Building caps petition hits a wall
Mountain Folks for Global Justice came up two signatures short on a petition to ask voters to limit building size in Carbondale, so they’ve switched to Plan B.Lacking a valid petition, which would have put the building cap question on a special election ballot, Mountain Folks will ask the town trustees tonight to put the question to the public.”They might be willing to do it, since we were so close,” said Mountain Folks member Lori Stone.The Mountain Folks petition isn’t the only one aimed at Carbondale’s commercial growth. Crystal River Marketplace opponents submitted a petition in March to put that project’s approval on the ballot, which could be anytime from July through September. That petition had more than enough signatures, said Carbondale town clerk Suzanne Cerise, but is in a 40-day protest period before being forwarded to the trustees.Cerise said the trustees could reverse the Crystal River Marketplace approval without putting the question to a vote, or put the question in a special election this summer.The Mountain Folks petition asked that Carbondale’s zoning be amended to cap buildings at 60,000 square feet in most zone districts, Stone said.Cerise said the Mountain Folks’ petition required 134 valid signatures. It contained 166 names, but Cerise ruled that 34 were not valid.”There were five or six duplicates,” Cerise said. “One guy signed three times.”Some signatures were invalid because they deviated from names as listed on Garfield County voter registration lists, or the petition signer had moved, Cerise said.Mountain Folks started circulating the petition in October, and did not submit it to Cerise until March. Stone said the time lag might have hurt the group’s efforts. “We had six months to turn it in … that might have been a mistake,” Stone said.The Mountain Folks petition was also somewhat more difficult to understand than the Crystal River Marketplace petition. “It takes time to learn about the caps,” Stone said.Mountain Folks for Global Justice first circulated the petition last year after the board of trustees refused zone district amendments to cap building sizes at 60,000 square feet in some districts, and expand the town’s review process.Contact Lynn Burton: 945-8515, ext. email@example.comMountain Folks for Global Justice petition comes up shortAlso on tonight’s Carbondale trustees agenda:-A Carbondale Chamber of Commerce liquor license application for a Cinco de Mayo celebration at Sopris Park on May 3.-A Carbondale Environmental Board application to use the Sopris Park gazebo for Dandelion Day on May 17.-A request from Peter Fitzsimmons to use Sopris Park for a car show.-A request for permission to serve alcohol at weekly rodeos at the riding arena this summer.
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