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Hayden Master Plan Community Survey

Hayden Master Plan Community Survey Link

The Town of Hayden is currently updating its master plan, a document required by state law that reflects its collective vision and intentions for the future. Its purpose is to establish a policy framework for future decisions related to growth and development. Ideally, it serves as a resource for individuals engaged in industry attraction, transportation planning, commercial and retail development, home building, the provision of services, construction of utilities, and programming of parks and open spaces.

While the master planning effort initially intended to provide numerous platforms for community engagement, social distancing restrictions and “stay at home orders” established in response to the potential spread of the COVID-19 virus have somewhat limited those opportunities. To that end, the planning team, together with the Town’s leaders, decided to solicit input from Hayden’s residents and business owners through administration of a brief survey. Specifically, the Town’s leaders intend to use the responses to ensure future planning and project initiatives are strategic, impactful, and broadly representative.

For this reason, we are asking that everyone with an interest in Hayden’s future (one survey per person) complete on or before July 6, 2020.  Responses will be reviewed by members of the planning team, shared with representatives of the Town serving on an advisory board, and reported on to elected officials.

Please feel free to contact Mary Alice Page-Allen,, (970) 276-3741 or (970) 846-4582 with any questions. Thank you in advance for your time and consideration

Coronavirus Information

How the Town of Hayden is monitoring Coronavirus

The Town of Hayden is committed to maintaining and protecting the health of our residents who live in our community. While there’s no immediate threat to the community, the Routt County Public Health Department, (more…)

Public Service Announcement


UPDATED February 4, 2020

Town of Hayden Public Works is currently working on a water line repair. You may experience fluctuating water pressure or possibly be without water in the areas of Chestnut St between Washington St. to Lincoln Ave. as well as Lincoln St between Poplar to Walnut St.

Pearl St may also experience low water pressure.

Repair should be complete by 5:00 pm

If you experience discolored water, please flush until it clears up. The water will be safe to drink.

This is an ongoing project that has been extended due to weather.

Please call Town Hall at 970-276-3741 with any questions.

Colorado Smoke Outlook/Air Quality Alert

If moderate to heavy smoke is visible, air quality has reached levels that are unhealthy.
Not everyone who is exposed to wildfire smoke will have health problems.
Most healthy adults and children will recover quickly from smoke exposure and will not suffer long-term health consequences.
Particulate matter exposure is the principal public health threat from short-term exposures to wildfire smoke.
What are symptoms related to smoke exposure?
•Eye, nose and/or throat irritation–runny eyes and/or nose.
•Coughing, sore throat.
•Trouble breathing or tightness of the chest, which may be symptoms of a health emergency.
•The onset of symptoms related to pre-existing respiratory ailments like asthma or emphysema.
•Weakened immune system after prolonged exposure to smoke.

•Consider limiting outdoor activity when moderate to heavy smoke is present and relocating temporarily if smoke is present indoors and is making you ill.
•Use air conditioners on re-circulate mode and with the highest quality filters appropriate for the model, HEPA air filters, and close your windows. Move to a shelter if you do not have air conditioning and your home is too hot with the windows closed.

Please refer to links below, for additional information.

Energy Efficiency Jump Start

2017 Routt County income-qualified home energy efficiency assistance

Includes a FREE home energy assessment from a certified and approved home energy auditor. Includes FREE starter energy upgrades to begin to make your home more comfortable and lower your utility bills. Depending on the needs of the home, energy upgrades could include measures such as:

  • Furnace or boiler tune-up and/or safety check
  • LED energy efficient light bulbs
  • Programmable thermostats
  • Hot water heater wrap
  • Low-flow showerheads
  • Immediate air sealing needs such as around doors
  • Coaching and advice on energy and utility bill savings and rebates


  • Income-qualified homeowners, residents, renters (renters need landlord
    approval and signature; landlords must also meet 80 % area medium
    income qualifications)
  • Families, couples, singles, seniors
  • Households in single-family homes, condos, townhomes, apartments and
    mobile homes
  • Households earning up to 80 % of area median income (income
    verification required in form of most recent income tax return)


  1. Fill out the form here.
  2. Submit a copy of your most recent tax return for income verification with your application. BLACK OUT your social security # before submitting.
  3. If you qualify, the Yampa Valley Sustainability Council team will contact you to schedule a free home
  4. The team will help you address the energy efficiency needs of your home, at no cost to you.

If you or someone you know could be eligible or has questions, please contact Yampa Valley Sustainability
Council at or 970-871-9299 ext. 104.

Town of Hayden Awarded Economic Development Initiative

On Monday at the Meeker Golf Course,  Lt. Governor Donna Lynn and the Executive Director of the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade (OEDIT), Stephanie Copeland, awarded the Town of Hayden a Blueprint 2.0 economic development project. The initiative, titled Community Placemaking, will engage the community by identifying local assets, providing instruction on the fundamentals of developing a sense of place, and developing a cohesive vision and strategy based on community assets. Hayden is honored and exited to receive this award, and was joined by other communities from across the state who received similar awards.

The OEDIT team will be partnering with the Colorado Department of Local Affairs (DOLA) and Community Builders (a community planning and placement non-profit based out of Glenwood Springs) to guide Hayden’s community placemaking. The group will lead three community workshops in Hayden, engaging local community leaders and business owners in the process, to  help define and identify: (1) the alignment access segments of community; (2) potential downtown improvement plans; (3)  physical assets for potential small scale renewal; and (4) potential actions to reinvigorate public spaces.

“We recently completed a community assessment project with OEDIT and are moving forward with the recommendations in that assessment. Community Placemaking was an initiative that OEDIT recommended we apply for, and we are very excited to have received this award and be able to take this next step in Hayden’s economic development. Ultimately, a unified and cohesive economic vision will help Hayden develop an actionable economic strategic business plan that we plan to complete in the early part of 2018,” said Councilwoman Ashley McMurray for the Town of Hayden.

Routt County Department of Human Services opens satellite office in Hayden

Routt County Department of Human Services has opened a satellite office in Hayden, located at 118 S. Walnut Street, Unit B. The office will be open on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month from 8:30am – Noon and 12:30-3pm.

The satellite office offers the following services:

  • Accepts applications for public assistance,

  • Completes face-to-face interviews

  • Accepts verifications and documents for all Routt County Human Services Departments (Child Support, Child Welfare, Food/Med Unit),

  • Provides information on Human Services programs,

  • Accepts documents for the Veterans Service Officer.

Questions? Call 970.870.5533. This is a collaboration of Routt County Department of Human Services and Lift-Up of Routt County.

Economic Development Community Assessment

The Town of Hayden received a Community Assessment Program (CAP) Grant from the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade (OEDIT) for the purpose of creating a strategic economic business plan.

Below are items that were presented during the presentation on May 15, 2017.

Hayden Community Assessment Recommendations

Hayden Assessment

ECDD Town of Hayden

Hayden Routt Demographic Trends May 2017