A bad precedent
August 25, 2008
It would be a grave mistake on the part of the Pitkin County Commissioners to vote to exempt themselves from their own land-use code for county road and trail improvements.
Everyone knows this ordinance came into effect to build a controversial trail on Castle Creek. There are many more serious issues at stake in building this trail other than its safety benefiting a few students in the summer. The cost and environmental degradation far out weigh the concern some commissioners might have in wanting this trail built.
More importantly, this ordinance sets a bad precedent for the county to be exempting itself from its own land-use code at a time when it should be setting an example of good governance.
The next public hearing on this issue is Wednesday at noon at the Plaza One Building on Main Street. Hopefully concerned citizens will attend.
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