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Opposes vision of Heritage Park

Cindy Petrehn

Once upon a time Eagle County had a vision. It included open space, clean air, and minimal traffic, an environmentally friendly county offering a simple life in a nice place to live. But it seems, not anymore. It seems now that if you ask, you can build it in Eagle County.

We moved to the mountains to get away for the city. We moved to Edwards to live in a rural area.

There is a glut of housing now and an enormous amount of new housing approved. There are currently over 60 home-for-sale listings in Homestead alone, 240 new units approved for the Equestrian Center development and another 240 units just approved for the airport parcel in Avon, and that is only a portion of what is being built. The need is not there.

The proposed 24-unit Heritage Park is on 10 acres adjacent to Homestead and is a development that is not needed. It is double the density of the surrounding development of Homestead. The number of units do not fit on the tiny parcel that is now zoned agricultural and sits on the top of a steep hill.

That property was meant to be a single-family parcel when Homestead was built. The proposed development will have to offer overpriced homes on small parcels in order to justify the price of the land.

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The access to the Allen Parcel is the size of a driveway leading directly downhill into another driveway. That will be especially dangerous in the winter with icy roads. It will at least triple the traffic on the narrow Allen Circle and add to the crazy traffic in and out of homestead on a daily basis.

There are 17 homes on Allen Circle, and it is too busy now. It’s not safe for children or families now. Our one home has four vehicles. Add 24 units plus some with lock-offs and imagine the additional traffic. We will need stoplights to control the flow, and we might just as well move to Denver.

Is this really the vision of Eagle County? I believe that it is not. I trust that the Planning Commission and the county commissioners will send this back to the drawing board and put it within the guidelines of the surrounding areas. Including density, building height, traffic and overall need and purpose.

Please keep some vision for Eagle County and let it not be 20-20 hindsight.

Cindy L. Petrehn

Bush to blame

I’d like to add a few comments to Thomas Hohn’s Letter of May 24 regarding the Bush administration’s anti-environmental mission.

First, thank you for the summary of Bush’s actions. Maybe it will wake up some of the sleepy constituents in our area. Lord knows the media hasn’t bothered to cover these issues even though they affect us all so dramatically.

Here’s a few more points to add to the list:

n In the first weeks of the Bush presidency, White House Chief of Staff Andrew Card issued a memo to all federal departments to freeze all pending regulatory actions. Regulations that had not yet been published in the Federal Register were withdrawn, and all regulations not yet in affect were suspended for 60 days.

Since then, many of the environmental regulations passed before Bush took office have been weakened or killed. Is this even legal?

n Houston, Texas, is the most polluted metro area in the country, according to the EPA’s own statistics for 2001. If Bush won’t help clean up his home state, what hope does the country have?

n According to the EPA, mining activities on Western lands have polluted 40 percent of watersheds. Add to that the EPA’s assessment that more than 40 percent of all surveyed waterways in the United States are polluted and we have a big problem. Problem is, Bush opened Western lands to new mining, AND lowered standards for drinking water!

n Despite his public relations ploy to end U.S. dependence on foreign oil by drilling public lands, truth is energy and mining companies around the globe are getting permits through the new streamlined BLM permitting procedures that cut out public comment.

I invite all you skeptical readers out there to visit the Vermillion Basin in northwestern Colorado or Utah’s Redrock Canyonlands. Both these areas are threatened by new mining and drilling permits with no requirements that the land is returned to its pristine conditions when the operations are finished.

Better yet, go to nrdc.org and read the scathing 50-page report on all the ways our current administration is dooming us to undrinkable water and unbreathable air.

Lucy Costello


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