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Mike Johnson: Big boxes not a good fit for Silverthorne

Mike Johnson

This week, Silverthorne’s town council is considering another corporation’s plan to build in our community. Lowe’s recent announcement of intent to build a big box store comes on the heels of plans for a Home Depot. Not so long ago, voters in Frisco and Silverthorne turned away the Super Walmart, yet here we go again. Reacting to the economic down turn, a frightened town council is seemingly prepared to do anything for more revenue, even at the expense of the will of its citizens.

Before approving any further large-scale commercial development, Silverthorne’s town council should refresh their memories of the town’s dream. Silverthorne’s mission statement is “To provide a year-round, family community with economic, recreational, and social opportunities for all citizens to have a mountain quality of life.” And within the town charter is a prosaic description of a goal to “create a lively and vital pedestrian and village setting which enhances community identity and sense of place and provides an economic anchor in the core area.” Side-by-side big-box stores do not create the sense of place or community identity of a mountain town.

It’s not too late to get involved. Final approval for the proposed big box stores has not happened. Attend town council meetings, write letters to the editor, and communicate your desires for the future of Silverthorne. Help shape development by requesting ordinances that prevent development of large buildings; support small business tax rebates instead of tax credits to big box companies; consider a Silverthorne property tax to subsidize town expenses; and shop locally to show your support of local businesses and residents.

Enough is enough; big box stores belong in urban, not in rural communities! It’s time for the Silverthorne town council to think outside of the “box.”

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