Silverthorne approves final piece of Angler Mountain development
August 19, 2016
Nestled between the Gore Range and Ptarmigan Mountain, the final phase of Angler Mountain Ranch will soon break ground after the town of Silverthorne gave its stamp of approval. Lakeside Townhomes, a smattering of duplexes and triplexes on nearly 33 acres of land, will round out the development located at the north end of Silverthorne.
Town council unanimously voted in favor of the final site plan on Wednesday, May 25 — nearly a decade after initial plans for Angler Mountain Ranch were approved in 2006.
"It's really exciting for me to come here 10 years after starting this project with the final phase," said developer Tim Crane of Compass Homes, LLC.
In total, the project will feature a total of 29 units, including seven duplexes and five triplexes, for a net density of 4.2 units per acre. In total, the completed project would result in a total of 127 units in Angler Mountain Ranch
"When Tim did the PUD years ago, he had always contemplated doing these kind of units around that lake area," Silverthorne assistant town manager Mark Leidal said. "Now that the economy's picked up, the units he's building seem to be in demand."
Local broker John Williams said the homes would be up for presale since the town approved them. Triplexes are currently listed between $699,000 and $799,000, and duplexes have not yet been released for pricing.
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"These are the final phase of the master plan," he said. "The views there are absolutely stunning."
The expansion will back up to private open space and wetlands in Angler Mountain Ranch, bordering the nearby South Forty neighborhood. Just off Flyline Drive, a new, one-way private access lane would be constructed to allow access to the area.
As requested by the South Forty Homeowners' Association, a berm would also be constructed around the planned development.
"The idea was to avert most headlight beams at night," Crane added.
While there had been some discussion in the past regarding the proposed density of the development.
Most neighbors in the surrounding area were satisfied with the developer's efforts to address their concerns, but wanted the berm to be extended further in light of the density of Lakeside Townhomes compared with the nearby South Forty Neighborhood.
"It's mainly to help mitigate impacts of slightly higher densities adjacent to south forty residents who have been there for a slightly longer time," Assistant town manager Mark Leidal said.
At the time of the preliminary site plan proposal for Lakeside Townhomes in 2014, neighbors just north of the development expressed concern regarding the density and view corridors.
"We really tried at that time to address the density," said Sharon Swartz, a resident who lives just north of the proposed development.
"I want to commend the developer for working with us," said Peter Wessel, another South Forty neighbor. "I think the developer has done everything possible."
He did request the town's cooperation in further extending the berm and creating a water quality pond.
Another neighbor spoke at Wednesday night's meeting, concerned about the potential effects on the nearby wetlands. He said beavers had previously resided at a pond between town-owned open space and South Forty land just north of the proposed development.
"You'd be voting on developing property on both sides of this old beaver pond," South Forty resident Eli Robertson said. "Will the beavers be welcome back? If we do let them back, the wetlands could be restored."
He also implored the town to further investigate the disappearance of the dams, adding, "It warrants a few questions asked."
Leidal said they had used aerial mapping an other tools to conduct and investigation. The result?
"It didn't recently happen," he said. "It's been years since someone removed the beaver dams."
To prevent disturbance of the wetlands, the final site plan shows limited landscaping within a 25-foot wetland buffer. In addition, a planning commission staff report noted the proposal would not disturb nearby wetlands or affect geologic hazard areas.
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