mayor Kristopher Larsen (Board of Trustees)
    • Tom Mahowald (Board of Zoning Adjustment)
    • Ron Mitchell (Nederland Downtown Development Authority)
    • Atashnaa Medicineshield Werner (Parks, Recreation, Open Space Advisory Board)
    • Karen Blakemore (Planning Commission)
  • External Agencies:
    • Jill Dreves (Wild Bear Nature Center)
    • Ari Goodman (Center for People with Disabilities)
  • Community Members:
    • Deb DAndrea
    • Clara Draper
    • Kayla Evans
    • May Jarril
    • Lee Stadele
    • Billy Giblin

Meetings will be facilitated by Town staff and will occur bi-weekly through WebEx. Committee members will be assigned tasks to complete outside of the regular meetings, therefore the time commitment for being on the committee is approximately 2-4 hours per week.

Envision 2030 SWOT Responses

Interested to see how the community responded to the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats analysis? Click here!

Envision 2030 Committee Google Drive

Want to see what the Envision 2030 Advisory Committee is working on? Click here!