Stay focused on Four Mile |

Stay focused on Four Mile

The voices behind the “Vote No On Red Feather Ridge” signs put pencil to paper on mail-in ballots, defeating the proposed development in a special election this week. The official count was 1,886 “no” votes to 671 “yes” votes.

The Glenwood Springs City Council did the right thing by placing the decision in the hands of voters.

Red Feather Ridge, as proposed, will not happen. But what will? Owner MidFirst Bank of Oklahoma City has several options.

The bank could sell 57 lots, a subdivision that has already been approved by the county. Or, it could sell the whole dang thing and get out of Dodge.

If the bank sells the land, there is a tremendous opportunity for the new owner to use Garfield County’s new cluster zoning. It would offer a modest boost in density compared to the 149 housing units planned for Red Feather.

Notably, in opposing Red Feather, voters rejected an expansion of the city’s urban growth boundary. This was the first big test of the UGB, which was strongly defended by Glenwood residents.

Another window of opportunity has opened. Planning commissions, county and city, should connect and engage in dialogue on the future of Four Mile Ranch and the nearby Bershenyi and Martino ranches, which are also for sale.

Those who were involved in Red Feather, pro or con, need to stay involved. Opponents may have taken their signs down (if someone else hadn’t already done it for them), yet their voices still need to be heard, preferably in the form of constructive feedback.

Four Mile Road may be in the county’s domain, but it’s also right in Glenwood’s backyard.

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