Basalt isn’t divided |

Basalt isn’t divided

Dear Editor:Contrary to the headline in Tuesday’s Aspen Times, Basalt is not divided over growth. The headline refers to the most recent town survey.The survey asked whether the current urban growth boundary should be made bigger, smaller, or left as is. The question should have been, “Would you prefer that Basalt grow faster, slower, or stay the same?” That question is about overall policy and is appropriate for a survey. The UGB is a tool to implement that policy. Besides, the general populace of Basalt isn’t versed in the definition, nuances or implications of the UGB, and shouldn’t have been asked such a technical question. Furthermore, the town manager was being disingenuous and overly simplistic with his analysis that, “It reinforces that it’s an issue where it’s down the middle.” Basalt is not divided or “down the middle” about growth. In every forum since 1999, the people have said they want growth the same or slower. Sound bites aren’t appropriate for this important issue. The survey was a waste of time because it was too limited, asked the wrong question and didn’t have nearly enough respondents. Jim PaussaBasalt

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