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Emma finds her voice

Naomi Havlen

Residents of Emma and Sopris Creek are rallying together Monday to form a neighborhood caucus.The Emma and Sopris Creek area, close to the Eagle County line when driving downvalley on Highway 82, is one of the few remaining rural pockets in Pitkin County that doesn’t already have a caucus.”There is a lot of potential for growth in Emma. A number of large tracks of land are on the market that have been there [untouched] forever,” said Emma resident George Newman, who is helping to organize the group. “Everything is changing in the county, and we want the opportunity to be advised before something happens here. We can discuss things and give our input to the county.”Other rural areas that have formed caucuses to have a voice in the county include Woody Creek, the Fryingpan area outside of Basalt, Aspen’s eastern neighborhoods, the Crystal River Valley near Redstone and Snowmass-Capitol Creek.”When there’s an issue that affects our neighborhood, a caucus representing 50 or 60 people has a little more influence with the county, so that’s what we’re hoping for,” Newman said.Any resident or landowner in the Emma/Sopris Creek area is welcome to get involved. Newman said they’ll try to define boundaries for the neighborhood and come up with bylaws.The bylaws and boundaries will be submitted to the county’s development department and then presented to the Pitkin County commissioners. After a 30-day waiting period a resolution can be passed to formally recognize the caucus.”I think most of our issues are related to land use,” Newman said. “This is a rural, agricultural community with some large ranches, and we want to make sure that any changes are of a positive manner, maintaining the good characteristics of this area.”Anyone interested in helping to form the neighborhood caucus is invited to attend Monday’s meeting to establish boundaries for the caucus and review bylaws. The meeting will be held at 7 p.m. at the Emma Schoolhouse on the corner of Emma Road and Sopris Creek Road.For more information, contact Liz Newman at 927-3462 or Marguerite Dykann at 927-8080.Naomi Havlen’s e-mail address is nhavlen@aspentimes.com


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