As Salidans, we love our community. We love the lifestyle, character, and sense of place that makes Salida Salida. This place is special. But our town is growing and changing. If we want to manage our growth and change in a way that preserves our character, creates more opportunity, and strengthens the community we love, we need to think ahead.

That’s what Future 50 is all about. 

As a community, we’re creating a forward-looking vision for Highway 50 / Rainbow Boulevard. This corridor is an important part of our city. It connects us to the rest of the region and state. It’s the gateway to our community, and home to many thriving local businesses. It’s a place that has its own distinct feel. It’s also the most likely area in Salida to accommodate growth and development over time. Future 50 is about shaping that change so we keep Salida great today, and ready ourselves for tomorrow.

Rainbow Boulevard is already changing. If we want to shape that growth as a community, the time to act is now.


What will Future 50 do? 

A project of the City of Salida, Future 50 will bring the community together to build a vision for the future of the Highway 50 corridor. We want to hear from you. What do you want the Highway 50 corridor to look like in the future? What's your vision for this part of our community?

By working together as a community, Future 50 is about empowering us - the community of Salida - to shape a great future for the Highway 50 corridor by building a shared vision and creating an action plan for shaping its future growth.

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Where did this project come from?

In September 2017, a group of local leaders from the City of Salida and Chaffee County went to Glenwood Springs to attend a team-based training put on by an organization called Community Builders. While looking at a map during the training, the group came to an eye-opening realization that Salida is going to see a continued pressure to grow in the future, and that Highway 50 is likely to be a focal point of that growth. On top of that, they realized that if the community wants to shape the future of the Highway 50 corridor, the time to act is now.

In the spring of 2018, the City of Salida reached out to Community Builders to apply for assistance in developing a community-driven vision and plan for this important corridor. Once the City's request was approved, Community Builders and the City worked together to build a process that puts the community in the driver's seat.

Today, Future 50 is directed by a Community Leadership Committee (CLC) made up of 30 leaders from across the Salida community. A Project Management Team (PMT) consisting of representatives from the City of Salida, Chaffee County, and community members is tasked with the day-to-day management of the project, with assistance from Community Builders. To learn more about project leadership, click here.


how does The Process Work?


Step 1) Create a Community Vision

The first step in this process is to work hands-on with community members across Salida to create a community vision that reflects how Salidans want the highway 50 corridor to look, feel, and function in the future. This vision will be built entirely from public input, which will be gathered and refined in the following ways:


Outreach-Based Engagement (July - Sept, 2018)
In order to build a process that is engaging and representative, Future 50 will use a variety of engagement methods from late July through September that focus on engaging Salidans in the places where they're already gathering. This includes pop-up tables at events, focus group meetings, comment boxes in local businesses, online and text message based engagement, and more. To learn more about upcoming events, click here.


Community Vision Workshop (TBD, Sept/Oct, 2018) 
After collecting community input though outreach-based engagement opportunities throughout the summer, Future 50 will host a Community Visioning Workshop in early fall. This Visioning workshop will give the community an additional opportunity to provide input, and allow the community to work together to vet a draft community vision for the corridor based on compiled input so far.


Step 2) Develop a plan

After building a community vision for the corridor, the next step is to develop a set of strategies, policies, and projects that work towards making the community's vision a reality.


Strategy Workshop (TBD, Oct, 2018)
After a community vision for the corridor is established, the Project Management Team (PMT) and Community Leadership Community (CLC) will work together to draft a list of ideas, strategies, projects, and policies that will work to make the community's vision a reality. These draft strategies will then be taken back to the community to be vetted through outreach-based engagement opportunities, such as pop-up tables at events, focus group meetings, comment boxes in local businesses, online and text message based engagement, and more.


Community Design Workshop (TBD, Oct, 2018)
At the multi-day Community Design Workshop, the community will have a chance to work directly with a mixed team of planners, designers, economists, and/or transportation consultants to detail and refine strategies and recommendations for achieving the community's vision. 

Community Vetting (TBD, Winter 2018/19)
The ideas developed at the Community Design Workshop will then be brought back to the community to be vetted, developed, and further refined via focus group meetings, pop-up events, or possibly additional workshops.


Action Plan (TBD, Winter 2018/19)
Strategies developed during the Strategy Workshop and Community Design Workshop will then be compiled into an action plan for making the community’s vision a reality.

Project Area

Future 50 is dedicated to creating a community vision for the Highway 50 corridor and surrounding area from Walmart to Oak Street. While there are no strictly defined boundaries for this vision, the map below outlines an approximate focus-area for the project.

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KEY PRinciples

The Future 50 engagement process is based on the following key principles:

An Inclusive Process. Public engagement is a vital aspect of this project. We strive to create a process that is inclusive, well-communicated, and transparent, with authentic and meaningful opportunities for the public to participate. Not everyone can (or likes to) participate in large public meeting and hearings. Engagement efforts will go well beyond the format of a typical public meetings, focusing on outreach efforts that bring a diverse mix of Salidans into the process, and reaching out to groups that have been left out in the past. To learn how you can get involved, click here.

Community Leadership. Developing a group of local leaders that can organize, educate, and build momentum in the community is crucial for creating a community vision and moving it forward. In order for this project to be successful, it is important to have local leaders from throughout the Salida community behind the wheel. To learn more about the Community Leadership Committee, click here.

Building Common Ground. A lot of things are important to our community, and we don't always agree all the time. This project will focus on listening to each other, building common ground, and working towards strategies and recommendations that strike a balance in our community.

Balancing Long-Term Vision and Actionable Goals. While the community visioning process typically focuses on developing a long-term vision for a community’s future, identifying quick-wins and developing goals that are achievable within the short-term are important for catalyzing change and maintaining community momentum. The process for this project will start by building a long-term vision, and gradually shift focus to more near-term goals that are actionable.

More questions? Head on over to the FAQ page or contact us for more info.