A VISION STATEMENT FOR OURAY
OURAY COMMUNITY PLAN
A VISION STATEMENT FOR
Ouray is a family-oriented city with
a strong sense of community and pride in its history. It enjoys a
high quality environment, natural beauty and resources, historic
character, social diversity and active community involvement. Its
residents want to ensure that these unique attributes not be
jeopardized, and that development and growth occur in a manner that
protects and preserves Ourayâ€™s assets.
Ourayâ€™s residents recognize the
need for a balanced and diverse economy. They want to maintain the
current qualities that make Ouray a desirable place to live, work,
play, and raise a family, while enhancing its public facilities and
The citizens of Ouray wish to
provide for orderly and managed growth with respect for the capacity
and quality of the natural environment, to improve and expand
community functions and services, and to protect and enhance the
historic character and the quality of life in Ouray.
AN OVERVIEW OF THE
The Ouray Community Plan is a
comprehensive, long-range guide for the future development of Ouray.
The plan provides a basic framework of goals, objectives and policies
to guide public and private investments. It will help elected
officials and private entities make decisions that are consistent
with the communityâ€™s goals for the future. The plan will help
preserve the character of the community, and it will provide some
certainty or predictability for those who live, work, visit or invest
The Planning Process
The planning process for the
original plan began in early 1992 with the collection of data about
existing conditions in Ouray. In June, questionnaires were
distributed and two town meetings were held to document residentsâ€™
needs, concerns and aspirations for the future. The data was
analyzed, opportunities and constraints were identified, and a first
draft of goals, objectives, policies and actions was developed.
During the winter of 1992-93, three town meetings were held to
discuss the proposed goals and policies. Community volunteers led
discussion groups and recorded comments at the town meetings, and
later helped edit the proposed plan. A public hearing was held in
July 1993 for comment on the proposed plan. Following the hearing,
the plan was revised and a final draft was prepared. The last phase
of the process was implementation of recommended actions, which
occurred after adoption of the plan by the City.
In 1995, major revisions to the
Cityâ€™s land use regulations were adopted with the passage of the
Ouray Land Use Code. These new regulations were promulgated in an
effort to implement recommendations made in the Community Plan.
Nearly ten years after the 1993 Plan
was adopted, the process of updating it began. Evaluating the need
for an update was prioritized in the City Councilâ€™s Work Plan for
2003 and the Ouray Planning Commission was given the lead role in
this process. The project was first formally discussed at Planning
Commissionâ€™s April meeting. This was the first of eleven
consecutive public meetings at which the update was discussed during
2003 and early 2004. Notices of all meetings were published and the
Ouray County Plaindealer gave extensive and prominent news coverage
to the update process.
To facilitate the process, review of
the 1993 Plan occurred one section at a time, with a different
Planning Commission Member taking the lead for each section. Review
of the final section was completed in December and a final draft of
the update presented at the Planning Commissionâ€™s February 2004
Early on in the update process, the
consensus of Commission members was that the original plan was
fundamentally sound, but certain statistics and data required
updating. Also, recommendations that had been implemented since the
planâ€™s adoption needed to be documented. Aside from these
additions, the updated plan embodies most if not all of the values
expressed in the original plan, which demonstrates remarkable
consistency in community values over the past 10 years.
The plan is comprehensive; it
provides for a coordinated approach to problem solving by looking at
environment, economics, population, culture, land use and community
services and facilities simultaneously.
Adoption and Revision
The plan should be adopted by the
Planning Commission by resolution, and it should be continuously used
by the Planning Commission and City Council to carry out the stated
goals of the community. The plan is advisory only, and adoption does
not commit the City to any specific program or legislation. Community
priorities will, as always, be determined by the willingness and
ability to pay for facilities and services.
Goals are enduring and seldom change
over time, but policies should be updated every five years or sooner,
if necessary. Amendments to the plan must consider community-wide
goals and objectives and should be accomplished with broad public
How to Use the Plan
The plan should be used to update
zoning and subdivision regulations and performance standards. The
Planning Commission should use it to evaluate individual development
proposals for conformance with community goals. Elected officials and
City staff should use the plan to guide sound public investments in
community services and facilities. The plan should be used to assist
other jurisdictions in the vicinity in understanding Ourayâ€™s goals,
and to promote cooperation among local governments. The plan should
be made available to private developers, landowners and residents to
help voluntarily guide proposals in a way that will bring Ouray
closer to its goals for the future.
Planning is a continuing process.
The Ouray Community Plan should be consulted frequently in
decision-making, and it should be made widely available to promote
public knowledge of and support for the goals of the community. It
should be reviewed every five years to determine whether an update is
necessary and used continuously to promote sound planning for the
future of Ouray.
Ouray is uniquely situated in a
mountain setting, which features dramatic views, clean air and water,
proximity and easy access to public lands, geothermal springs, and
abundant wildlife. These amenities have been major factors in making
Ouray a desirable place to live. Ouray lies within the narrow valley
of the Uncompahgre River with undeveloped mountainsides and cliffs
rising abruptly on the east and west sides of town. Within the City
limits, higher lands on the townâ€™s eastern and western edges were
platted for development as part of the original townsite. The steep
terrain creates a potential for natural hazards that include floods,
rockfalls and debris flows. Soils in town are generally alluvial
deposits from rivers and streams, except east of 6th
Street where unconsolidated glacial drift forms the hillside. Natural
vegetation and native forests of scrub oak, spruce and fir grow
undisturbed down the hillsides, gradually giving way to the human
landscape of the town. Most of the lands immediately outside the city
limits and surrounding Ouray are privately owned mining claims or
publicly owned lands managed by the U.S. Forest Service.
Important issues and concerns stated
by residents during the public comment period for the 1993 plan
included protection of overall environmental and visual quality,
protection of air and water quality, noise and dust control,
protection of geothermal water resources, and protection of back
country public lands and trails. Protection of the natural setting
and open spaces that surround Ouray is very important to residents.
Many residents expressed concern that environmental quality may be
affected by future increases in population, development, industry and
Air quality is most affected by dust
from unpaved roads during dry periods and by sanding operations on
Main Street during winter months. Magnesium chloride is applied to
unpaved streets during the summer months to control dust.
According to the EPA and C-DOT,
magnesium chloride has no adverse environmental or health effects and
is acceptable for use in dust abatement. Fine dust, designated PM-10
(particulate matter less than 10 microns in diameter), from unpaved
streets, winter road sanding and wood burning, has been shown to
aggravate or provoke respiratory illnesses. A National Ambient Air
Quality Standard has been established by the EPA for allowable levels
of PM-10, but Ourayâ€™s air has never been sampled.
Tests conducted by the State
Department of Health in towns similar to Ouray have shown that
unpaved roads and sanding operations generate 90% of the harmful
particulates in the air. Fireplaces, open burning, wood and coal
burning stoves, restaurant exhausts and vehicle emissions account for
the remainder of the harmful particulates. During the Plan update
period, public comment continued to indicate that dust control and
protection of air quality should be a high priority.
Radon, a radioactive gas produced by
the natural decay of uranium and other elements in the soil, has been
detected in some buildings in Ouray. Exposure to an elevated level of
radon for a long time has been shown to increase the risk of
developing lung cancer.
Ouray has limited performance
standards to regulate impacts from industries in the C-2 zone. Zoning
Ordinance 7-2-F.6 permits industrial or manufacturing operations
â€œâ€¦from which no excessive volume of sound or vibrations is
generated, or from which no dust, smoke, fumes, gas, noxious odors or
other atmospheric effluent is disseminatedï¿½ï¿½�.
Domestic water is supplied from
Weehawken Spring. The City also owns additional surface water rights
in both Weehawken and Oak Creeks. The recharge zone for the aquifer
is not identified but appears to be at higher elevations in
undeveloped lands. There is no immediate threat to water quality, but
potential threats might include mining operations or other
development activities in the recharge zone. Regular testing has
shown Ourayâ€™s water to be free of microbiological and inorganic
contaminates. Additional information on Ourayâ€™s water system can be
found in the Community Services and Facilities section of the
The Uncompahgre River water quality
has been reduced by the effects of earlier mining operations in the
Red Mountain district; sedimentation, high acidity, dissolved metals
and reduction of aquatic life are current problems. Remedial actions
undertaken in 1993 on Idarado Mine properties involved stabilizing
and revegetating mine tailings, rerouting water courses around mine
dumps and in some cases sealing off old portals. These activities
have begun to improve river water quality.
The natural geothermal water system
consists of hot water moving continuously through aquifers in
limestone and in the alluvial river valley. The recharge area is not
known but may be in limestone outcroppings at higher elevations in
the mountains east of Ouray. According to Colorado Geological Survey
report 90-3, the quantity and temperature of the water in the system
should remain in equilibrium as long as hot water is not removed
faster than it is recharged.
Ouray periodically experiences
damaging floods. Most of the town is built on the debris fans of
Portland, Cascade and Oak Creeks, and on the alluvial flood plain of
the Uncompahgre River. Floods in Portland, Cascade, Oak, Skyrocket
and Bridalveil Creeks typically occur as debris-flows, in which loose
soil, rocks and organic debris flow with water in a dense slurry.
Debris-flows occur during periods of heavy rain, usually in July or
August, and in the past have come at intervals of 10 to 25 years. As
a flood protection measure, the flows of Portland and Cascade Creeks
have been channeled through concrete flumes within the city. Flooding
of the Uncompahgre River is a result of rapid melting of the mountain
snow pack, sometimes augmented by rainfall, in May, June or early
July. In 1985, a Flood Insurance Study was prepared by the Federal
Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to help local planners promote
sound flood plain management and to establish base flood elevations
and Flood Hazard Areas for insurance purposes. In 1995, an effort
began to reevaluate floodplains of Portland and Cascade Creeks taking
into account the reconstruction of the flumes nine years earlier. The
study was initiated by FEMA in cooperation with the City and State
Water Conservation Board. Though the study has yet to be finalized,
it is hoped that the area encompassed by these floodplains will be
reduced as a result of this effort.
In 1998, revisions to the
Uncompahgre River floodplain in the northern reaches of Ouray were
approved by FEMA as part of the Cityâ€™s river restoration project.
This effort reduced the size of the floodplain in the project area by
one-half. Development in any designated Flood Hazard Area must
conform to the Cityâ€™s existing flood plain regulations.
Deer and bear come into town
throughout the year and deer are seen daily in the winter. During the
comment period, public opinion about visiting wildlife was varied;
some residents recommended management of the deer herd while others
commented on the value and beauty of regularly seeing wildlife in
town. Wildlife management is a function of the Colorado Division of
Identify, conserve and protect the
environmental qualities that make Ouray a special place.
1. Minimize adverse environmental
impacts, which can result from growth and development.
2. Actively plan for conservation
and protection of unique natural resources.
3. Encourage land uses that are
consistent with conservation of environmental quality and efficient
use of natural resources.
4. Encourage practices that lead to
the protection of the health of Ourayâ€™s citizens.
5. Prevent development of private
and public property located in the recharge area of the Weehawken
1. Provide leadership to achieve
cooperative planning with Ouray County, the U.S. Forest Service and
other public and private entities for environmental quality and other
mutual planning goals.
2. Continue to utilize public open
space as a means of preserving and protecting the natural setting
around Ouray. This may include the acquisition of private property
for public open space.
3. Maintain or improve Ourayâ€™s
air quality and water quality.
4. Support efforts to improve water
quality in the Uncompahgre River and the visual quality of the
5. Monitor development and use of
geothermal water sources to prevent depletion of aquifer.
6. Ensure that proposed
developments, including excavation and fill projects, respond to the
soil, drainage, flood plain, erosion and surface geologic
characteristics of the development site by proper engineering and
7. Regulate development to maintain
or enhance the environmental quality of Ouray.
8. Promote energy conservation,
increase energy efficiency and use of renewable sources such as
solar, wind, hydropower and geothermal.
Prevent development of visually sensitive private properties through
acquisition for open space.
1. Establish a cooperative planning
agreement with the U.S. Forest Service.
2. Maintain and expand the existing
system of parks and public open spaces.
3. Consider more effective methods
of dust control.
4. Make information available for
Ouray residents regarding methods of reducing radon in buildings.
5. Identify wetlands and natural
hazard areas such as floodways, floodplains, and debris-flow
channels. Define performance standards to guide development in these
6. Pursue land exchanges with the
U.S. Forest Service that achieve mutual environmental goals.
7. Develop land use regulations
that address the goals, objectives, and policies outlined in the
Ouray Community Plan, including visual quality.
8. Pursue rehabiliation of the
Skyrocket Dam structure.
Participate with Ouray County in efforts to improve Uncompahgre River
Require bear-proof trash containers throughout the City.
1. Establishment of an
â€œIntergovernmental Agreementï¿½ï¿½� with Ouray County to guide
decision-making on issues of
2. Expanded the existing system of
parks and public open spaces.
3. Discontinued use of fly ash in road sanding.
Established a No Smoking policy
for all City buildings and vehicles.
5. Continued monitoring flows of
existing geothermal water resources.
6. Defined engineering requirements for steep or
7. Required permits for excavation
Developed requirements for revegetation of road cuts and areas of
excavation and fill.
POPULATION AND CULTURE
According to the 1990 Census,
Ouray had a permanent year-round population of about 650 persons. The
2000 Census figures show Ourayâ€™s permanent population to be 813.
During the summer the population grows to more than 1000 as part-time
residents return. Ouray has an unusually high civic spirit with
volunteerism providing a solid base of support for many civic and
cultural activities. There is much pride in the community, and in its
long history of mining, its Victorian architecture, and its
traditions. Ourayâ€™s small size and unique cultural heritage are
conducive to residents interacting, getting to know and taking care
of each other.
Residents continue to value
retaining Ourayâ€™s small town, family-oriented character.
Cooperation, caring, friendliness and tolerance for others are very
important to this community. Residents said support for organizations
and events, for volunteerism and involvement, and for the school and
churches are important. Residents recommended further development of
cultural activities, the arts and music.
Ouray is undergoing changes. The
decline of mining, the growth of the tourism industry, the growth of
Ridgwayâ€™s economic base, investment in second homes by
non-residents, an influx of new residents and a growing transient
population are affecting the community. Residents do not want to see
changes erode Ourayâ€™s small town character and essential
attributes. The residents want to retain Ourayâ€™s unique qualities
and special identity. Ouray should accommodate growth in a way that
maintains community strengths.
Culture and Recreation
Social and cultural events can help
create a common spirit, which binds residents together. Educational
and recreational programs can enrich the quality of life for all
ages. Ourayâ€™s school, with preschool through 12th grade
and about 200 students, is highly rated for its academic
Provide and maintain facilities
in Ouray for comprehensive education from preschool through 12th
grade and beyond.
opportunities for education, the arts, cultural activities and
recreation in Ouray.
Support civic and cultural
events by continuing to make city-owned facilities available at
Continue to facilitate, sponsor
and support cultural and recreational events.
Support creation of a
countywide recreation district.
Encourage awareness, education
and integration of minority populations within the community.
Encourage advanced education
courses or a technical/vocational school in Ouray.
community information sharing; install bulletin boards or
Sponsor City and County
recreation and cultural programs.
When the 1993 Plan was prepared,
Ouray had approximately 500 housing units. Around 400 of the housing
units were single family residences, 350 were houses and 50 were
mobile homes. The remaining 100 units were apartments, condominiums
and residences within commercial buildings.
City records for 2003 show that
Ouray has about 592 housing units. Single family residences account
for 453 of these, with 401 being houses and 52 mobile homes.
Apartments and multi-family dwellings account for the remaining 139
According to the 1990 Census, of the
480 housing units documented in that year, 290 were occupied and 190
were vacant. Of the 290 households, 211 were owner occupied and 79
were renter occupied. One hundred seventy nine (179) of the 290
households were families, while 100 of the households consisted of
only one person. Twenty-one percent (21%) of Ourayâ€™s residents were
over 59 years of age.
2000 Census figures show 374
occupied units (64.2%) and 209 vacant units (35.8%). Of the occupied
units, 260 (69.5%) are occupied by owners and 114 (30.5%) by renters.
Families make up 60.4% or 226 of all households identified by the
2000 Census. Average family size is 2.76 persons. Non-family
households account for 148 or 39.6% of the total and householders
living alone account for 128 of these. The average household size is
2.15. 17.7% of Ourayâ€™s population is 62 years and over.
During the update process, residents
continued to express concern about affordable family housing,
employee housing and housing for seniors. As in the 1993 plan,
residents are concerned about the inadequate supply of rental housing
and the high cost of purchasing a home.
A continued increase in economic
activity since the original plan was adopted, has created more jobs
and the need for more employee housing; at the same time, no new low
income housing has been added to the market. Much of the construction
activity is occurring as infill of vacant lots, new high-end
development in the North section of town, and redevelopment of
existing properties in the older sections of town. Considerable new
housing development is occurring in the North Ouray C-2 Industrial
zone. Also in North Ouray, an annexation that would increase the area
of the city by six acres has been approved.. There is expected to be
an increase in the number of annexation requests over the next 5-10
years. The cost of existing homes and vacant land continues to
increase because of the accelerated demand for vacation homes,
investment property and homes for new residents.
Encourage the supply of safe
year-round low and moderate income housing in Ouray.
Provide housing opportunities for a
stable and diverse population.
1. Evaluate Ourayâ€™s need for low
and moderate income housing in conjunction with Ouray County housing
Form a housing study group to
explore needs, opportunities and constraints and make
recommendations regarding low to moderate income housing, employee
housing and senior housing.
Develop policies to encourage
affordable housing development through the use of incentives.
The City of Ouray was nominated as a
National Historic District on the National Register of Historic
Places in 1983, and is listed as resource number 50R585. In the
Historic Resources Survey prepared in 1981 in support of Ourayâ€™s
nomination as a National Historic District, Sullenberger and Baker
a fine example of late 19th century architecture and a
physical reminder of mining history in the San Juans. Its unique and
magnificent setting, well preserved buildings, and relative lack of
inharmonious modern intrusions make it a significant historical
district. Furthermore, this significance is based on Ourayâ€™s
historical and architectural integrity dating from the period 1886 to
1910. These years encompass the height of Ourayâ€™s importance as a
supply center for nearby mining regions and they also saw the
architectural maturing of the town from a rude frame-dominated camp
to a brick and stone, prosperous city. In this framework, Ouray is
important as an example of the process of urbanization on the mining
frontier in the last decade of the 19th century (Smith
1967). Along with Silverton and Telluride, Ouray was the principal
town in the San Juan mining district, ranked as the third largest
producing mining district in Colorado between 1893-1915 and the first
on the western slope. (Sullenberger and Baker, A Historic
Resources Survey of Ouray County, Colorado: pg 100, Ms.
Centuries Research, Inc., Montrose, Colorado, 1981)
Residents rate historic charm as one
of Ourayâ€™s most desirable features. During the update process,
concern was raised about the type of architecture being built
throughout town and the need for design guidelines. Residents also
said historic restorations and preservation of historic buildings
should be encouraged and an historic preservation ordinance to
protect historic buildings was suggested.
Preserve Ourayâ€™s historic
Protect the economic and
cultural value of Ourayâ€™s historic resources.
Protect Ourayâ€™s designation
as a National Historic District.
Keep community history and
cultural heritage alive.
Encourage the continued use and
preservation of historic buildings.
Recognize historic resources as
irreplaceable community, economic and cultural resources.
Recognize that Ourayâ€™s
designation as a National Historic District is a valuable economic
and cultural resource, and that this designation can be removed by
loss of contributing structures and new incompatible structures.
Encourage preservation of contributing historic structures
(buildings which were used to help obtain the designation).
Encourage new buildings, which
are compatible with Ourayâ€™s historic character.
Encourage the listing of
individual buildings on the National Register of Historic Places.
Recognize some historic mine
structures as valuable resources, support efforts to conserve or
Promote the economic and
cultural benefits of restoration of historic buildings.
Prevent adverse impacts of new
buildings, which may be much larger than Ourayâ€™s currently
existing buildings, by developing guidelines for mass and scale.
Create voluntary guidelines to
assist owners in the rehabilitation and maintenance of historic
buildings and to help achieve compatibility in new building design.
Assist owners with the
application process for state and federal tax credits, grants for
rehabilitation and listing on the National Register of Historic
Investigate the value of an
historic preservation ordinance, hold informational meetings, obtain
citizen input, decide whether to promote conservation of historic
buildings with voluntary guidelines or with ordinance.
Update the inventory of
historic buildings every five years
1. Informational bulletin board
installed at the Hot Springs Pool and Visitor Center.
2. Policy of prohibiting short-term
rentals in the R-1 zone has been continued.
3. A study group was formed to
explore on a countywide basis needs, opportunities and constraints
4. The value of an historic
preservation ordinance was investigated by holding public meetings to
obtain citizen input on whether an ordinance or voluntary guidelines
Ouray began as a mining boom town
in 1876. The boom faded in the early part of the 20th century and
population declined, but mining continued as the most important
economic activity through the 1960s. In the 1950s, summer tourism
began to play an important role in the town economy and it now
comprises the major component of Ourayâ€™s economic base. According
to the 1990 Census, major employers in Ouray were 1) self-employed
workers including sole proprietorships, 2) government and 3) the
school district. The largest industries were construction,
retailing, lodging and restaurants. In 1990 there were 26 persons
employed in mining in Ouray County. According to Region 10, there
were 13 in 2003.
The 2000 Census reveals that 48% of
Ourayâ€™s workforce is employed in service, sales or office
occupations, while management or professional occupations account for
35% and construction 13% respectively, of all local jobs. The largest
industries by percentage are as follows: education, health and social
services, 16%; construction, 13%; professional, scientific and
administration, 12%; retail trade,10%; and finance, rental, real
Most commercial activity occurs
during the primary tourist season between June 1 and October 1. In
1990, Ourayâ€™s sales tax receipts showed that about 70% of sales
occur during that four-month period. July and August were the peak
months of tourism, followed by September and June. As of 2003, 56% of
all retail sales occur during the primary tourist season, which
indicates that efforts to develop a more year-round economy are
having an impact. Even so, many of Ourayâ€™s businesses, including
motels, restaurants, Jeep rentals, gift shops and campgrounds, still
serve the tourist industry and remain open during the summer season
only. Nevertheless, indications are that the winter economy is
improving due to public and private promotional efforts and winter
facilities such as the Ouray Ice Park and the Ouray Hot Springs Pool.
During the 1993 public comment
period for the original plan, many residents expressed concern about
the growth of the tourism industry and feared that the friendliness,
caring and cooperation that are a part of life in Ouray might be
undermined by commercialism. Public comment during the 2003 update of
the plan indicates that residents have not seen this fear realized.
Moderate economic growth continues to be supported, but not
necessarily in the tourism industry. Most residents want to see
economic growth that will provide greater diversity and a more
stable, year-round balance to the economy, reducing the dependence on
In both 1993 and 2003, residents
expressed a desire to have more opportunities for middle-income jobs
and more employment opportunities for young families. Encouraging
businesses that rely on telecommunications and computers is a popular
idea. Efforts to increase winter visitors in recent years may help
provide a more even balance to economic activity. Despite these
efforts, economic diversification remains a challenge.
Tourism now influences most aspects
of Ourayâ€™s economy and well-being; it creates both advantages and
disadvantages for the town and provides the base and strength for
much of the economy. Maintaining the health of the tourism industry
is important to Ourayâ€™s stability. During the current summer
tourism season, between 1,200 and 1,600 overnight visitors stay in
Ourayâ€™s vacation houses, lodging facilities and campgrounds every
night. Ourayâ€™s population, and the corresponding economic activity
and demand on public facilities and services, varies between the
winter low of 813 permanent residents and summer daily peaks of as
many as 3,000 residents, overnight visitors and day visitors. This
has resulted in a seasonal pattern with summer months characterized
by full employment and inadequate housing, followed by winter months
with decreased employment opportunities, yet still an inadequate
amount of affordable employee housing. The lack of housing causes
difficulties for employees as well as businesses, which sometimes
must operate understaffed. Many employees commute from towns as far
away as Delta. There has also been an increasing reliance on
foreign-born transient workers.
Develop and maintain a strong and
diversified economy that is consistent with the Ouray Community Plan.
Develop a more diversified
Maintain and improve the health
of the tourism and recreation industry.
Promote more year-round
visitation while protecting the quality of the visitor experience.
Continue to recognize the
goals, objectives and policies of the Ouray Community Plan in
contracts with the Ouray Chamber Resort Association and other
business development groups.
diversification by supporting existing businesses, encouraging the
expansion of professions and businesses that do not have a negative
impact on the quality of the area.
Support efforts to promote
Foster business development in
accordance with Ourayâ€™s long-term goals as expressed in the
Actively plan for and manage
demands on facilities and services created by increased business and
Maintain City facilities and services to a
high standard to make diversified private sector investment
that action to promote economic diversification and year- round
marketing is undertaken by public and private entities, both by
contract and by volunteer efforts as currently accomplished by
contract with the Ouray Chamber Resort Association through
distributions of the Lodging Occupation Tax and other public funds.
2. Ensure that visitor services are provided
including information, parking, public restrooms, signage
and public communication to enhance the visitor experience and to
mitigate impacts on the community.
3. Support efforts to improve
leading edge technology as it relates to businesses that rely on
telecommunications and computer access.
4. Actively promote arts and crafts,
performing arts, small conventions and historical tourism
accomplished in cooperation with the Ouray Chamber Resort Association
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