Red Feather Ridge wrong for city
I would like to take this opportunity to publicly thank Tresi Houpt, Jeff Houpt, Hal Sundin, Sharill Hawkins, Jim Hawkins and Steve Smith for standing before City Council Thursday night and so eloquently stating all the things I was feeling in my heart concerning Red Feather Ridge, better known to most of us as Four Mile Ranch. Our council members need to know how we feel about this development. The developer and his `staff’ are dangling some pretty attractive carrots.
This development is not a good move for our town. Water issues need to be addressed in a responsible, sensible way, not just the `legality’ of who `owns’ what part of Four Mile Creek. The property, originally cleared for development through Garfield County for 50 homes, has now reappeared before Glenwood City Council to be annexed into the city with approval for 150 homes. The developer is also asking that the city waive the school impact fees. So far these requests have breezed right by our Planning and Zoning Board. They actually recommended to our council members that this project be approved as submitted. Fortunately, not everyone on our council is asleep at the wheel and the meeting Thursday night resulted in the council delaying action until Aug. 1.
Please know that we can make a difference but our voices need to be heard. Write a letter, make a call, send an e-mail, talk to your neighbors, come to a council meeting. A show of heads goes a long way in speaking to the people we have elected to represent us in making decisions that directly affect our life in Glenwood Springs. You can e-mail City Council at email@example.com.
You can reach any council member by phone (they are all listed in the phone book) or call City Hall at 945-2575. Please don’t wait. This will be on the agenda again for the Aug. 1 City Council meeting.
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