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Let commissioners, developers know how you feel about The Ridge

As many of you have read in previous letters to the editor and articles in the paper, Silverleaf Resorts is proposing construction of a 136 unit timeshare development located in Winter Park Ranch. This resort development will consist of 15 buildings on 15 acres with a clubhouse and pool, which is adjacent to single family homes.

Silverleaf Resorts has said many times that they are trying to be a good neighbor and even commissioners Newberry, Baumgarner and Stuart and County Attorney Jack Dicola have also stated that they have made concessions to be a good neighbor to residents in Winter Park Ranch. Their project, The Ridge at Winter Park

Condominium, was approved for final plat by the Planning Commission on Oct.10 with a vote of three in favor and two against.

The development will have guests checking in/out with a minimum three day stay and a maximum of one week. Guests will use the clubhouse as the registration desk much like a hotel. They will also have a sales office on site to sell and market their units.

Here are a few examples of Silverleaf Resorts being a good neighbor:

Silverleaf Resorts originally submitted plans to the county for 138 units but failed to mention, and the county failed to notic,e that each of the 138 units had two kitchens, two laundry facilities and two exterior doors with lock off capabilities. This would have made the complex 276 units. When this was pointed out by a homeowner, Silverleaf claimed it was a “mother-in-law” suite. You decide if it was a mother-in-law suite or perhaps another unit.

Silverleaf Resorts will be making a monetary donation to affordable housing. Their generous donation is $10,000.

If this development were to be built in Winter Park they would be required to donate more than $200,000. Does this sound like they are trying to help the community?

This development will bring an additional 700 cars daily on County Road 804 (Safeway Hill) and Cranmer. These roads are not up to county standards now, but commissioners continue to approve development in Winter Park Ranch. Silverleaf Resorts will be adding construction traffic, timeshare owner traffic, marketing traffic and maintenance crew traffic not only in their immediate area but on many feeder roads. This increase in traffic will greatly impact the area and perhaps Silverleaf should be required to pave much more than what the county is requiring of them which is only portions of roads that lead into their driveways.

When the homeowners of the adjacent single family homes asked Silverleaf to make changes to minimize the impact to their properties, Silverleaf stated that they could not because it was not cost effective. Only after the county indicated that the project might not be approved without such concessions, did Silverleaf agree. Silverleaf also only met with residents of WPR when required to by the county and then only attempted to reach very few of the homeowners. These meetings were scheduled on very short notice and in the middle of the week, which made them very hard for full time residents to attend due to their jobs and impossible for second homeowners. Do you think they have been accommodating?

This project will be presented to the Board of County Commissioners on Tuesday, Oct. 23. I encourage you to contact the Commissioners and let them know how you feel about this project. The Commissioners can be reached at (970) 726-3347. I also encourage you to contact Silverleaf Resorts. Michael Brown, Senior Director of Planning for Silverleaf Resorts can be reached at (214) 951-0962 or mbrown@sriae.com. Mr. Brown has stated that he is always available to listen to our concerns. Please let your voice be heard before it is too late.

Janie Glos

Winter Park Ranch

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