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Red Feather Ridge is a hazardous waste of land

Melissa DeHaan

Dear Editor,

I would like to congratulate Guy Harrell of Red Feather Ridge for his use of NIMBY in the GSPI article April 17. His accusations toward Mr. Larime and CVRG expose his intent in requesting a denser development than originally designed.

The acronym NIMBY was originally applied to community groups that fought having hazardous waste sites built near their communities. NIMBY is a triumph of Western democracy, as informed and concerned citizens band together in search of political and environmental justice.

Likewise, 149 lots on 132 acres outside city limits is a hazardous waste of land and resources. If all the lots are sold, expect the following:

If just one commutes to work 10 miles a day, 78,672 pounds of air pollution will be produced in a month. If they drive SUVs or trucks, it’s 116,965 pounds.

There will be 1,549 pounds of trash a day.

If families are conservative in their water use, they’ll use 30,992 gallons a day!

For references: http://www.airhead. org, http://www.ga.water.usgs.gov, and http://www.learner.org.

Harrell’s plan to overdevelop Red Feather Ridge creates a visual eyesore. Commuters typify that sprawl is the public issue.

“Anything goes” growth is irrational to environmentalists, planners, and others who see the long-range impact of growth. At the least, solutions to sprawl must be as consensual, democratic, and as local as possible. Complaining homeowners need to join the process and not let town hall or “the other guy” make the decisions on how their community evolves. Vote “no,” hold our elected officials to the city’s comprehensive plan.

Melissa DeHaan

Glenwood Springs


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