Vail Daily letter: Join fight vs. Habitat plan
June 11, 2013
I would like to thank the many valley residents and second-home owners who have come to the support of Homestead residents in raising awareness of the far reaching consequences to open space in the county (and the litany of other issues) should the Eagle County commissioners approve the Remonov Co.'s Tract K proposal to take open space away and approve high-density, low-income housing in a flood plain.
For those who are not aware of this issue, please visit http://www.tractk.com and learn about why this is an important land use issue for all of Eagle County.
This web site was put together by several Homestead residents to lay out the facts and information, as well as to petition the Eagle County Board of County Commissioners to uphold the recommendation of the Planning Commission and honor the concerns of six other governing entities in Edwards and to deny approval.
One important update to those following this: The Remonov Co. and Rick Mueller have requested the hearing before the county commissioners to request approval be moved to from June 18 to July 9. This is after the planned July 1 departure of Jon Stavney from the Board of County Commissioners, and means that the matter will be heard by Jon's yet-to-be-named replacement.
Assuming Jon does not delay his departure, the Colorado Independent Ethics Commission inquiry into the propriety of Jon's voting on this approval (given his long association with the Habitat for Humanity Board and co-director Rick Mueller, who is also the president of Remonov Co.) will be terminated.
In addition to the requested denial of the proposal to rezone Tract K, the online petition also asks Jon Stavney to recuse himself due to his association with the Habitat board. While that will be a moot point if Stavney does depart on schedule as expected, it is still important for those who oppose this land use change of open space to high-density multi-family to register their opposition by signing the petition (and attending the July 9 meeting) as we must convince at least two of the three commissioners to vote "no."
The petition verbiage cannot be changed once it has signatures for obvious reasons to reflect the fact that the Stavney vote issue is now a moot point.
As of June 10, we have 121 signatures and hope for many more before the July 9 meeting. If you have already signed, please continue to spread the word about the website and petition.
If you are unaware of this issue, please check out http://www.tractk.com and learn the facts of why this is a bad idea for everyone in Eagle County.