County, Intrawest to ‘interact’ Monday
BRECKENRIDGE – Intrawest wants to postpone county commissioner discussion of its build-out plan to double the size of Copper Mountain until newly appointed Commissioner Bob French has a chance to catch up with the issues.Monday is supposed to be the first day elected officials and Intrawest launch into a new type of negotiating session when the county holds its first “interactive” work session with the ski company.County attorney Jeff Huntley said Friday a public hearing on the development proposal will still be opened, and it will be up the county commissioners to agree to a continuance.”It would be unfair to Bob, the public and to us as the applicant to move forward with any substantive discussions on the PUD (planned unit development) amendment at this meeting,” said Intrawest regional vice president Joe Whitehouse in a letter to the board.He is requesting that the commissioners time be spent instead on setting up a procedure for Intrawest to give French a presentation while he listens to tapes from past public hearings.The request, if granted, will delay a set of special public meetings designed by the county to address complicated proposals like Intrawest’s proposal to add 1,155 residential units to Copper Mountain Resort.The proposal also incorporates two surface gondolas, 150,000 square feet of commercial space and public amenities such as parks and land for a new fire station.The ski company has said extra density is needed to create critical mass at the resort to sustain a commercial community.While the format of Monday’s meeting, set for 1:30 p.m. at the Summit County Courthouse in Breckenridge, was expected to take the shape of a work session, it will officially be a public hearing, where the public will be invited to comment.The commissioners usually don’t discuss development proposals outside the traditional process, but they agreed to the public work session when Whitehouse expressed frustration with the process after the board voted in May to continue a decision for the seventh time.At that time, the three commissioners expressed concern about the amount of increased density, the lack of affordable employee housing parking, the location of the Union Creek gondola that passes close by the Lodge at Copper, transportation issues and the ski company’s reluctance to exchange added density by transferring development rights into the village. Under the format originally planned for Monday, Whitehouse and the commissioners were to these kinds of details.A county official said Thursday the ski company had not submitted a new proposal since May.Kim Marquis can be contacted at (970) 668-3998, ext. 249, or at email@example.com.
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