Letter: Wildernest residents take stand against Lowe’s
Board of County CommissionersBob French, Thomas Davidson, Karn StiegelmeierSummit County, Colorado September 7, 2010Dear BOCC:We, the below signed residents of Wildernest and Mesa Cortina, are writing regarding the proposed Lowe’s Home Improvement Center in Silverthorne. While we recognize that this proposed project is within the town limits of Silverthorne and the majority of the impacts will fall within the town, we wish to bring to your attention those issues that will adversely affect us as residents of unincorporated Summit County and are within the jurisdiction of the County and the BOCC. We feel strongly that the following issues need to be addressed by the BOCC:1)Right-of-Way: The proposed retaining wall encroaches on the right-of-way of Buffalo Mountain Drive. Furthermore, the anchoring for the retaining wall is designed to go under Buffalo Mountain Drive which is the major access road to Mesa Cortina.2)Retaining Wall: The hillside between Silverthorne and Mesa Cortina is known to be very unstable. We are concerned about the potential hazard of a landslide on that hill. While Lowe’s assures us that the retaining wall has been engineered in such a manner that this cannot happen, they are known to have soils-settling issues at their site in Glenwood Springs. (No one thought that the retaining wall along Little Beaver Trail in Dillon could give way, either.)3)Excess Traffic: The impact of additional, concentrated traffic in and about the vicinity of the proposed project, especially as it impacts access to and from Mesa Cortina, is a serious issue. We are also concerned about the estimated thousands of vehicles daily on Wildernest Road and at the intersection of Wildernest Road and Adams Ave. While this intersection is within the town limits, it nonetheless affects the access to both residential areas, as both Wildernest Road and Buffalo Mountain Drive funnel into this intersection.4)Fire Safety & Emergency Vehicle Access: The proposed project creates serious safety concerns over the ingress and egress for emergency access to Wildernest and Mesa Cortina. This is especially troublesome when one considers the high population density of Wildernest, the wildland urban interface and the extreme danger of wildfire presented by the pine beetle epidemic in this area. Should the retaining wall fail or vehicular traffic obstruct passage, fire and ambulance access to the affected residential areas will be compromised. This is especially true given that there are only two roads that lead into the area and they converge at an intersection directly in front of the proposed project.5)Pollution: Increased air, water, soil and light pollution. Unfortunately these are items that do not respect political boundaries.6)Aesthetic Degradation: This area, known as the Silverthorne Gateway, is the introduction that visitors have coming from the east to Summit County. Not only will they be confronted with a huge big box building when they first come into our County, but the addition of a large sign to the already extremely tall Silverthorne Outlets signs will be an unattractive introduction for visitors. This visual clutter, in combination with points 3, 4 and 5 above, is very likely to have a large negative impact on property values in Mesa Cortina and Wildernest. This in turn will negatively impact County revenues.As you can see, the proposed project will have adverse impacts on the safety, health and welfare of Summit County residents that live near the proposed development. Therefore we are requesting that you look further into these issues and express your concern with the Town of Silverthorne. We are also requesting that you use whatever jurisdictional authority that you have to keep the project from negatively impacting the unincorporated areas of Summit County.Please note that we are not against development on private property or within the Town of Silverthorne. Nor are we advocating that you try to use undue influence regarding issues over which the Town has jurisdiction which do not directly impact the unincorporated portions of the County. However, we feel strongly that this particular project, as proposed, has significant negative impacts on the residents of unincorporated Summit County. We are therefore asking the BOCC, as our elected representatives, to take action on the above stated issues.SincerelyStuart & Deb LewisLori MillerStephanie RaceLiz WardNatalie WardEd & Judy SmithBuzz SchaefferLinda AxelrodEric & Nannette KotzBruce AllenRichard L. WhiteJanet C. WhiteScott LongRob & Lynn KendigNancy & Ed WidmanGale RobertsSteve and Vicki LarsonClare LeonardBob NobleSheri & Jeff LeighDave MurrayBilly Jack Mark & Anna MillerJim & Nancy CantrellHank & Carol VollendorfJoan, Joe, & Patty Gorski
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