Don’t think the Brush Creek plan comes without a public subsidy

Take out all the ancillary angst and the Brush Creek decision almost seems too simple. A philanthropist/developer heeds the call to help with the affordable housing issue in the Crested Butte community. He comes up with a plan and gets the early nods from everyone, including representatives of Crested Butte. The proposal looks good and will take a bite out …

There are better ways to use Brush Creek for housing

To the Editor: I recently returned from a visit to Santa Fe, New Mexico and was struck by the difference between the way the New Mexico Land Commission handles land development and how our own officials are handling the proposed Brush Creek development. The State Land Office traded land it owned for a 2.7-acre parcel in downtown Santa Fe owned …

Brush Creek concerns very dierent om the Snodgrass situation

Dear Mark: While it is usually easy to dismiss Norton’s Notions, as he is a stuck clock perpetually chiming out growth at all costs, I found his conflation of the Friends of Brush Creek with the Friends of Snodgrass to be particularly noxious. While one can debate the merits and impacts of lift-served skiing on Snodgrass ad nauseam (and we …

Brush Creek and the smell test

Editor: It seems to me that the chief problem with the Brush Creek proposal is that it does not pass “the smell test.” In Texas, suburbia seems to begin with a developer buying a piece of farm or ranch land some distance from an urban center, one reason why the price may be so cheap. The developer then subdivides the …

Rent-a-geddon? There is an alternative

Dear Editor: There seems to be a lot of discussion and conflict over the proposed Brush Creek Development, the Rent-a-geddon “mini-city” that developer Gatesco wants to locate at Brush Creek and Hwy 135. There appears to be a general consensus that there are no alternatives. Well, that is simply not true. A group of former developers and locals have been …

Adults need to step up and be real with Brush Creek

To the Gunnison County Commissioners, the Gunnison County Planning Commission, the City Council of the Town of Crested Butte and the City Council of Mt. Crested Butte, Colorado: My only question is where have the adults gone? If they can be found, I would ask that they please stop for a moment and look at where our elected officials are …

Author of housing Needs Assessment says Brush Creek proposal is too much

Gatesco attorney fires back [ BY MARK REAMAN ] The primary author of the 2016 Gunnison Valley Housing Needs Assessment document thinks there are some major flaws with the Gatesco Brush Creek affordable housing sketch plan proposal that is currently before the Gunnison County Planning Commission. The report by Melanie Rees was commissioned by the town of Crested Butte and …

Clearing up some council-county tensions over Brush Creek

Council backs off resolution until meeting with Gatesco [ BY MARK REAMAN ] Tension between the town of Crested Butte and Gunnison County exploded a bit early this week. Then elected officials found a way to settle it down after further discussion. At Monday’s Town Council meeting, the council was considering a resolution put forth by councilman Chris Ladoulis that …

Brush Creek begins county review process

The beginning of many months or years of meetings… The next work session on the project is planned for November 17 and will focus of the housing issue in general The first of many county meetings over the proposed Brush Creek affordable housing project was held Friday, October 20 at the Gunnison County courthouse and drew about 90 citizens interested in …

County to begin Brush Creek sketch plan review this Friday

First meeting is a work session not a public hearing [ BY MARK REAMAN ] The first of many Gunnison County planning meetings evaluating the proposal for affordable housing at the corner of Brush Creek Road and Highway 135 will take place Friday. The county Planning Commission is holding a work session on the proposal starting at 9 a.m. A …