Revised Snake River Master Plan adopted by commission |

Revised Snake River Master Plan adopted by commission

NICOLE FORMOSAsummit daily news

DILLON – It took nearly a year and a half, but it’s done. The Snake River Planning Commission adopted its updated master plan last Thursday night after collaborating with county planners and considering public input for 15 months.Before unanimously adopting the revised plan, commissioners hammered out several land-use designation issues that were held over from their February meeting.– Golden resident John Hermanussen left the meeting with a smile on his face after commissioners voted to designate a Summerwood lot as residential instead of open space. The lot in question is adjacent to Hermanussen’s small parcel of land and he is under contract with the Summerwood Homeowners’ Association to purchase the site. Regardless of the designation, Hermanussen will still have to go through a rezoning process and utilize transfer of development rights before he can develop the property. Commissioners also said they would like to see part of the property designated as open space.– A similar request came from Front Range resident Art Fine, who owns a piece of property in Summit Cove that is currently designated as open space. He had hoped to gain a residential designation. Soda Creek runs through the property, which is near the elementary school. Commissioners opted to leave the property as open space, mostly due to concern that the property is on a floodplain, as well as the possibility of wetlands on-site.

— A particularly contentious request came from Darlene Jones, who owns a .75 acre parcel in the Soda Creek at Lake Dillon development. The tract was never recognized as having any density in the planned unit development (PUD) and instead indicates space for a bus stop and mailboxes. Jones argued that her property was never designated as open space and should not be reflected as that in the master plan. Several neighbors spoke against Jones’ request, saying it should stay how it is and not gain a residential designation. Commissioners decided to leave the designation as it, which does not preclude Jones from going through the re-zoning and PUD amendment process.– The commission unanimously decided to designate a 15-acre parcel of U.S. Forest Service land in Dillon as residential. The parcel is currently used as an employee housing site for Forest Service employees. The county tries to update master plans every five years.Nicole Formosa can be reached at (970) 668-3998, ext. 229, or at

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