I am deeply impressed with the broad involvement and persuasive arguments of so many of our local Avon and Vail Valley neighbors. As a tax-paying Avon citizen, it is frustrating to watch the issue of The Village of Avon unfold from a distance of 1,100 miles. Obviously I would enjoy the opportunity to be on the front line in person, speaking for Avon's common sense development, along with the local residents.
Fortunately, there are a great number of knowledgeable local individuals positioned to support the Avon Council's action to vote no and deny the proposed Traer Creek development plans for the Village at Avon. Hopefully you and they will listen to the voices of the larger community.
Simply put, it is time to move beyond fear, greed and the proposals of a few developers, bankers and lawyers. As thoughtful elected officials, it is time for them to push the pause button and deny the developer's overreaching proposals.
Everyone will profit by remembering Aristotle's astute observation, "The desire for more is the root of all destruction." As a wise man once observed, "Denial is more than a river in Egypt," and in the issues to be decided regarding The Village of Avon, denial will ultimately allow deeper and more reasoned thinking, discussion, and more reasonable and productive development of the Traer Creek property in Avon.
The Avon Town Council will be wise in siding with reasonable and thoughtful development that will contribute positively to the well-being of all taxpaying citizens and tax-contributing neighbors and visitors to the Vail Valley.
As Avon is the geographical hub of the Vail Valley wheel, well-reasoned future development requires and demands thoughtful, well-planned, appropriately scaled, and cost-effective development that will serve the entire community of Avon and the surrounding communities of Vail, Eagle Vail, Minturn, Beaver Creek, Wildridge, Edwards, Cordillera, Eagle and Gypsum.
However, and as The Village of Avon is developed, it will positively or negatively impact Avon and Vail Valley residents and visitors for decades to come.
To this end, each Avon council member holds one vote to make a courageous decision for the larger long-term community good. I hope they have the courage and wisdom to choose wisely and vote no to the Traer Creek Village of Avon proposals.
Lyman K. "Manny" Steil