Red Feather Ridge vs. Plan C |

Red Feather Ridge vs. Plan C

Dear Editor,

At the May 29 debate, the Red Feather Ridge proponents portrayed the city plan as preferable to any county plan for development on Four Mile. This included a reference to the just approved Springridge II development.

Let’s compare the RFR city plan to Springridge II.

Springridge II subdivision is being developed on 483 acres, of which 309 will be placed in a conservation easement under the Aspen Valley Land Trust. Of the 309 acres in trust, 144 are considered usable land for home building. This usable land includes open sage and pinon flats behind the development and a large open meadow that will continue to be used as it has traditionally been used. The 81 lots will occupy 150 acres around the open meadows.

In contrast, the city plan for RFR clusters 149 homes on 42 acres in the middle of the development. Excluding the land allocated for a future park, much of the 90 acres of “open space” is steep, unusable slope not even visible from Four Mile. The visible steep slope will be used for a cemetery.

To me, the Springridge II plan doesn’t look like the county plan or the city plan. It looks more like the elusive Plan C that we would all like to see on Four Mile.

In this case the county has shown very responsible stewardship. Hopefully the county and city can work together in the future to provide us with other “Plan Cs” in not only the Four Mile corridor but also other rural areas around Glenwood Springs.

Barbara Larime

Glenwood Springs

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