Red Feather Ridge foes hope to stop a moving train |

Red Feather Ridge foes hope to stop a moving train

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GLENWOOD SPRINGS – The spokesman for the group urging City Council to reverse approvals for the Red Feather Ridge housing project admitted Wednesday that the public was late in demonstrating its opposition.

Despite this, members of Community Voices for Responsible Growth want their voices to be heard by City Council at tonight’s regular council meeting, which starts at 6:30 p.m. in City Council Chambers at City Hall.

“Citizens could have gotten into the picture earlier,” CVRG spokesman Michael Larime said. “It would have been more constructive if we did something before we got into the situation where the train has left the station.”

Final approvals for Red Feather Ridge are set to be weighed tonight by City Council. But before any decision is made, members of an opposition group are expected to give input explaining their view of the proposed residential project. Larime said he and one other group member, Russ Arensman, will speak on behalf of CVRG.

Then, before the project could be officially approved by council, five measures must be approved, including an amendment of the land use plan, adoption of the annexation plan, approval of the annexation agreement, annexation and zoning.

Red Feather Ridge, a proposed 149-house project planned for 132 acres up on the east side of Four Mile Road, consists of a subdivision with open space and park land included.

The project owner, MidFirst Bank of Oklahoma City, offered $400,000 to help fund a roundabout at Four Mile and Airport roads; $2,500 per house for transportation improvements; and $100,000 toward the construction of a park, as well as land for a new city cemetery. The development also would include 23 affordable housing lots, and MidFirst promised to finance those homes.

A public outcry was raised by area residents after the subdivision was conditionally approved by council on Jan. 8 on a 4-3 vote. Opponents pointed to the extension of the city’s Urban Growth Boundary, traffic concerns and other factors as reasons to deny the project.

Since then, the opposition has congealed into a group calling itself Community Voices for Responsible Growth. The group gathered more than 1,000 signatures on a petition that calls for council to reject the proposal. They warned council that if the project is approved, they will seek to place an initiative on an upcoming ballot to get a reversal.

As another part of its effort, the group is developing a new Web site at It’s being set up to let people know of the group’s goals and to raise funds.

But Larime said the group’s focus goes beyond Red Feather Ridge.

“We have a slightly broader charter than Red Feather,” he said. “Our goal is to get the comprehensive plan elevated to become formal and binding.”

He said the group wants any change in the city’s plan to be subject to a city-wide vote.

“It’s so citizens would be in the process,” he said. “Right now, Red Feather is our No. 1 tactical objective, but our strategic objective is to get the comprehensive plan codified.”

Contact Greg Masse: 945-8515, ext 511

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