Need acceptable growth rate |

Need acceptable growth rate

Dear Editor:Vote for small town character in Basalt and Carbondale – to me this means determining an acceptable growth rate, and then finding innovative ways to ensure we stick to it.When the Basalt Planning and Zoning commission worked on its 1999 Master Plan, I was of the minority opinion that we should set a growth rate limit (e.g., 3 percent per year). Also, I was a strong advocate of the goal to preserve the last remaining ranches, which boarder Basalt, Willits and El Jebel, and to reward the families that shepherded these ranches for generations. I regret to say these goals were not met in the six years that I participated as a public official.I am pleased that there are strong candidates to help realize these and other goals that could lead to sustainability before our laissez-faire growth rates result in the midvalley and Carbondale doubling in the next 10 years with sprawl and big box that doesn’t pay its way.Jon Fox-RubinBasalt

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