Auto storage yard highlights need for be Auto storage yard highlights need for better planning and place for cars |

Auto storage yard highlights need for be Auto storage yard highlights need for better planning and place for cars

Dexter L. WigginsSilverthorne

I am writing concerning the proposed auto storage facility at 4th and Brian Avenue for Ski Country Towing. I have attended the planning commission meetings and spoken to the tenants who would be running the yard, and yet I am still confused. What happened to the proposed overall plan to improve the look and feel of Silverthorne? All residents within this small community near the Summit County Christian School (old Silverthorne Elementary) are fully aware of the zoning mixture of commercial and residential, we have decided to live in the neighborhood anyway, because we can deal with what is already there. UPS, the post office, Federal Express and myriad other businesses, not to mention factory stores, all are welcome to our community.What is disturbing is not the proposed storage yard, but the lack of planning and foresight for towing within Summit County. I assume Silverthorne needed an elementary school back in the day, and then rezoned for the school, and to make things look better for the school, rezoned for residential.We must now take the opportunity to stop just putting out fires on a case-by-case basis, but focus on the future plan and growth in Silverthorne.A towing yard added to the rest of the commercial density next to residential makes no sense.Some residents argue there will be noise, large trucks, traffic, loss of property value, etc. I would like to add to this list of concerns the fact that this small lot zoned C2 will not solve problems associated with much-needed land for car towing storage. I have heard that there is another more sensible alternative, but because of no planning and the words spoken (It would be a hassle, or we do not want the liability) everyone involved folded their hands. So here we are: Another small town with no vision or work ethic to get the job done. Please explain how an abandoned car is more a liability than a discharged firearm in the same vicinity as the garbage dump, the cars and trucks could be stored in a place conducive to abandonment, all towing companies would benefit from the use and access. Why on earth would you disrupt a neighborhood if you do not have to? Take care of this problem with forethought and sensitivity to the community and the plan for Silverthorne’s future.To address the applicants, I have found the family to be wonderful people who obviously love the county and the people within. That being said, we must find a viable solution that does not involve the statement, “Well there is no other C2 land available, so we must put it here.”

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