4 hours of sustaining Dec. 6

       A four-hour meeting of the regional sustainability plan's consensus committee is scheduled Monday, Dec. 6 to review responses to the survey that was offered by the regional Pikes Peak Area Council of Governments (PPACG) from Nov. 19 to Dec. 1.
       The meeting, open to the public, will be in the PPACG conference room at 14 S. Chestnut St. (accessible from the agency's rear parking lot). An agenda for the meeting had not been finalized at press time Dec. 1. “The agenda will be hashed out Thursday [Dec. 2] by the staff, after they've have had a chance to look at the results of the survey,” said PPACG spokesperson Jason Wilkinson.
       The survey grew out of meetings since September by several topic-oriented committees - overseen by the consensus committee - in what PPACG defines as “Phase 1” of the sustainability plan creation. Working with PPACG staff and using a combination of private and public funding, the committees framed goals for the year 2030 that would impact such area aspects as energy use, transportation, water use, waste disposal and economic development. Phase 2 is to start up in January.
       Based on PPACG's definition of sustainability, the overall intent is to improve the “quality of life” and be better stewards of natural resources and the environment; however, as detailed in the Nov. 24 Westside Pioneer, questions exist about assertions in the survey and whether increased regulations, intrusion into personal lives and higher taxes would not result instead.

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