Voters clip Red Feather Ridge’s wings |

Voters clip Red Feather Ridge’s wings

by greg massE
and Heather McGregor
Post Independent Staff

GLENWOOD SPRINGS – Red Feather Ridge was defeated in a special city election Tuesday by more than 1,000 votes.

The final tally was 1,886 no votes to 671 voters in support of the proposed development.

“We’re excited – we’re hootin’ and hollerin,'” said Dean Moffatt, a member of the anti-Red Feather Ridge group Community Voices for Responsible Growth. “We were starting to get a little nervous, we thought they were going to do a recount.”

The results weren’t released until 10:55 p.m.

Another CVRG member, Russ Arensman, joined Moffatt in the excitement of victory.

“Essentially this proves you can’t buy an election in Glenwood Springs,” he said. “We estimated that they spent almost $50,000 – all for naught. It was almost a 3-1 vote.”

The “no” vote prevailed with 74 percent of the 2,557 total vote tally.

Arensman called the large victory margin “a pretty strong mandate for cautious growth.”

Sheila MacDonald, campaign manager for the Glenwood Springs Neighbors for Responsible Planning, the pro-Red Feather group, said she was disappointed in the results.

“From the beginning the bank went through the city process; we thought we came up with a good plan, with the city,” she said.

MacDonald said MidFirst Bank said throughout the campaign there would be no “plan C” as an alternate to the original plan and the plan approved by City Council.

With the city annexation and zoning rejected, MidFirst will move forward with selling the 57 lots approved under the original county plan, she said.

Red Feather Ridge was a 149-lot subdivision planned for 132 acres on the east side of Four Mile Road, just outside the city limits of Glenwood Springs.

The plan included open space, park land and land for a new city cemetery. City Council approved annexation and zoning for the project in a 4-3 vote Jan. 8.

More than 1,000 people who oppose the project signed a petition circulated by CVRG asking City Council to refer the project’s fate to voters. Council agreed to refer the question to voters.

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