Red Feather Ridge revolt
Post Independent Staff
GLENWOOD SPRINGS – A group of area residents opposed to the City Council decision to extend the city’s Urban Growth Boundary will attempt to reverse that decision with a vote of the people.
A meeting to discuss such an action will be held at 6 p.m. tonight at the Blake Street campus of Colorado Mountain College.
“We’re going to go for a referendum,” said Marice Doll, one of the organizers of the group. “We’re not here to rehash the past, it’s not a walk down memory lane, we’re here to address what happened.”
The decision being protested came at the Jan. 8 special meeting of the Glenwood Springs City Council. Council members voted 4-3 to extend the Urban Growth Boundary to annex and rezone the Red Feather Ridge development.
The Urban Growth Boundary is a line drawn around the city within which dense growth is supposed to be contained. It was first delineated in 1996, and council’s recent decision marks the first change in that boundary.
“We’re not going to put anyone down, we’re not going to put the City Council down, it’s just for the one common cause,” Doll said of the group’s mission.
So far, Doll said she’s been contacted by upwards of 50 people interested in putting such a referendum on the ballot in an upcoming election.
“We’re very serious about this,” Doll said.
Another local resident who has become involved in the movement to repeal City Council’s decision on the UGB is architect Dean Moffatt.
“It’s an informational and organizational meeting Tuesday to explore our common interests and consider a referendum to overturn the decision of the City Council,” he said.
More information on the timeline of a forthcoming referendum and on just what would be involved in putting such a question on the ballot will be clearer after the meeting, Moffatt said.
“This first meeting, and I’m sure it’s the first of several, will really be to explore each other’s different views on this,” he said. “From phone calls and people interacting, I’m getting the sense that there’s quite a broad-based interest in this.
“The other thing I’m starting to sense is we have a master plan for the community, but we don’t seem to be making decisions based on it,” Moffatt said.
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