City of Gunnison Strategic Framework

On May 28, 2024, Gunnison City Council adopted Resolution No. 6, Series 2024, A Resolution of the City Council of the City of Gunnison, Colorado, Adopting the City's Aspiration, Purpose, and Imperative Actions, Collectively, Serving as the City of Gunnison's Strategic Framework

Our Aspiration

Gunnison is a mountain community where education, entrepreneurship, and the outdoors converge, creating a vibrant economy and welcoming place. We prioritize our environment and respect the dignity of each person as we work toward collective well-being.

Our Purpose

The City is responsible for utilities, multimodal infrastructure, public facilities, recreational resources, and civic services that enable our community to function safely, equitably, and prosperously.

Our Values

We value and are committed to integrity, stewardship, and collaboration.

  • Integrity: We say what we mean, and we do what we say. Our conduct is worthy of trust.
  • Stewardship: We are fact-based, transparent, and fiscally responsible in the choices we make. We are accountable and committed to sustainability.
  • Collaboration: We effectively listen and engage the public to build diverse and positive relationships to serve community goals.

Our Imperatives

  • Housing Affordability
  • Economic Prosperity
  • Infrastructure Resilience
  • Organizational Performance
  • Public Engagement

Here are some of Council's recent initiatives:

2023 Streets and Recreation Facilities Funding
Instead of proposing an increase to the existing sales tax, the City is considering reallocating a portion of the existing 1% Parks and Rec sales tax to continue funding recreation facilities and improvements and to also support maintenance of existing streets and related improvements. Click here for more information.
2021 Community Survey
In addition to providing feedback on City services from a cross section of the community, the 2021 Community Survey provides feedback on Gunnison’s strategic priorities and direction 
View the 2021 Community Survey Results
Lazy K Park and Housing Project
2021 Housing Needs Assessment

A leading priority for the City of Gunnison is creating greater diversity in the local housing inventory and securing more housing as attainable for the workforce.  Toward this goal, the City has committed 4.3 acres of City-owned land at the Lazy K Property site for housing and community park adjacent to the Gunnison River.

By December 31, 2022, the City plans to deliver 43 affordable housing units to buyers at Lazy K. The housing project will be funded in partnership with High Mountain Concepts. Sale of homes will repay High Mountain Concepts for their investment in the project, while City of Gunnison funds, along with a large grant from DOLA, will support increased affordability.
Safe Multi-Modal Transportation Initiatives
As part of the City's Strategic Plan, the City Council is pursuing projects to promote safe multi-modal transportation in the City of Gunnison.
  • In 2023, the City will complete a traffic safety plan.
  • In Summer 2023, the City hopes to begin construction of its Ohio Ave multi-modal project to improve pedestrian and bike connection from Western Colorado University to downtown Gunnison.
  • Passage of Ordinance No. 7, Series 2020, Reducing the Speed Limit to 25 on residential streets
  • Installing Driver Feedback Speed Limit Signs for Tomichi Avenue and Main Street
  • Safe Routes to School: The City completed sidewalks along Virginia Avenue (between Spruce and 11th), Spruce Street (from Tomichi to Arthur), and Arthur Avenue (from Spruce to 11th)  to create a safe way for kids to get to school and to provide connectivity for the community as a whole. A ribbon cutting was held in September 2020.
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Environmental Sustainability and Resiliency Initiatives
Gunni Cares 2030 Environmental Sustainability Plan:  View Final Gunni Cares Plan 2030 
Gunni CARES 2030 Traducción Española
Wastewater Treatment Plant Modernization and Energy Efficiency Improvement Project

  • The City of Gunnison together with Tetra Tech and J.R. Filanc Construction Company, Inc. are working on the City of Gunnison WWTP Modernization and Energy Efficiency Improvements Project. The preconstruction phase has been completed and the construction phase was kicked off by a groundbreaking ceremony on August 7, 2019.  This multi-year improvement and renovations project is scheduled to be completed in 2021. Current operations will continue through the duration of this project. 
2020 Climate Action Conference, Western Colorado University, January 17, 2020
  • The goal of the conference was to define future specific goals for carbon reduction and strategies to achieve those goals for the Gunnison Valley. 
Housing Remediation Incentives
In September, 2020, Council authorized an incentive program to help property owners fund necessary renovations to homes not meeting the City’s minimum maintenance standards in its building code.
CORE Act Support, October 2020
CORE Act Support, October 11, 2020

111 local elected officials in Colorado, including Gunnison's City Council, sent a letter to Senator Cory Gardner asking him to actively support the Colorado Outdoor Recreation and Economy (CORE) Act this year. The CORE Act will protect 400,000 acres of Colorado public land and designate nearly 80,000 acres as new recreation and conservation management areas that preserve existing outdoor uses such as hiking and mountain biking. It is the most significant and broadly-supported effort to protect Colorado’s most cherished lands, waters, and forests in a generation.  

Listen to elected official discuss the CORE Act.
State of the City Reports

Welcome to Gunnison

Gunnison is a small mountain community on the western slope of Colorado with a population of approximately 6,560 full time residents. The population increases annually with the influx of tourism and Western Colorado University students numbering an additional 2,500. The City of Gunnison is the county seat for Gunnison County. Gunnison has a rich history of ranching, agriculture, mining, tourism and outdoor recreation opportunities that bring many more people through the community.
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