Safeway approval means urban sprawl; elected officials are not listening |

Safeway approval means urban sprawl; elected officials are not listening

Urban sprawl in the mountains is a one-way street. If the magnificent meadows and view corridors of the Smith Ranch are destroyed by a cheap, dirty, misplaced and misguided Safeway project, they can never be replaced.

The people of our community have spoken out against this project, yet our elected officials are not listening.

Not only has our protest been ignored, but also the town planning staff has allowed the developer to request cutting the approval timetable to further negate the input of the town’s citizens.

Development could start this fall in the face of a roar of resistance.

We don’t want this, and we protest. Look at how you are violating our rights and our trust:

1. The Safeway could be placed in town, where it belongs. Is the small extra cost to the developer a fair trade for destroying the pristine mountain environment for our entire community?

2. Approval of this strip mall will surely destroy not only the Smith Ranch but allow the miserable blight of unsightly sprawl to march north up the Blue River Valley. Envision the noise, lights, asphalt, pollution, traffic lights and trash. Is this why we moved to the mountains?

3. We will violate our own wetlands ordinances, polluting the wetlands and Blue River ecosystem.

4. This land is zoned agricultural and deserves to remain so.

Let’s be accurate here. This is not about ecology or environmentalism. It is not about whether the community needs a grocery store or its tax revenues. It is about the rights of commercial developers versus the rights of the citizens of Silverthorne.

There exists, in town where it belongs, the space available to give Silverthorne residents a grocery store. Please let us not make an irreversible blunder.

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