Be careful what you wish for
Dear Editor:It is really time for all locals to consider how the proposed Burlingame neighborhood will affect all of our lives.1. The proposed size is approximately the size of the “permanent” population of Snowmass Village.2. The government has consistently refused to follow the Aspen Area Community Plan (worked on by locals for hours, months, years) which states that there MUST be a complete study for any housing, including but not limited to: infrastructure (water, sewer, etc. capacity).• SCHOOLS: According to the “experts,” the Aspen schools are basically full. There are approximately 360 students from out of the district who have become an integral part of the school and community. Building a village for around 900 to 1,000 people will put a great strain on the recently built campus.• ROADS: Does anyone really believe that this additional population will not get in their cars (approximately two per household).3. SHOPPING: We have two grocery stores currently in our town. During either the winter season or summer season, it is already difficult to grab your groceries and get home to fix dinner for the family after work, due to the crowds.4. INFILL HOUSING: Every study ever done by the government on housing speaks of infill – small areas within existing neighborhoods like the successful Snyder Park, Lift 1-A, Silverlode, etc.5. PROJECTS APPROVED: Since the “advisory vote” on Burlingame several years ago, over 600-700 properties have been built or are approved.This is a QUALITY OF LIFE decision for everyone who moved here for that reason. Why did you choose to leave a city? Was it maybe based on the traffic, congestion, overcrowding of your favorite grocery store, overcrowding of your children’s schools, air pollution, overcrowding of the parks, hiking trails, city tennis courts or golf courses?What really should happen is that the city should follow its own zoning and codes as they would for any other project of this nature. The Zoline family with all of its land would apply for either 35-acre parcels for each free-market home and the government would determine what type of deed-restricted units they would require with those few free-market homes and/or they could use the Affordable Housing Zone (created by the city for rational and responsible growth) and the Zoline family would be responsible for building 70 percent deed-restricted housing in order to receive 30 percent “free market” housing. There is no possible way that over 300 homes would be approved.Every single proposal that has come through city or county government of such an outrageous size, such as this, has consistently been turned down over the years. Think about Wildcat Ranch – now 12 homes not 2,000, or Owl Creek Road – 12 houses not 2,000, or the W/J ranch – under 20, not 700. How about Woody Creek? Isn’t it interesting that Mick Ireland made sure for all these years that almost no growth happened in any of these neighborhoods I’ve mentioned (to the betterment of the entire valley), and yet he is fighting to put a new “village” of 1,000 people in a town with only a permanent population of less than 6,000? Isn’t that extreme by any standard? Shouldn’t we all pay attention?Lorrie B. WinnermanAspen
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