Save The Midvalley Says Tree Farm Project Is 'Unconstitutional'

Jul 3, 2018

Credit Eagle County

Save the Midvalley is a group in the Basalt area suing Eagle County for approving the Tree Farm development; they argue the approval violates Colorado’s constitution.   

The Tree Farm will be 340 residential units and over 100,000 square feet of commercial space across Highway 82 from Whole Foods.  

The Eagle County Board of Commissioners approved the development with many conditions, one being when a property is sold at the Tree Farm, one percent of the price goes to Eagle County’s general fund.

Save the Midvalley filed a brief in District Court Monday, arguing that money is technically a tax, and one prohibited by Colorado’s Taxpayers Bill of Rights, or TABOR.

The group is hoping a judge agrees, and will rescind the County Commissioners’ approval.  

Eagle County has several weeks to respond with counter-arguments.