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Dillon moves to grab land


It’s unanimous. Dillon, the county’s smallest town, wants to cannibalize unincorporated Summit County for its own tax-levying interests.We suppose that’s the countywide penalty for Dillon’s continuing struggle to revitalize it’s downtown, at least for the present.On Tuesday, the town council by a unanimous vote agreed to put the 35-acre Fishhook parcel near Summit Cove in its Three Mile Plan, contemplating it as suitable for mixed use (commercial) development.That sets the stage for property owner Mark Thaemert to request annexation and begin the process of shedding the county zoning that restricts residential development to one house per 17.5 acres, appropriate development for the neighborhood.Town officials now get to say, “Because it’s in our Three Mile Plan, come on in.”There will be much high-minded talk about the “process” and the deal not being a foregone conclusion, but make no mistake, the door is kicked wide open. The town’s decision makes clear its intention – allow sprawl along Highway 6 so Dillon can feed itself some more tax revenues.A word on the downtown. It may be slow there now, but time and good planning will take care of that. Summit County continues to grow and that pressure will reinvent and over time revitalize the downtown.But for Dillon, the decision is not to wait but to provide the means for what the majority clearly sees as unwelcome sprawl. It’s a sad day for Summit County.If there is any argument for state Rep. Gary Lindstrom’s old idea of the “City and County of Summit,” this is it. A consolidation of services and equitable distribution of existing tax revenues would save the county from these kinds of mindless ideas where we think like Aurora, not Summit County.At the very least, this should be a catalyst for Silverthorne and Dillon merging into a single civic entity in a move that would make sense on police, water supply, sales tax and marketing levels.

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