Wildernest does not need a new road | SummitDaily.com

Wildernest does not need a new road

R. ThomasDillon

The editorial promoting development between Frisco and Wildernest subdivision has been discussed for many years with more popularity and fervor every two to three years. Residents of Wildernest choose to live in this area for many reasons. The wildfire issue is a concern but is outweighed by the surroundings. The wildfire issue is a terrible argument to hide behind to promote growth, exacerbate developer greed, politician and environmental degradation.The comments made mention taxpayer expense from $5 million to $15 million. The range of the estimate of public cost seems to be quite large with $15 million probably being more accurate. The future construction and maintenance of the infrastructure is not mentioned or budgeted. There will be long-term budget impacts on Summit County. Frisco is for the connection for sales tax revenue and future employees. Political greed is rearing its ugly face. The wildfire issue and evacuation concerns are serious issues for most of Summit County. There are many areas throughout the county including Peak 7, Peak 8, Baldy Mountain, Boreas Pass, Gold Run, Keystone and Ptarmigan to name a few. Many of these areas are populated with numerous condominiums and homes. Most of them have only one road for egress from any emergency. Wildernest has two routes for evacuation; Royal Buffalo Drive and Ryan Gulch Road are the routes. The road proposal is from the Royal Buffalo Drive and Ryan Gulch Road intersection to the Dillon Dam Road. This intersection is on the lower-half of the development with most population density at the upper-third of the area. The area was developed and approved by the county without concerns for evacuation. The proposed connector will not be a remedy for more efficient evacuation procedures. The increased structures will add to the fuel load and fire hazards. The increase in population will add to congestion and escape route problems. The connection with the Dillon Dam Road also has access problems.There is a fire station in Wildernest that is not manned because of budget constraints. This station could be a possible solution for first response to any wildfire approaching structures. The station could be budgeted only during the wildfire season. The season could be year round depending on precipitation. The station is a budget waste presently and should be utilized. The quicker response will aid in fire mitigation.The impact on the environment, Eagles Nest Wilderness Area and the wildlife is immense. Any development will only degrade the county for two developers’ interests and greed. The loss of trails would have a negative impact for all of Summit County. The negative impact on wildlife and the corridor to Dillon Reservoir would severely impact moose elk, fox, mule deer and many other animals.This issue concerns homeowners, Buffalo Mountain Metro District and Summit County. It is not an issue for Frisco and Silverthorne. Bury the idea like it has been buried many times before, and let some of Summit County continue to remain national forest. The homeowners have thought long and hard about this issue with petitions signed and surveys completed with over 80 percent adamantly against these proposals. This issue has been discussed at great length at Buffalo Mountain Metro District monthly meetings. Stop the degradation and extinction of open space and public lands.

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