Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Project or preserve?

It does not matter how long I have lived here. I live here. I enjoy the open spaces, wildlife and access to all of the wonderful amenities it has to offer. I am not advocating as an environmentalist or a pro-developer. What I am advocating for is a fair hearing.

I have been to numerous P&Z hearings to get an idea of what the developer of Cove Springs is proposing. What I have gathered from those proceedings is that they have tried very hard to please every organization, both governmental and private. As far as I know, there are no other developments that will keep a working farm. They want to conserve 90 percent of the land. They will fund a conservation plan and a community where a regular person could afford a house, not only second-home owners. As well, their proposed density is like the surrounding areas. They have been open to suggestions and tried to incorporate all aspects of both criticisms and concerns from private and public persons.

I am confused as to why Cove Springs is being persecuted when its developers really seem to be proposing so many community amenities and are playing by the rules.

If this property is so important compared to other properties in the Wood River Valley, shouldn't it be set a side as a nature preserve? If the people in the valley think this property is so special, why not get together and make an offer to purchase the property? This project is raising interesting issues, and I think we need to understand the consequences of the outcome. I think it will affect our community into the future either way. Whether you are against it, for it, undecided or unaffected, show up and hear what all parties have to say about it.

Kendall Lutz


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