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Copper plan before BOCC

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SUMMIT COUNTY ” Density, parking and transportation will be some of the key topics as the Board of County Commissioners starts to scrutinize Copper Mountain Resort’s latest base area redevelopment plan at a 1:30 p.m. work session Tuesday.

Technically, the resort is asking for approval of a major amendment to its existing Planned Unit Development (PUD), a kind of site-specific mini-master plan encompassing Copper’s base area.

After previously failing to gain approval for significant amounts of new density at the resort, Copper revamped its plan. Now the focus is on relocating unbuilt development rights in new locations. Summit County planners expect that the BOCC might hold two, and possibly even three, work sessions on the Copper plan.

Based on the existing zoning, Copper has 591 units of density still to be built. As now planned, 170 units would be built as currently zoned. The resort wants to transfer 420 units within the resort.

Planner Rob Pyzel said staff would be looking for BOCC direction in some key areas, including density and parking. Conversion of The Edge from its former hotel/lodging designation to seasonal employee housing is one of the big question marks.

“We’ll be asking the commissioners whether that’s an acceptable change,” Pyzel said.

That conversion also includes extinguishing about 21,000 square feet of commercial density associated with The Edge.

Similarly, the BOCC will be asked to weigh in on proposed parking changes. Copper wants to develop a hotel on the site of the current Chapel Lot and replace that parking with new areas inside the resort footprint.

Copper spokesperson Lauren Pelletreau said the resort is looking forward to garnering more input from the BOCC work session. The latest version of the plan is “balanced,” and will help ensure a sustainable future for the resort, Pelletreau said.

As it now stands, the PUD amendment would also include a significant dedication of open space to Summit County with donation of two parcels of resort-owned land north of I-70.

The golf course would see only minimal changes, with no loss of yardage.

A small area of wetlands would be affected by construction of a parking lot in the Union Creek area, though the resort’s wetlands consultant said those impacts could be mitigated.

What: BOCC work session on Copper Mountain Resort PUD amendment

When and where: 1:30 p.m., Old County Courthouse Breckenridge.

For more info: Summit County planning department information about Copper’s PUD application is available online at ” under current projects.

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