Development concerns I have followed the “Cross Current” Columnist's inside view of the City of Westminster's plans for both aggressive level development vs maintaining a goal of expanding the …
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I have followed the “Cross Current” Columnist's inside view of the City of Westminster's plans for both aggressive level development vs maintaining a goal of expanding the City's open space acquisition and trail system initiated back in 1985.
Two concerns come to mind. One is the uncertain continued City commitment of preserving more open space and trails, which has proven to be a good idea that our citizens continue to support. No city referendum has drawn more continued support at the ballot box than the issue of funding open space and trail acquisition. To learn some of the sales tax revenues, clearly established for open space and trails, is being used for other purposes is a concern. In Westminster citizens have always been able to count on a commitment from their elected officials. Are we seeing a change in that level of confidence?
The other issue is the fact high-density development requires significant water resources, where a balance of land uses (such as is the case with open space and trail systems) results in far less demand and quantity of water and infrastructure. Securing and developing water resources is not just a matter of high-volume dollars, but simply finding a water source.
Westminster has a solid water supply, storage and distribution system that has proven its dependability in drought years. But there are far fewer water resource opportunities today than over the last decades and those will be costly.
Ron Hellbusch, Westminster
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