Letter: Cooper building review | PostIndependent.com

Letter: Cooper building review

The March 28 Planning Commission meeting includes an item for a major development application to construct one additional unit at the 1002 Cooper Ave. location currently under construction with eight units replacing the previous four units. This development is near our household and we attempted to provide comments at the March 2 City Council meeting. Our attempts to address the council were silenced by the mayor as the city’s planning process does not provide for citizen review at that juncture. Councilors Steve Davis (project general contractor) and Kathryn Trauger (project representative) recused themselves from the March 2 council action.

In doing our homework at the City Planning Department, we learned the original conversion from four units (three residential and one commercial) to the eight residential units was able to skip the major development review process required under city code. Planning staff advised the eight-unit project was errantly permitted under a general building permit without the requisite major development public process. Now the question before the Planning Commission and the council is the major development permit for the one additional unit. No public process for our neighborhood was afforded by city staff, Planning Commission and council for the original eight-unit development.

How is it that the city planning staff overlooked permitting requirements for this project involving councilors Davis and Trauger and restricted the public consideration of this nine-unit development (more than doubling the existing development) to one unit? How did the project proponent councilors miss this requirement for a major review? Why now is the neighborhood afforded the opportunity to comment on only the one additional unit?

This now-nine-unit project will have significant impacts to our neighborhood and deserved the public review that the city’s code contemplates for such development. Will council, the Planning Commission and planning staff continue to waive public process and code requirements for projects involving city councilors?

Ray Tenney

Glenwood Springs

Support Local Journalism

Support Local Journalism

Readers around Glenwood Springs and Garfield County make the Post Independent’s work possible. Your financial contribution supports our efforts to deliver quality, locally relevant journalism.

Now more than ever, your support is critical to help us keep our community informed about the evolving coronavirus pandemic and the impact it is having locally. Every contribution, however large or small, will make a difference.

Each donation will be used exclusively for the development and creation of increased news coverage.


Start a dialogue, stay on topic and be civil.
If you don't follow the rules, your comment may be deleted.

User Legend: iconModerator iconTrusted User

Letter To The Editor