Around the Summit: Affordable housing in Copper Mountain Resort
Resort announces workforce housing project
Copper Mountain Resort announced on Tuesday plans for the development of Copper Point Townhomes, a deed-restricted workforce housing project located in the resort’s East Village. The goal of the project is to provide affordable, permanent residences for members of the Summit County workforce. The average purchase price of a unit in Copper Point Townhomes is not to exceed 110 percent of the area median income (AMI).
“We wouldn’t have a successful year-round resort without our workforce,” said Gary Rodgers, president and general manager of Copper Mountain Resort. “With the development of this project, we are aiming to help area employees call Summit County home for the long term.”
Fifteen two bedroom, two bathroom townhomes with an oversized one-car garage per unit are expected to be built. The development site will consist of three triplex and three duplex townhome buildings plus a community shed and shared lawn area for outdoor gatherings.
The location of the development is in close proximity to a Summit Stage bus stop, the Summit County Recreation Path and the Copper Mountain Transportation Center. The townhomes will also provide views of Copper Mountain Resort, the Ten Mile Range, East Lake and the Copper Creek Golf Course.
The project was unanimously approved by the Summit County Planning Department and Ten Mile Planning Commission on March 10. Copper Mountain Resort plans to break ground in May 2016 with the first homes ready for occupancy in December 2016.
Applications for these homes are currently being accepted by the Summit Combined Housing Authority. Stay tuned to summithousing.us for more information as it becomes available.
Ranger District proposes Montezuma Road camping closure
The Dillon Ranger District of the White River National Forest is proposing to prohibit overnight camping year-round in the areas within ¼ mile of the Montezuma Road, between the communities of Keystone and Montezuma. This would involve an area approximately four miles long and ½-mile wide. The area would remain open to day-use activities.
Many visitors to the Dillon Ranger District have camped in undeveloped areas adjacent to the Snake River and the Montezuma Road for decades. Following a Forest Service-wide decision in 2002 to close camping within 100 feet of streams and lakes, a special order was signed by the Forest Service supervisor in 2011 to enable enforcement of that rule throughout the Dillon Ranger District. Many of the campsites along the Montezuma Road include areas that are within 100 feet of the Snake River. In the past several years, the illegal use of these sites by persons for residential purposes has increased dramatically because of the close proximity to the town of Keystone.
“Because of limited personnel and increased public pressure, the Dillon Ranger District does not have the ability to effectively manage the Montezuma Road corridor for camping,” said district ranger Bill Jackson. “The district does not have the resources to meet the enforcement and maintenance needs associated with camping and illegal residential use in that corridor,” he added. “Our single law enforcement officer spends close to 80 percent of her time there in the summer months enforcing camping regulations which leaves other areas of the district unpatrolled.”
Campfires are commonly left unattended or abandoned which could potentially lead to a wildfire that would be especially tragic to nearby communities. There are no toilet facilities, therefore, human waste is deposited on the ground, commonly without being buried and within 100 feet of Snake River. Trash and abandoned property (vehicles, campers, etc.) are often left adjacent to the highly-used Montezuma Road. In many cases, the Forest Service has to pay to remove them. Camping with all the appropriate amenities is provided nearby for the public in six developed campgrounds adjacent to Lake Dillon and further north at Green Mountain Reservoir.
For more information contact Ken Waugh of the Dillon Ranger District as (970) 468-5400.
Mountain travel pros gather for Keystone symposium
This April, the Keystone Conference Center will host the largest and longest running annual gathering of mountain travel professionals in the world. More than 1,100 representatives from more than 30 countries will establish relationships, build their business, pursue professional development and create a stronger mountain community.
The event will take place form April 3-9, consisting of a three-day trade exchange, two-day forum, four-day group exchange and three-day meetings exchange.
Registration is now open at http://www.mtntrvl.com. Registration for the full week is $3,795, $695 for the forum only, $1,595 for the group exchange only and $1,895 for the trade exchange only.
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