Ruth S. Hertzberg: Copper residents ignored in PUD process |

Ruth S. Hertzberg: Copper residents ignored in PUD process

Ruth S. Hertzberg
Copper Mountain

With very little fanfare and very little publicity, Intrawest has gained the approval of all three county commissioners for the new amendment to the Copper Mountain planned unit development. In spite of the testimony of nearly all of the full-time residents of Copper Mountain who were opposed to various parts of this new amendment, the county commissioners never discussed our fears and worries and forecasts of destruction of our beautiful environment.

Principally, we were opposed to changing hole three of the golf course and building seven apartment houses where that hole now sits. There are other parts of the golf course destined for change also. How arrogant of Intrawest to think they can design a golf course better than Peter Dye. Once this marvelous scenery is destroyed, it will be too late. Of course, we are all opposed to the constructions of a 10-story hotel. It could never be filled. Why did the commissioner give permission for it? While the seven apartment houses ” the so-called Creekside Condos ” are built, what will happen to the bike path? How will bikers ride through Copper Mountain to Vail Pass? These were just some of our concerns, but they were never discussed by the county commissioners.

Oh, would we had a commissioner like Bill Wallace who famously said to Intrawest, “You guys are trying to destroy the most beautiful parts of Copper Mountain, and I’m not going to let you do it.” And they voted it down. It took more than two years for Intrawest to put up a new “amendment” to this rejected PUD, which was just passed unanimously.

As for us here in Copper Mountain, we feel that our needs are not represented by the county commissioners, even though Bob French has us as part of his district. It is hard to look on and see our environment and our beautiful open space destroyed.

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