Letter: Tree Farm plan makes sense
Columnist Paul Andersen bemoans Ace Lane’s “looming Tree Farm dystopia in El Jebel” with a rhetorical flourish that ignores the actual concept of the proposed Tree Farm community adjacent to Highway 82 across from Willits Town Center (“Blocking rivers and building cities,” Commentary, The Aspen Times, June 15). As a member of Ace’s team, I am proud of the Tree Farm community’s pedestrian-friendly and transit-oriented character. It is designed for people to get out of their cars and enjoy the neighborhood. We all know that affordable housing will continue to be a concern as the population of the valley grows. The Tree Farm will consist of affordable rental housing and market-rate residential units that exceed sustainability standards through energy-efficient design, construction and energy production. In addition, it embraces the continued use of the WindRiver Tree Farm and Kodiak Ski Lake. And, with over 40 acres of open space and park areas representing 58 percent of the property’s open space, it’s hardly the stuff of Andersen’s claim of a “capitalistic crusade to stamp out the last remnants of rural character in the midvalley”! As we continue to work with the Roaring Fork Valley Regional Planning Commission, Eagle County, the Roaring Fork Transportation Authority and others, the Tree Farm plan will continue to cultivate a strong sense of community, great design and respect for this great valley in which we all are privileged to live and work.
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