Centex presents sketches of development to public
In a community meeting at the Silverthorne town hall Thursday, Centex company officials presented sketches of a proposed development in north Silverthorne to members of the press and public.
The sketch for the development, called the Blue River Club, shows plans for 80 single-family home sites, 132 multi-family units and 16 caretaker units in addition to a lake clubhouse, community trails, a trailhead park, a public-access hiking trail for connection to the Ptarmigan Trail and several acres of open space.
“It’s not to be perceived as a big, expensive, high-end home (site) only,” said Matt Dean, vice president of the Centex’s Central Mountain Division. “There should be something for everybody.”
The plan calls for a substantial reduction in the number of units called for in the original Eagle’s Nest Planned Unit Development (PUD), which stands at 507.
“The town has always looked for that, that there’s a reduction in units out there,” said Mark Leidal, Silverthorne’s community development director.
A number of local residents attended the meeting and several voiced concerns over the impact to current developments. Larry Schick, a resident of the adjacent community The Ponds at Blue River, said the impact of increased traffic on his neighborhood worried him and he would like to see alternate routes into and out of the proposed site discussed.
“We don’t object to future development,” he said. “We knew they were going to develop. We object to their access.”
Silverthorne Senior Planner Michael Johnson said the new plans were “getting there” and that the presentation was only the first step in a long process towards actually developing the site. He said that the town planning commission and council would review the proposal and compare it with the town’s comprehensive plan.
“We like to see if they’re addressing those major plans and goals,” he said.
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