Turn down application
A May 16 Aspen Times editorial asked the question, referring to proposed development on Shadow Mountain, “What’s more important: infill housing or open space?”
The Friends of Shadow Mountain believe the issue is not infill versus open space, but rather the four very large free-market and two RO residences to be built well above the 11 affordable housing units proposed for street grade level. The quid pro quo for the street-level affordable housing units are the free-market residences on the hillside. One doesn’t happen without the other.
The City Council and county commissioners are again faced with complex and delicate decisions regarding land that is cherished by citizens and visitors. The face of Shadow Mountain is geologically unsuitable for development, and building on it will forever compromise the Midland right-of-way trail, open space and wildlife.
We implore our elected officials to turn down this application.
Betty Farson, committee member
Friends of Shadow Mountain
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