Plans for Sunlight Resort now have more acreage, units
February 21, 2008
GLENWOOD SPRINGS ” The developers behind the revamping of Sunlight Mountain Resort held an open house Wednesday night to show their intentions for the ski mountain’s future to area residents. The group’s newest plan adds 30
more housing units at the resort.
That change now brings the total housing units slated for the development to
830 housing units, of which 50 would be employee housing.
Another change for the ski area’s redevelopment since the summer when
developers held three open houses about the project, is that a separate
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30-acre property has been purchased and is now included in the development
plan for the resort, said Tom Jankovsky, general manager for Sunlight
Mountain Resort. The purchased property gives the development added security
and public safety improvements by allowing circular traffic through the
proposed development, developers have said.
That 30-acre purchase also allows the developers to combine two planned unit
development (PUD) applications into one, which is expected to be submitted
to the county in early March, said Larry Green, an attorney with the
Glenwood Springs law-firm Balcomb and Green, which is representing the team
behind the project. The PUD includes the developer’s conceptual plan for the
development, Green said.
County staff sent a letter to the developers in October, saying the initial
plan submitted to the county was “technically incomplete.” Staff outlined 21
points the company needed to address in its development plan after the
company submitted it to the county on Sept. 14.
In the county’s letter, building and planning staff wanted more information
about issues that included proposed changes to infrastructure during phases
of the redevelopment, and details about when construction of the various
stages of the resort’s two developments will start and end.
“We have been working as a team since October to provide the county with
more information,” Green said.
Once the county receives the revised plan, staff will set a date for the
Planning Commission to consider the project. If the commission approves it,
the plan will go on to county commissioners for their consideration.
Green said he hoped that that the county’s Planning Commissioners could
consider the PUD for the project in May, with the commissioners hearing it
in either June or July. However, that timeline is contingent on the workload
of the county, Green said.
Sunlight Mountain Development LLC, a Destin, Fla.-based company, is under
contract with current Sunlight owners to purchase the resort. That company
is a subsidiary of MDI Inc., a development company with operations in the
southeast United States.
The sale is contingent on winning county approval to redevelop the resort.
Mike Dooley, executive vice president of Sunlight Mountain Development, said
a complete build-out of the resort would probably take about 15 years. He
said that first sort of building at the area would be ski mountain
Jankovsky said the start of building at the resort, at its earliest, could
come in 2010.
The Sunlight project would occur on 443 acres, of which 313 would remain
open space. It actually would consist of two separate developments called
Compass Peak and Williams Peak.
Improvements to the ski area during the area’s redevelopment would include a
high-speed lift that will operate in both the summer and winter, along with
a mountain top restaurant that will also operate during the two seasons.
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