Letter to Editor: Educate yourself on Lift One proposal
I am not someone who would condescend to tell someone else how to vote. I would, however, encourage would-be voters to get all the facts before making up their minds.
I have heard myriad descriptions about what is happening on the 1A side of Aspen Mountain, and a lot of what I have heard is simply not true.
The city of Aspen voter, who will be solely responsible for getting the Lift One development green lighted, or stopped, should know the definition of conservation zoning (it does allow for development, including private residences and is not conservation in the sense of elk roaming free). Voters should know what parts of the project are — and aren't — historically designated; how much employee housing will be provided and the safeguards for more housing two years from now; who will be paying for what and what it will, or won't do to your taxes; what really is going to be allowed, eliminated and altered.
If you are passionate but ill-informed, your vote might be wasted. There are several informational opportunities available to the city of Aspen voter. The next three Fridays at Gorsuch Ski Café from 3:30 to 5 p.m., and a comprehensive site visit from 10 a.m. to noon on Feb. 23, will tour you through the project. Go to one of these, or all of them. Ask the hard questions. Get real answers. And then vote.
Jacqueline Ruger Hutton