Planning continues for new Silverthorne development
SILVERTHORNE The developer of a proposed high-end housing project on the 191-acre Angler Mountain Ranch in Silverthorne has 30 days to work on issues with neighboring homeowners before his plans can move forward.The Silverthorne Planning Commission continued a hearing last week for the project’s preliminary subdivision plan and major planned unit development (PUD) amendment submitted by land owner Tim Crane, of Compass Homes Development, LLC. Crane is proposing 62 single-family home lots, 30 cabins, 148 multi-family units, a private lake, a private club and public and private open space on the land. The ranch’s existing PUD, which dates back to 1984, allows a 350-room hotel and more than 700 multi-family and single-family homes.The Angler Mountain Ranch, formerly known as the Clark Ranch, is situated off Highway 9 south of the Hamilton Creek and South Forty subdivisions, north of the Blue River Valley Ranch Lake Estates and east of The Ponds at Blue River. At last Tuesday’s nearly 4-hour meeting, nine nearby homeowners commented on the proposal, voicing a range of concerns from the proposed buffer between South Forty and Angler Mountain Ranch to the development’s impact on wildlife and view corridors.Residents of the South Forty subdivision said they’d hoped Crane would honor a 24-year-old verbal commitment from the land’s original developer establishing a 100-foot setback from the South Forty property line. Crane, who said he wanted to have a amicable relationship with South Forty, offered a 50-foot landscape buffer in the form of a 5- to 7-foot berm, in addition to the 20-foot setback in the existing PUD. He also agreed to restrict density near the property line to no more than duplexes.South Forty HOA board president Bob Starekow, speaking independently of the board, said homeowners had not yet come to a consensus on Crane’s offer.Starekow also said South Forty residents wanted to see some specificity in Crane’s plan so they would know if he planned to stagger the duplexes closest to their homes, or create a “wall” of buildings.”Our greatest need is to avoid that massing on that north side and I’m hoping that we’re able to reach an agreement to that,” Starekow said.Blue River Valley Ranch Estates homeowner J. Kent McHose said he was concerned about the proposed placement of an access road and parking lot that he feels would encroach on Blue River Valley’s private pond and recreation path.”This, to us, to have the noise and the traffic here and the visibility and the activity here from this parking lot, we really respectfully request that these things be moved and respect our enjoyment of our property because this is really going to interfere with one of the reasons we really like living in our community,” McHose said.Crane said relocating the road would expand the road’s impact to nearby wetlands and would increase the grade of the roadway.Mike Lakritz, another South Forty homeowner, said it was discouraging that the developer hadn’t implemented an affordable housing component or green building techniques into his plans. “You’ve got one of the best southern exposures in the county on this hillside,” Lakritz said. “(There’s) nothing about even just a few homes here and there using environmentally conscious or energy-conscious techniques.”Lakritz suggested the town take an advocacy stance on such issues.Crane told planning commissioners that he’s spent the past year trying to make the best of the challenges on Angler Mountain Ranch and come up with the best proposal possible.”We have steep slopes, we have wetlands, we have you-name-it, so the plan that we’ve come up here, we’ve really spent a lot of time trying to come up with the most viable plan,” Crane said.Commissioners decided there were too many loose ends that still needed to be tied with neighboring homeowners and opted for a 30-day continuance before voting on the plans.The planning commission will consider the application again on Feb. 20. After that, the plans will go in front of the town council. Both the planning commission and the town council will see the project again for a final review.Nicole Formosa can be reached at (970) 668-4629, or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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