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This is a general summary of topics discussed at the meeting and not verbatim or official, recorded minutes.

As it looks to the future of this fast-growing region, Larimer County government is in the process of developing the next 5-year Strategic plan. Gathering feedback from citizens is one of the first steps in setting specific and measurable goals. Michelle Bird, Larimer County’s Public Affairs Manager, has coordinated efforts with a consulting firm to reach out to the community in the form of a county-wide survey. She shares the results of the 2018 Citizen Survey at the commissioners’ Citizen Meetings in August and September (see below for remaining dates).

Bird discussed the parameters of the survey and challenges to reaching every demographic. Larimer County’s population is roughly 350,000. There were 3,682 respondents to the survey. Among those who responded, 74% reported being familiar with county government.

Quality of life scored high and citizens are happy with their parks and open spaces, landfill and the Ranch Events Center. At the bottom of the satisfaction results were land use planning, building inspection and zoning enforcement (outside of city limits) as well as “meeting transportation needs.” However, nothing scored lower than 50% for those with a good understanding of county services.

The highest priorities for citizens in future planning is “More regional planning to manage growth” and “Enhancing mental-health services.” Currently, there is an initiative on the 2018 ballot to address Mental Health Matters.

When it comes to what citizens are willing to pay more taxes for, correctional programs such as alternatives to jail were favored, while expanding the jail itself and courtroom facilities scored very low.

Commissioner Donnelly explained that the Citizen Survey is an important tool to help set budgeting priorities in the strategic planning process. This summary only highlights a few of the areas explored in the survey. Discover more extensive details on the web page:

For More Info

Michelle Bird, Public Affairs Manager: 970-498-7015,

Upcoming Citizen Meetings discussing the Citizen Survey:

  • Wednesday, September 19, 8am at Group Publishing, 1515 Cascade Ave, Loveland
  • Thursday, September 27, 7:30am at Dazbog Coffee, 401 Mason Court, Fort Collins (downstairs)
  • Thursday, September 27, 12pm at Red Feather Lakes Library, 71 Fire House Lane

About Citizen Meetings

Your County Commissioners host community meetings with citizens throughout the county each month. These regularly-scheduled meetings are an opportunity for people to come and hear about the latest news from local government and share their ideas and concerns with each commissioner in an informal setting.

To learn more about Citizen Meetings and join the mailing list, visit:

Featured Topics for September

Updates from the Larimer County Clerk and Recorder, Angela Myers and results of the Larimer County Citizen Survey with Public Affairs Manager, Michelle Bird.

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Thursday, September 13, 2018 - 9:30am
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Alisha Jeffers, Department Specialist II

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