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Scurrilous accusation

Dear Editor:Up to now we have stayed out of the public discussion of Burlingame in the Aspen press, even though the claims of the project’s opponents have become more and more outrageous as they have failed to obtain the number of petition signatures they need to try and prevent Aspen from housing its working population.However, Scott McDonald’s letter of Jan. 19, accusing us of “backroom negotiations” with Rachel Richards “for special development concessions” is a new low point. Every piece of negotiation on the annexation of our property was conducted with City Council in the presence of senior city staff, other than negotiation of some minor technical and legal issues, which, at the council’s request, were negotiated with the city attorney or senior staff at the Community Development Department. There have never been any “backroom negotiations” with any members of City Council. As for “special development concessions,” this project generates more affordable housing, less free-market density and more open space protected by conservation easements than if our property had been developed in Pitkin County under our pre-existing zoning and the county land-use code. In fact, it is we who have made “special development concessions” in these negotiations because we so strongly support the community’s goals of creating affordable housing and protecting open space.Mr. McDonald, your accusation is scurrilous, and you owe us and Ms. Richards an apology.Pamela Zolineand the Zoline FamilyTelluride


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