What’s the emergency with Ruby Placer, Blue River? (letter)
I would like to respond to the recent Blue River/Ruby Placer Annexation letter to the Summit Daily from Rich Holcroft.
The group of Blue River residents that have been challenging the Ruby Placer Annexation do not oppose the Ruby Place project. We ask that the project comply with current density/zoning guidelines and that the trustees act in good faith, recuse themselves when conflicts of interest exist and that they attempt to show a degree of interest in the community feedback received. If the trustees would respond to legitimate inquiries and engage in a productive discussion we can find a mutually acceptable middle ground.
The trustees have opted to disengage from any useful discourse on the topic and prefers to speak only via the developer’s counsel. We are troubled by the lack of transparency by the trustees and the disregard of all public input.
Let’s identify the unanswered questions;
• Where is the water coming from? Local water flows/tables have been dropping for years. Every new well costs the owner upwards of $10,000.
• The Ruby Place Annexation was passed as an emergency ordinance at the request of the developer’s attorney. The trustees have not disclosed the nature of this emergency action. Why? Because the town attorney advised the board that terms can be loosely interpreted as the trustees determine.
• The residents opposing this project have voiced “we do not want any commercial in Blue River.” The trustees will not budge on this item. Mayor Backas states “we have no plans for commercial development.” This is clearly untrue.
• This project is projected to build out over 10 years. What emergency will be resolved with a growth of tax revenues over 10 years?
• The town permitted an up-zoning of 45 units over the current zoning allowance without receiving any compensation for this phantom density? Density has value…several million dollars in this case. This density will impact our air quality, traffic, water supply, and noise.
• The town only notified owners within 300’ of the property boundary. No one else was advised this project was being considered. Our citizens have a right to be advised of a project of this scope. Judge Thompson issued a permanent injunction against the annexation in 2014. Three petition efforts were denied by Blue River. All our civil rights were violated.
• The Ruby Placer project will consist of 68 private homes, including what is being marketed as cabin homes, sometimes referred to as “Stack-A-Shacks.” If the HOA fails to uphold a quality community this will have a negative impact on our property values.
• We ask for growth within the parameters of the Joint Upper Blue Master Plan respecting, ten years of study and multi-agency involvement.
The emergency that the development was approved under does not exist.
I am asking you to say YES to force the annexation of Ruby Placer to a vote of the citizens.
Kathleen Ann Ragheb
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