In nautical terms, Garfield County’s Comprehensive Plan for 2030 is the rudder of our good ship. It’s the plan for where we will put more than 60,000 new people and 23,000 new homes, the guide for development. The final draft is ready for your approval. We’ve hired very good consultants to listen to you. You have told us that you value the open space and the rural feel of our county. You don’t want to see one house on every two acres from Carbondale to Battlement Mesa. As a result, the Comp Plan says put as much development near the existing towns as possible. Massive housing communities outside of services are discouraged, which makes sense to me. Next, imagine you own 500 acres. Right now, you can divide it up into 250 two-acre lots (see above). That’s your right. We propose an incentive. Cluster the houses together, leave 70 percent of your land open space, and you still get all 250 lots. Conversely, if you reduce the open space you lose lots. The Realtors Association opposes this policy. Do you ?Right now, for oil and gas development, the plan states we will “ensure that mineral extraction is not overregulated so as to diminish its benefit to the general public.” It has been suggested that we substitute the phrase “ensure that mineral extraction is regulated appropriately” to “promote responsible energy development.” Yes ? No ?Today, any development plans in Garfield County first must comply with the Comprehensive Plan. That’s written into the code; it’s law. In our last discussion with the commissioners, the question was raised if this plan before you should be law or advisory only. P&Z, by vote, elects to maintain its legal status; I strongly agree. This is a very good plan that sets a direction dictated by the public. Why give the commissioners the option of not complying?There are three more public meetings before we vote. This Monday and Wednesday evening in Glenwood and Tuesday in Rifle. Google “Garfield comp plan” and, please, tell us what you think. Michael SullivanP&Z commissioner
I write to publicly express my deep appreciation for many in Glenwood, Colorado and throughout the nation who have written or called to share in my grief over the loss of my dear friend and mentor for 40 years, Sen. Ted Stevens of Alaska. His shocking death in the airplane crash on Aug. 9 near Dillingham, Alaska, took me back in time to the many, many flights I had taken with Sen. Stevens to so many villages in Alaska.My work with Sen. Stevens on his first two elections – the special election in 1970 and the full six-year term in 1972 – set in motion my own 35-year career in politics and government that ended in 1996 when I retired from the United States Senate.Small in stature, Sen. Stevens was a giant of a man, some in Alaska called him “a man to match our mountains.” He was my boss, my mentor and my friend, and he is beloved by supporters and opponents alike for his fierce dedication to the people of Alaska.As we observe our U.S. Senate change in character, I am very proud to have worked with this outstanding public servant whose only goal was to see that the people of Alaska receive all it would take to catch up with the rest of the lower 48. His legacy is huge as he moved this new state of Alaska from the frontier to the beautiful modern state that it is today.Thank you my dear friends for sharing your condolences with me. Shirley WoodrowGlenwood Springs
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