Copper base area plan gets BOCC hearing |

Copper base area plan gets BOCC hearing

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SUMMIT COUNTY ” Invoking a challenging national economic picture, numerous Copper Mountain residents and property owners urged the Summit County Commissioners to approve the resort’s base-area redevelopment application.

“We chose to relocate to Copper because of this …,” said Grace Covington. “It means more commerce, more revenue … especially in these tough economic times we need all the help we can get. If Intrawest and Copper and Fortress are willing to invest, let them.”

Other residents, especially in the Copper Valley neighborhood, still say they will feel the brunt of the new development and protested the effects on quality of life, including views, to existing residents.

The comments were made Friday at the first of two special meetings to review Copper’s plan, several versions of which have been scrutinized during the past nine years.

Copper is looking to redistribute about 420 units of equivalent density at the resort, along with other changes, in an effort to generate a critical mass of activity at the core of the resort.

The hearing continues at 1:30 p.m. July 29 in the county courthouse in Breckenridge.

Friday’s hearing focused on density, development and affordable housing.

Copper vice president and general manager Gary Rodgers outlined the long process of working with resort residents to finalize the plan.

“We’ve had to get very creative to find appropriate development sites,” Rodgers said, describing the large condo-hotel on the Chapel Lot site as a cornerstone for the redevelopment plan that will anchor the resort from the east.

Rodgers also described plans for new single-family homes in the A-Lift neighborhood, another element of the plan that has drawn some critical looks.

He said the resort hasn’t done much design on that area but that it’s a suitable location for golf course-fronting, ski-in, ski-out development.

Some questions from the commissioners focused on how Copper will address employee and affordable housing needs.

“I’m not going to tell you to put Tater Tots on the menu on Mondays … but we want some assurance that when occupancy gets to a certain level, you’re going to feed people,” Commissioner Thomas Davidson said, referring to a cafeteria in The Edge, where small employee housing units preclude cooking.

Looking for consistency, Davidson also asked how Copper’s planned deed restrictions fit in with a county wide template developed by the Summit County Housing Authority.

Authority director Jennifer Kermode said she worked closely with the resort to develop those guidelines and to make sure they are in harmony.

Frisco resident and Copper property owner Bob Bloch said he realized that there will be some impacts to existing residents of the resort, but that the overall result is desirable.

“You give up something for the greater good,” Bloch said.

Bob Berwyn can be reached at (970) 331-5996, or at

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