No need for Red Feather Ridge |

No need for Red Feather Ridge

Dear Editor,

Former councilman Jerry Gamba may not have noticed, but things have changed around here since the late 1970s when he facetiously suggested that everyone who’d moved to Glenwood Springs after 1964 be required to leave town.

Thousands of new homes and residents have arrived in and around our city in recent years, and the remaining farms, ranches and open space are disappearing fast.

The issue with Red Feather Ridge is not whether this particular land will be developed, but whether we want Glenwood Springs to extend its boundaries up the Four Mile drainage, resulting in denser development, more traffic, higher taxes and the steady erosion of that “small town character” we all hold so dear.

It’s not about “pulling up the drawbridge” to newcomers as Mr. Gamba suggests. Have you looked around lately at all the houses for sale? At Glenwood Meadows, Cardiff Glen, Rose Ranch, and all the other approved but not-yet-completed developments? The only real “need” for tripling the density of the Red Feather project is the need for an Oklahoma bank to recoup its bad loan to an incompetent developer.

New residents are more than welcome here. But existing residents shouldn’t have to give up our quality of life to accommodate them.

Please vote “no” on Red Feather Ridge, and make sure your ballot arrives at the City Clerk’s office no later than June 24.

Russ Arensman

Glenwood Springs

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