Carbondale not protecting its infrastructure |

Carbondale not protecting its infrastructure

Aspen Times writer

Dear Editor:

(This was originally addressed to the mayor, incumbent trustee, future trustees and citizens of Carbondale.)

Are you aware that the town of Carbondale does not have a residential occupancy provision law and neighboring towns do?

Carbondale is the only town in the Roaring Fork Valley that does not protect its interest in its infrastructure.

Carbondale, experiencing growth over the years, has reconstructed ADUs in the alleys of old town, three-story buildings in downtown, provided million-dollar homes in the private sector of River Valley Ranch. But yet single or multiple investors, partners or owners, can purchase apartments, condominiums, townhouse attached homes or single-family dwellings to rent bedrooms, living areas or even garages to accommodate shared affordable housing.

There is no wonder Carbondale needs more open space, trails, recreational facilities, fields, smaller classroom sizes, parking, transportation around town and affordable convenient shopping.

Except for the protected River Valley Ranch development, only in Carbondale, your next neighbor could be a family of two dozen related or nonrelated occupants, a half-dozen dogs/cats and park permanently on public streets. Better yet, park on sidewalks to avoid snow removal in the winter.

Kathy Enman


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