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Don’t feel sorry for the developers

Dear Editor:

Are we all nuts? Next on the agenda is Cattle Creek, another “village suburb” bigger than Silt, including four-story buildings, 1,006 residential units for 2,100, token employee units, lux digs, commercial, retail and restaurants, a recreation center, daycare, tennis courts, pool, gas station, a school and massive new utilities!

Who can possibly believe that this proposal is wanted, needed or a solution for any of the issues that the tragic build-out of our beautiful valley has created?



There are many definitions and values to the term “growth,” and they do not necessarily include constant real estate development. Related WestPac, as a business, relies on building for survival. According to our growth-oriented Councilman Dwayne Romero, via this project, Related WestPac is “trying to stay alive and stay in survival mode.” Perhaps we could consider that our definitions of “growth” may not include being responsible for the “survival” of developers.

Related calls the parcel for this proposed new suburb “one of the largest remaining undeveloped parcels in the lower valley.” Therefore, we must agree to build it out?




The developers pitch the project “as both an alternative to high housing prices and an antidote for regional commuting patterns.” What?

Has anyone ever driven through the sprawl of linked “new villages” created in the valley area of Southern California? Would anyone really choose to live there? Shall we support developing every square inch of turf on the Highway 82 corridor just because it is there or so that developers, impacted by the economy, can “survive?” Kind of like the pressure to build massive high-end structures at the base of Lift One because the developers and biased citizens group have worked so long and hard on the project.

Even if one is not an environmentalist or an elk lover, is it really a palatable idea to consistently replace our elk habitat and beautiful, rural environment with tarmac, construction, buildings and human population?

Good God, let’s get real.

Anne Byard

Aspen


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