Maryland Creek Ranch owner looks into Silverthorne annexation
SILVERTHORNE – Maryland Creek Ranch owner Tom Everist recently began talking with town officials about bringing his property into Silverthorne boundaries.
Silverthorne development regulations might allow a higher density of development than Summit County regulations would.
Last year Everist said he might apply for annexation into Silverthorne, where he possibly could build one house per five acres. County regulations tentatively would allow him to build up to one house per 17-35 acres.
Currently the Everist Materials mining operation on Highway 9 occupies 220 acres of the 1,053-acre Maryland Creek Ranch.
In anticipation of the future development on the property north of town, Everist and his project director, Bob Knous, talked with town planners about a possible annexation twice the past month.
Everist and Knous also have met with Summit County planners because the entire property is still unincorporated, just outside of town limits.
The southeast corner of the Maryland Creek Ranch touches the Raven Golf Club at Three Peaks in northern Silverthorne.
Developers have been familiarizing themselves with growth guidelines for the Blue River corridor and Silverthorne, Knous said.
No formal application for annexation has been submitted by Maryland Creek Ranch, said Mark Leidal, community development director for Silverthorne.
Everist has not decided what portion of the 1,053 acres he would petition for annexation into Silverthorne.
In their first appointment with Leidal at Silverthorne Town Hall last month, the Maryland Creek Ranch owners discussed what they might develop on the land if it is annexed into Silverthorne. Everist has said he is considering residential development.
In the second discussion with planners at town hall, Everist and Leidal talked about what fiscal impacts the annexation and a subsequent development would have on the town.
Silverthorne does not collect a property tax expressly for the town. Town expenses, such as employee salaries, street maintenance, and parks and recreation funding, come only from sales tax and fees.
In addition to operating the Everist Materials mining operation, Everist sits on the town’s Economic Development Task Force. The task force formed last year to advise town officials on economic development matters such as marketing the town and building a better town core along the Blue River.
Silverthorne last year was recognized by the Denver Business Journal as one of the ripest areas in Colorado for growth. Residents in the town are split on the issue: Some say economic development in town is crucial, while others say they do not want sprawl.
Last year, Everist Materials won a mining industry award for reclamation efforts on the other side of Highway 9. The 63-acre operation closed six years ago.
On the reclaimed land, three buildings or houses eventually might be built on seven of the 63 acres. One house is under construction by the new owner of the property, Randy Winegard. The remaining acreage is ponds.
Because Everist has not submitted an official request to be included into the town, no public meetings are scheduled yet.
Christine McManus can be contacted at (970) 668-3998, ext. 229 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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