Reject the Edwards/Homestead Open Space Proposal

by Homestead Resident – Buddy Shipley

Please contact the Homestead Board – and let them know you disagree with this Open Space proposal.

Homestead Residents can reach them here:  Land@HomesteadCourtClub.com

I’ve read the letters and emails, reviewed the maps and proposals, and attended some of the meetings regarding this matter, and as a result I reject the deal completely.  There is simply no value to Homestead.  Contrary to claims made in the Vail Daily, this open space proposal provides ZERO benefits to Homestead or its home owners.  Homestead has not required help with its open space for 30 years; we don’t need the government’s “help” now.

There are just too many downsides.  Homestead would become a thoroughfare for public access to the County-owned open space easement, and that would mean more traffic on the only road into the community, more cars, more parking issues, and more policing issues.  The increase in traffic and people may not be huge, but it will inevitably be MORE than we currently experience.

Then there’s the maintenance, garbage cleanup, paving a parking lot, plowing it in winter, fencing, signage, and who knows what else.  Who will pay for all of this?  Yes, it has been said that responsibility for these things would have to
be negotiated, but the very fact that the County wants to “negotiate” them means they want Homestead to pay for something, else there wouldn’t be anything to negotiate.  We already know the County wants Homestead to cough up $70,000, and Creamery to come up with $400,000.  ALL property owners have paid into the County’s Open Space tax for years, but apparently for the BoCC (Board of County Commissioners) that’s not good enough.  They always want more, more of our land and more of our money.  I say NO more.

Homestead would receive NOTHING in return for permanently giving up its land.  However, we would lose control of open space land we now own, along with all potential leverage toward unforeseen future negotiations or needs.  What does the County and EVLT propose to give Homestead residents for their land and trouble?  Not a thing, but it’s clear they want more than just our land.  Claiming the 400 acres could be developed into some sprawling complex of homes is just a scare tactic – not even the fear mongers can possibly believe their own propaganda.  Concerns expressed over possible rezoning and development of the land is just hyperbole for several reasons:

The BoCC is not likely to grant an up-zone request, let alone a development.

In this economic climate banks are unwilling to lend money for such ventures.

There is a glut of homes on the market (resale & new) and prices are still dropping.

Eagle County saw 618 foreclosures in 2010, and we’re already at 154 as of April 20, 2011.*

I urge the Homestead Board of Directors to reject this proposal.

Buddy Shipley – Homestead resident and homeowner for 14+ years

*Eagle County Foreclosures:

Foreclosures in 2006 = 7

Foreclosures in 2007 = 137

Foreclosures in 2008 = 167

Foreclosures in 2009 = 424

Foreclosures in 2010 = 618

Foreclosures  to-date = 154 (April 20, 2011)

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2 responses

  1. Spot on analysis. I am so sick of our liberal government justifying their own existence by creating schemes to “save” open space. How about working on the things you were elected to do like help real people with real problems. We have how many MILLIONS of acres of open space around us. The is an attempt to justify the open space tax with something tangible before all of us voters should look very hard at repealing the silly tax!

    • Thanks for your comment Mike.

      Yes some folks are working to get the repeal of the open space tax on this November’s County wide ballot.

      So far, the Commissioners (all of them) are showing a lot of reluctance… All 3 County Commissioners are uber-liberal democrats…

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