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Dear Editor,
Why did we bother to move to rural Colorado? My wife and I moved here, not far from Centerville, to live out the rest of our lives in the rural beauty of Chaffee County and to escape the hustle and bustle of suburbia. Now we find out that a developer has purchased property and intends on building a 200-plus home subdivision, many on one-acre plots, right across from the Centerville Sugar Shack on U.S. 285.

All these homes are to have individual wells and septic. There are many questions on whether there is enough groundwater in this area to sustain a project even half this size. My understanding is that the Envision process that was done by residents of Chaffee County identified the need to keep the rural areas rural. I realize that Chaffee County needs more affordable housing, but Salida, Buena Vista and Poncha Springs are building more affordable housing. In my opinion, Chaffee County doesn’t need a 200 home project in the middle of agricultural, rural Nathrop that will not only increase traffic but also hurt the peace and beauty of the area, decrease our property values and possibly run all our wells dry.

Are we going to convert every agricultural area to another suburb? This effects all Chaffee County residents, so please contact your commissioners and voice your opposition to this project.
Frank Pirofalo
Salida CO