Commission recommends "no’ on KRED development |

Commission recommends "no’ on KRED development

Jane Reuter

KEYSTONE – The Snake River Planning Commission is unanimously recommending denial of the latest plans for the Ski Tip neighborhood. The bone of contention: a parking lot.

Neighbors don’t want it, and commissioners agree with them, saying Thursday it’s the only reason they’re recommending the entire proposal be denied.

But their recommendation could be a moot point after the Monday meeting of the Summit Board of County Commissioners (BOCC).

The BOCC has the ultimate authority on such issues. They’ll review the proposal, hold a public hearing and then vote on the plans during their regular 1:30 p.m. meeting.

Keystone Real Estate Development (KRED) has proposed a variety of plans for the Ski Tip Neighborhood. It battled to develop one parcel for more than year – reducing its plans from 21 to four homes – then finally giving up completely this year to the relentless cries of people who believed the area was situated too near a wildlife migration corridor.

In exchange for giving up development there, KRED proposes a 650-space parking lot on Montezuma Road.

Summit County planning staff thinks it’s a reasonable compromise, and recommended the project approval. But neighboring homeowners don’t concur.

“Many of (the homeowners) spent a significant portion of their assets to acquire their property,” said Dan Prosser. “We bought property because it is the furthest end of the resort. To bring traffic through … destroys the neighborhood.”

Other homeowners largely echoed his comments, but KRED officials said the parking lot should not come as a surprise to them.

“This parking lot was envisioned by the master plan,” KRED planning manager Thomas Davidson said during Thursday’s meeting, adding that things such as parking lots are “an inherent part of living in a ski resort.”

Davidson also pointed out the public benefits KRED is providing. In addition to removing development plans from Parcel A, it plans to help rebuild Montezuma Road, improve and rebuild a portion of the bike path and build public restrooms at the new parking lot.

“There are a lot of things we’re providing here,” he said. “They don’t come cheap.

“This project was put together with the expectation there would be a willingness from the community to compromise. We worked hard, we did our best, to come up with this compromise.”

What’s proposed

? Removing development plans from Parcel A and dedicating it as open space

? Building a 650-space parking lot along Montezuma Road

? Rebuilding a portion of Montezuma Road, in partnership with Summit County

? Transferring 22 units of density formerly proposed on Parcel A to other Ski Tip Neighborhood parcels

? Transferring 23 employee units from the Ski Tip to the Wintergreen neighborhood

? Establishing a density bank of 14 equivalent residential units that could later be built in an as-yet undetermined portion of Keystone Resort

What’s next:

The Summit Board of County Commissioners will review the proposal, hold a public hearing and then vote on the plans Monday during their regular 1:30 p.m. meeting.

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