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Keep the view; don’t rezone

Rick Warren, Silverthorne

I am a full-time resident of Summit County. The past couple of days, I have spent many hours standing on the side of the Silverthorne streets with a “VOTE NO” sign for the Dec. 9 Safeway rezoning vote.

I have been very encouraged by the number of passing motorists’ thumbs up for the thumbs-down vote.

It is satisfying to see a large number of people supporting the “No Strip Mall” and “Save the Open Space” message.

In a letter to the editor published Nov. 20, a rezoning proponent stated that the owner of the property purchased it for development.

What she failed to state is that the owner purchased the land knowing very well that it was zoned agricultural, not commercial.

Just because a developer buys agricultural property doesn’t give him the right to build anything he wants. He has to comply by zoning regulation, just like the rest of us.

This property is a portion of the last view corridor in Summit County. Don’t be fooled by the statement that this is only 11-acres. Developers are waiting in the wings to wipe out the remaining 70-plus acres.

The city council approved a Comprehensive Development Plan that stated that commercial development be concentrated in the core and stop at 13th Street. There are parcels within the core that could accommodate a grocery store. By voting no Dec. 9, Silverthorne would have its “cake and the view, too.”


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