Clark Ranch development gains initial approval
SILVERTHORNE – The Silverthorne Town Council gave the developer of a proposed 241-unit housing development on the Clark Ranch the OK to move forward with his project, but suggested he consider making a few key changes. Officials approved a sketch plan Wednesday evening for Compass Homes Development’s Angler Mountain Ranch, to be built on the Clark Ranch. The project still must pass preliminary and final approvals.Compass Homes owner Tim Crane is proposing 148 multi-family units, including condominiums and townhomes, 62 single-family home lots ranging from one-third of an acre to one acre in size, and 30 cabin-style homes to be built on about 90 acres of the 192-acre ranch.The other land would be dedicated to a 12-acre private lake and clubhouse, 53 acres of public open space and 30 acres of private open space. It also includes a trailhead connection to the Ptarmigan Trail.The property consists of a steep slope that drops into a pond area, and is situated on the Blue River. It’s located off Highway 9, south of the elementary school and north of the Blue River Ranch Lake Estates.Crane’s land planner Layla Rosales touted the plan as low-impact, saying the subdivision’s roads will follow the contours of the mountain to minimize scarring on the hillside.
“We’re excited about it,” Rosales said. “We feel confident that the plan we’re looking at today works very well.”While both council members and neighbors commended Crane during Wednesday’s public hearing for offering a better proposal for the ranch than they had seen in the past, they offered a few ideas for him as well.Local architect and Summit Housing Authority board member Marc Hogan asked Crane to look into deed restricting some units in the multi-family portion of his project, or integrating accessory or caretaker units with the single family homes to address the county’s shortage of affordable housing.”We would encourage the developer to get involved and try to make Summit County a more affordable place to live so the locals who work here can afford to live here,” Hogan said.Most of the council echoed Hogan’s sentiments.”(Affordable housing) needs to be addressed and it needs more than lip service, we need some units,” Mayor Dave Koop said.
Neighbors from the South Forty subdivision voiced concerns over the proximity of the development to their neighborhood. The high-density cluster of buildings in Crane’s plan is too close to South Forty, said South Forty Property Owners’ Association board member Robert Swartz.Swartz asked the council to honor a 24-year-old verbal commitment from the property’s original developer to increase the buffer between the two properties from 70 feet to 100 feet.Mike Lakritz added that the pond and wetlands on the portion of the ranch slated for condos and townhomes serves as the last natural area between the school and the town that allows deer and elk to migrate up to Ptarmigan Mountain.”This is a very important wildlife corridor,” Lakritz said. Lakritz asked the developer to relocate the multi-family buildings to another section of the ranch.Councilmember Karla Trippe asked Crane to take the concerns of South Forty residents seriously.
“I’m not at a point yet where I’m going to tell you no, but I want you to think about being a good neighbor,” she said.Council members also suggested Crane consider adding more parking spaces in the development and reducing the proposed 3,500 square feet of irrigation for every single-family home.The property was zoned in 1984 for approximately 700 multi-family and single-family homes and a 350 room hotel. The town council agreed that the decrease in density carried by Crane’s proposal is a positive for the town.In the past six years, several projects have been proposed on the Clark Ranch, including a high-end golf course community, but none progressed past the initial review stages.Crane purchased the ranch last December from Seminole Land Holdings. Nicole Formosa can be reached at (970) 668-3998, ext. 13625, or at email@example.com.
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