Cattle Creek Crossing proposal again on the `Sprawl of Shame’
For the second year in a row, the proposed Cattle Creek Crossing development between Glenwood Springs and Carbondale has made the Colorado “Sprawl of Shame” list.
The list, assembled by Colorado Public Interest Research Group, or CoPIRG, a statewide citizens’ group, includes what the group considers to be the the top 10 worst developments in the state. The decision to include developments on the list is based on potential impacts to open space, wildlife habitat, scenic values, overall quality of life and the potential to create traffic congestion.
Developer George Hanlon’s first proposal for the Cattle Creek Crossing development proposed 500 residential units and 708,000 square feet of space for restaurants, retail shops and offices. The proposed development was to take place on 280 acres between the Aspen Glen golf development, Sopris Restaurant and the Roaring Fork River.
In 1998, dozens of local citizens turned out for public hearings, saying the development would create too many new low-paying jobs without enough affordable housing – worsening local transportation problems. The resistance was led by the Roaring Crystal Alliance, a home-grown advocacy group.
As a result of the public outcry, and because the proposal required changes to county’s master plan, the Garfield County Planning and Zoning Commission voted unanimously to recommend denial of the project. Hanlon withdrew the application before it went to the county commissioners.
But Hanlon and his group of investors vowed to come back with a new proposal.
Hanlon hired Stan Clauson, former planning director for the city of Aspen, to lead the effort to redesign the proposal. A new plan has reduced the commercial component to 350,000 square feet but still calls for 500 residential units. Roaring Crystal Alliance still opposes the development.
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