Development affects Fraser Valley meadow more than initially thought |

Development affects Fraser Valley meadow more than initially thought

To the Editor:

We have been weekend residents for almost 30 years. Like may who visit Fraser on weekends, we chose Fraser because it was a small town with community-oriented locals and not a large developed area like Keystone and Vail. Of course, the larger developers have finished in Summit and Eagle counties and have found Fraser ” and who can blame them?

So I watched the first proposals for Grand Park in the ‘Manifest’ as the development was presented to the town council and was thrilled to see a focus to retain the meadow. The meadow is not only beautiful in its own right, but is key in tying Fraser/Tabernash to Winter Park.

Over the past months, I was shocked to see more of the meadow disappear than I recall from the drawings. I know there has been great controversy over the sign, which looks like it is the size a small shopping center. But on last trip, we saw a berm almost the length of the entire meadow blocking all views of what was a jewel of the area. I am curious how this was approved by the town?

If this was an oversight, we need to think about the experience of this on the council. I rarely take action on issues like this, but this is such a travesty it cannot go without comment.

I also understand that the Grand Park homes are not selling, and it will be very sad to see the meadow torn up and hidden and then have the project abandoned after the damage is done. I am curious how this happened; is there some story here, have town values changed, or is it an oversight?

Suzanne McNitt

Fraser, part-time

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