Commissioners should reject Keystone parking lot site plan |

Commissioners should reject Keystone parking lot site plan

Melanie Toler - Keystone and Cincinnati

This site plan for the Powerline parking lot on Montezuma Road at Keystone should be denied by the Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) just as it has been denied by the Snake River Planning Commission.

From a legal standpoint, Vail Resorts did not comply with the BOCC-mandated parking analysis or the BOCC-mandated community-based needs analysis.

Then when requested to amend its analysis and bring it into compliance, it boldly and arrogantly refused. Consequently, it has ignored pertinent facts that impact the decision. How can such action be accepted? It certainly wouldn’t be tolerated from an individual citizen.

When the BOCC reviewed this proposal in 2002, the Jones Gulch lift was planned.

Now that plan has been removed, eliminating Keystone’s major reason for the parking lot. To support Vail’s parking lot site plan just to receive the promised $200,000 toward repaving of Montezuma Road is short-sighted.

It is proper that Vail’s support should be obtained because trucks used to create its real estate developments along Montezuma Road damaged it.

As a homeowner of nearby property, you could easily argue my motive is to block any development of said property. I took no issue, however, with the maintenance facility to be built adjacent to the proposed parking lot.

I urge the county to separate the two issues – the parking lot and the $200,000 of promised money for repavement of Montezuma Road – and reject the Powerline parking lot site plan.

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