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Dear Editor,

Jed Selby has proposed to increase use of the Meadows concert venue by over 400 percent. If approved, the proposal would permit the equivalent of twelve Seven Peaks festivals per year – or one each weekend of the summer!

The Meadows currently hosts three large events each year. The proposal would also allow for an unlimited number of “small events” of 1,000 people. I don’t know about you, but I don’t consider 1,000 people a small event! This level of activity is not healthy or sustainable and would result in a major decrease in quality of life and neighborhood safety. It would completely change the nature of our town.

The Town of Buena Vista does not have the infrastructure, business, or law enforcement and public safety resources to handle this level of additional visitation. If Jed got his way there would be no limit to the number of days and nights he could blare loud noise, disturbing the surrounding residents.

The proposal suggests a curfew of midnight, which is far too late. Most residents near the venue are families or retirees that require sufficient nightly rest – I know because I am one. Finally, the proposal would create unacceptable wildfire risk and impact local wildlife, even to the level of violating federal laws intended to protect them.

I encourage all concerned citizens to share their opinion with the Chaffee County Commissioners through written comments or oral comments at the Planning Commission hearing on April 6 or the Commissioners meeting on April 20. Go to chaffeecounty.org for more information and Zoom links.
Thank you,

Nathan Jones

Buena Vista