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Letter: Current Cooper Creek development plan is flawed

The proposed Cooper Creek Development in its current form has many critical flaws.

The developer often refers to the complexity of the proposal as the reason they need the higher densities approved so they won’t need the Winter Park Town Council to approve what they are doing in the future. They will sell off portions of the project, with new zoning, to individual speculators.

The 2021 Three Mile Plan states if the CCV parcel were to be “annexed into the Town, appropriate zoning for the parcel would be Planned Development to allow for a flexible design that includes a mix of residential and open space. The northern parcel should be considered for mixed use zoning due to its proximity to downtown while the southern parcel should remain primarily residential due to its surrounding uses. “ Instead, they are requesting D-C zoning and a 75 foot height exception in area EPA-5 ( the southern parcel). This is in a meadow currently accessed by Timber Drive.

They need Union Pacific approval to build a bridge to carry the estimated 14,000 car trips generated daily. There is no required time frame to build the bridge.

The 2021 Three Mile Plan states “(m)unicipal water service within the Town is currently provided by two separate districts, and both rely on local stream flows as their primary water sources. With limited water storage facilities to sustain system flows during peak water demands, the municipal water supply is susceptible to water shortages.” Who will pay for future water storage and treatment facilities?

The developer’s easements for a gondola and ski back trail to be paid for and maintained by the town counts as open space and costs them nothing.

Tom Corrigan, Winter Park

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