We have ourselves to blame
I try to be a good boy. Really, I do.
I know there are a few people who disagree.
Over the last few years, I’ve tried to make a point. I continue to say everything should be perfect before anyone builds in this unique and beautiful county. I mean everyone and everything. We owe it to the land and we owe it to ourselves as members of a great community. Enough is enough.
It seems, however, that the Garfield County commissioners disagree. Seems two out of the three will approve just about anything, regardless of the flaws. Take Chenoa, for example. On Jan. 7, two out of three didn’t take time to deal with Red Canyon Road. Two out of three threw the CMC and 82 corner, a treacherous traffic nightmare, to the state of Colorado. Washed their hands, so to speak.
The concluding motion was so confusing, the planning office is probably still trying to figure it out. And by the way, the last time I checked, Chenoa’s parent company was still in bankruptcy. Stocks at a penny a share. Have we learned nothing from our past mistakes?
Chenoa goes into the books as an excellent design. They have followed the letter of the law. It’s our laws that are flawed. Our road formula calls for this massive development to spend less than $500,000 on roads. You can’t pour a decent driveway for 500 grand anymore.
It’s Garfield County’s fault. It’s our fault. Our laws need to be changed and what’s on the books needs to be strictly enforced.
In voting for approval, Mr. Stowe, my commissioner, my representative from this district, agreed that the proposal was in compliance with the comprehensive plan. I can read. It does not comply.
My voice in government agreed that the proposed subdivision conformed with Garfield County zoning regulations. I agree wholeheartedly with Commissioner Martin. It does not.
Mr. Stowe concluded that the “subdivision was in the best interest of the health, safety, morals, convenience, order, prosperity, and welfare of the citizens of Garfield County.” Prosperity for a few, maybe. One out of seven.
There’s one more hearing. The final plat. I hope it comes close to election time. We desperately need some changes.
Thank you for listening.
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