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Dust still settling on Copper PUD denial

KIM MARQUIS

COPPER MOUNTAIN – Intrawest regional vice president Joe Whitehouse said Tuesday the company is pausing to contemplate its options after its long-range plan to build out Copper Mountain was denied by the Summit Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) in July after three years of review. “We’re trying to look over the entire project and take to heart the comments we received from the BOCC,” Whitehouse said. “We’re also trying to take a breath of fresh air and let the dust settle on it.”The plan would have nearly doubled the residential and commercial space at the resort over about 15 years. Commissioners denied the plan July 12 because after seven meetings at the BOCC level, progress was not being made on commissioners’ issues with density, parking, affordable housing and other concerns, they said. As the ski company remains fairly quiet on the resort’s future, community planners and local businesses are moving ahead, getting ready for ski season and possibly making plans to update infrastructure such as the fire station, which in its current location is too small to serve community needs. Whitehouse said company representatives will try to attend a retreat with community leaders set for Sept. 13, but he did not make the commitment.”We’re trying to see if perhaps we can attend that with them,” Whitehouse said.At the retreat, Copper Mountain Metro District manager Elizabeth Black will be looking for a timeline or some information on when new plans for development may re-emerge. The metro district stood to gain $2.5 million worth of land to build a new fire station in the planned unit development (PUD) modification that was denied. With the denial, future plans for fire service levels at the resort are uncertain as Black contemplates going forward without a ski company partnership. “On the fire station, I don’t have an answer today,” Whitehouse said. “I understand the concerns, but it is one component to the overall master plan and PUD that all needs to be looked at as a whole and not as an individual piece.”Kim Marquis can be contacted at (970) 668-3998, ext. 249, or at kmarquis@summitdaily.com.


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