Action sports training facility plans up for review
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SUMMIT COUNTY ” Local and visiting action sports athletes could soon be practicing their most radical moves in a new indoor training hall at Copper Mountain Resort.
Plans for the facility have progressed to the point where the Ten Mile Planning Commission will consider the proposal at its meeting today, 5:30 p.m., Buffalo Mountain Room at the County Commons.
Partnering with Camp Woodward, Copper wants to build a 19,200-sq.-foot facility on a 30.33-acre parcel where the tennis bubble was previously located. According to a county staff report, the structure would primarily be located on Parcel P of the Village Center Neighborhood.
According to the Camp Woodward web site (www.campwoodward.com), existing facilities around the country offer training in a variety of disciplines including BMX biking, inline skating, skateboarding, gymnastics and even cheerleading. Camp Woodward operates three other facilities, in Wisconsin, California and Pennsylvania.
“If all goes well tomorrow, we hope to break ground this summer. And very ambitiously, offer some products this coming winter,” said Copper spokesperson Lauren Pelletreau.
According to the staff report, the Copper facility would be the first of its kind in the country, providing instructional training for skiing and snowboarding. The planned use is considered a resort support facility and is permitted on the parcel by zoning under Copper’s existing planned unit development (PUD).
County planners said they haven’t heard any controversial feedback on the proposal at this point, and Copper Mountain Metro District manager Dave Erickson said an early review of the plan garnered a favorable response at a board meeting.
“On the surface, the board wants to support it,” Erickson said, adding that the first look didn’t include full disclosure, and that the district asked for more details, including floor plans.
The new building would top out at 55 feet and encroach on about 2,470 feet of a wetlands buffer in the area. According to a report from the resort’s consultant, the required size of the structure, as dictated by Woodward, makes the encroachment unavoidable. The project won’t directly impact wetlands and compensatory mitigation will ensure only minimal, if any, impacts to the buffer.
The staff report indicates that the training center could require as many as 50 employees, with 40 of those already employed as Copper ski instructors. Based on the need to ensure adequate employee housing, county planners are recommending that the employee housing provisions of the resort’s PUD be amended before a certificate of occupancy is issued. The county also wants to see Copper’s 2005 and 2006 employee housing reports before allowing occupancy.
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