Home Depot development in early stage
BOX:Timeline for Home Depot approval process:1. As of Thursday morning, the application from Home Depot is still incomplete. Town staff has requested further information from the applicant. 2. Once the application is deemed complete, Town staff will request copies and send them out to approximately 20 referral agencies. The referral agencies – both internal and external to Town government – will include groups such as the fire district, engineering firms, CDOT and environmental consultants.3. The referral agencies have 25 days to review and comment on the completed application. After 25 days, Town staff will review and send the referral agency comments to Home Depot for response.4. Once Home Depot has addressed referral agency concerns, first the Town’s planning commission and then the Town Council will review the application. At this point the application is called a “sketch plan” and the project is still considered conceptual in nature.5. If the planning commission and Town Council approve the “sketch plan,” Home Depot will continue to flesh out the specifics of the project. Ultimately, the plan will still require “preliminary” and “final” approval from both Town groups. Each formal approval vote will entail public hearings, with a total of six hearings necessary before Home Depot could get a green light for the project.Summit County, CO ColoradoSILVERTHORNE – Home Depot’s negotiations with the Town of Silverthorne to build a 100,000-square-foot store alongside the Blue River near Interstate 70 are in an extremely early stage, Silverthorne community development director Mark Leidal said Tuesday.”We’ve received a submitted application (from Home Depot), but it is still not complete,” he said. The formal approval process will be lengthy, he added, with the earliest possible presentation of the application to the Town Council and Town planning commission next January or February. Leidal projected that final approval of the project would take at least six months. (See related timeline.) The retail chain’s application – initially submitted in late November – has already generated a reaction from some town citizens and local business owners. One group, calling itself “Owners, Managers and Employees of Local Businesses,” sent an open letter to the Town government attached to a petition signed by 15 local business owners.The letter expressed concern about possible economic and environmental impacts of the proposed development and encouraged intense scrutiny by the Town of the application.”We ask that the Town of Silverthorne conduct a most thorough review and evaluation of the Home Depot plan and impacts. And, we ask that the Town seek the maximum of public input on all issues related … ” the letter stated. Silverthorne resident Ann Brewster attended Tuesday night’s Town Council work session with a binder of national newspaper articles about Home Depot and a book about big box stores she has made available to council members. She expressed her concerns about the project after the meeting.”We come to communities like this to have the mountain atmosphere,” she said. “If we really need a Home Depot, we can drive to Avon.”At the end of the work session, Town manager Kevin Batchelder explained to those assembled that the Home Depot land use application is a “quasi-judicial” process and therefore any conversation about it by Town officials must be limited to public forums. He cautioned council members about discussing the issue individually.”The danger of ex parte communication,” he said, “is that it makes you liable to being recused from any decision-making process.”Harriet Hamilton can be reached at email@example.com.
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