Silver Mountain annexation hearing continued for eighth time
SILVERTHORNE – For the eighth time, the Silverthorne Town Council has continued consideration of the Silver Mountain Village annexation.
The council voted 4-1 for the continuance Wednesday, with Councilmember Karla Trippe voting against it.
A public hearing on the annexation of 53 acres of the 72-acre property now is set for Dec. 11.
The annexation proceedings are separate from reviews of the development plans, which came before the planning commission in preliminary form last week. The planning commission also voted for a continuance and will look at the plans again during its Oct. 1 meeting. If commissioners don’t continue their review of the plans again, the preliminary submittal could come before the council Oct. 9.
The project first came before council in August of 2000.
“The council continued it primarily because it hadn’t seen preliminary plans, so it’s tough to make a decision one way or the other (on the annexation),” said planner Michael Johnson.
Trippe said her aim in voting against the continuance was to try to expedite the project.
“My feeling is, it would move along faster if it wasn’t joined together,” she said, adding she’d like to see the project broken into two parts – residential and commercial. “I am still very much in favor of the project. But I’m concerned it isn’t coming together at the same time. I think it’s really tough in today’s economic environment to keep those two together.”
Silver Mountain Village land planner Dick Marshall said he’s content with the council’s decision to continue the annexation hearing. The group could have opted instead to terminate the annexation proceedings.
“We’re happy they continued it to allow the process to move forward,” he said. “We could always restart it, but it’s better not to, I think.”
Marshall said he doesn’t believe the annexation will be considered seriously until plans get to the final stage.
“Assuming we get there, then the annexation can be finalized as well,” he said.
Silver Mountain Village, west of Highway 9 at the base of Ruby Ranch, is envisioned as a locals-oriented community. Plans call for 181 residential units in a mix of affordable and market-rate, single-family lots, townhomes and multi-family units; a 10-acre school site; one-acre day-care site’ and 11 acres of commercial property anchored by a 58,500-square-foot Safeway.
Jane Reuter can be reached at (970) 668-3998, ext. 229, or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
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