Strategy BE1.1: Preserve industrial lands for employment-generating uses.
One of the scarcest resources in the mountain region is flat, developable land. The market for flat land is extremely competitive. Flat sites with water and sewer service and good access to major thoroughfares are sought after by both residential and commercial developers. For the economy to grow, the region's leader must take the steps necessary to ensure a supply of land available for business relocation and expansion. Economic developers should partner with local planners to investigate the use of local land use policies, such as industrial preservation districts and/or restriction on rezoning of prime industrial sites to other uses, to preserve existing industrial sites.