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Mark the date

Dear Editor:Good news! Finally, I think the confusion can be cleared up as to whether Burlingame affordable housing has been approved and maybe the name calling can stop.But before I break the news, I think some of your readers need to sit down with their cup of adrenaline so as not to spill a drop as they react when I write, contrary to what Aspen City Councilwoman Rachel Richards, County Commissioner Mick Ireland, the HOPE group and a group of letter writers have insisted, Burlingame affordable housing project has not been approved.Some people will ask how can I say this when the city started digging across environmentally sensitive Deer Hill to put in a dirt access road for Burlingame. The city entered into contracts for development. Didn’t we vote on this already? Isn’t Burlingame built already?I know it seems the Burlingame affordable housing has been approved already but the first public hearing where council is supposed to take public input before they make a decision on the Burlingame project is scheduled before Aspen City Council on April 25.The absolute truth of the matter is, in August 2000, voters approved for Aspen City Council to enter into a pre-annexation agreement which would set forth the conceptual terms and conditions for the annexation and land use of the Bar/X Ranch. Then, just like every other land-use application, the annexation and development would need to pass muster and go through the city’s public hearing process and land-use reviews before an approval is given.Mark the date on your calendars – April 25 – the first public hearing on the Burlingame affordable housing project.Toni KronbergAspen


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