Letter: Letter about Ittner is erroneous
October 29, 2014
The recent letter from Cavanaugh O'Leary regarding alleged unfairness on the part of Rob Ittner is complete nonsense and erroneous in its details. In any land-use application, the applicant is typically given the time they need to present the project. Public comment is typically limited to a shorter amount of time to present favorable or opposing comments. Moreover, Ittner reviewed the meeting protocol with the entire board in advance and received their suggestions, which were incorporated into the meeting protocol. Plus, it should be said that the board had heard this particular issue regarding the Celestial house three times, as the opponents pursued their endless appeals. This issue has been dominated by a small group unfortunately associated with my Democratic Party, which suggests to me that these elections should be completely non-partisan. This so-called "monster house" is smaller than zoning would allow and much smaller than the huge Pritzker compound right next door, which also is subject to and mitigated for avalanche hazards and a debris flow. In fact, the Celestial development has been approved three times now by the Board of County Commissioners and twice by hearing officers appointed by the county, but the neighbor has been relentless in its opposition and has reached out to an astonishing group of unaffected persons through party affiliation. You may want to consider whether it would be better to have an independent-thinking commissioner or a proxy for special interests.
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