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Posted on: March 22, 2023

Town of Telluride’s Community Vision and Action Plan Receives Merit Award

Town of Telluride's Community Vision and Action Plan Receives Merit Award

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Town of Telluride’s Community Vision and Action Plan Receives Merit Award

American Planning Association Small Town and Rural Division honors Telluride

(March 22, 2023) – Telluride, CO --- The Town of Telluride has been selected as a Merit award winner for the 2023 Vernon Deines Award from the American Planning Association (APA) for the Town’s Community Vision and Action Plan. The Vernon Dienes annual award is given to an outstanding comprehensive plan or special project plan that addresses the development of a neighborhood, community, county, or region.

The American Planning Association Awards for Excellence in Small Town and Rural Planning recognizes outstanding individuals and projects for their contribution to planning excellence specifically in small towns and rural communities.

The Community Vision and Action provides an aligned direction for the Town to move forward into the Comprehensive Planning process. The plan established a vision statement and core values and identified five principles of livability with goals to inform future planning for the Town of Telluride with staff, council, stakeholder, and community input.

“It’s an honor for the Community Vision and Action Plan to be recognized by the APA for a merit award,” said Phil Taylor, Senior Planner. “The Vision Plan was created by the community for the future of the community. It will serve as a guide in future planning efforts to remind us of what is most important to our residents. It’s an honor to be recognized and we look forward to helping this plan come to life.”

The Vision Plan was approved by Telluride Town Council on January 10, 2023 and can be found by visiting the Engage Telluride website at

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Communications Manager 
Lindsey Mills
Cell: (303) 319-6448

A former Victorian mining town in southwest Colorado’s San Juan Mountains, Telluride was incorporated in 1977 as a home-rule municipality. Set in a box canyon amid forested peaks at the base of the popular Telluride ski-and-golf resort, the town’s historic district houses landmarks like the Sheridan Opera House, a performing-arts venue originally built in 1913, and the Telluride Historical Museum, which showcases local history in a converted hospital built in 1896. For more information, please visit us online at

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