Angler Mountain Ranch gets final OK
SILVERTHORNE – The Silverthorne Town Council gave the final nod this week to a high-end housing development on Angler Mountain Ranch, eliminating for good the possibility of a six-story hotel and more than 500 housing units squeezing onto the land.Local developer Tim Crane has planned for 241 single family, cabin-style and multi-family units on the 191-acre ranch, which is located off Highway 9 south of the Hamilton Creek and South Forty subdivisions and east of The Ponds at Blue River.The land, formerly known as Clark Ranch, has been the subject of numerous development proposals over the years, most notably a high-end golf course community in 2003, but none were approved.The ranch is zoned for 507 housing units and a 350-room hotel. Council members were pleased to see a development plan that drastically reduced the density permitted on the land.”I have to agree this is the best plan we’ve seen on the property,” Councilmember Steve Swanson said, calling the previous density “extreme.”The council quickly and unanimously passed Crane’s final planned unit development (PUD) amendment and wetland disturbance permit on Wednesday. The project will disturb .31 acres of wetlands on the property.The new PUD allows for 148 multi-family units, 62 single family home sites, 30 cabin-style homes, 92 acres of open space and a public trailhead with 12 parking spaces and a three-quarter acre trail leading hikers up to the Ptarmigan Trail. It also includes a private fishing lake, which Councilmember Peggy Long questioned whether the Angler HOA would be able to successfully police.”The fishing area back there, the pond, is going to pose big problems because everybody in town is going to think that’s a public area,” Long said.In the earlier stages of the project proposal, some nearby neighbors had concerns that certain parts of the development would encroach too much on their subdivisions, but Crane was able to work out the difference during the planning process.The only two people who spoke during Wednesday’s public hearing were representatives of nearby HOAs who voiced support of the project.Crane said he’s not yet sure whether work will begin this construction season on Angler Mountain Ranch.Nicole Formosa can be reached at (970) 668-4629, or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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