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Silver Mountain, Blue River Club back on agenda

SILVERTHORNE – The Silver Mountain Village and Blue River Club projects have faded from view during recent months, but developers this week re-ignited the process that could lead to development of the properties.

Developer Centex Homes plans to build about 600 homes on the two parcels, 410 at the upscale Blue River Club and 188 at Silver Mountain Village. This time around, however, plans for a golf course at the Blue River Club have been eliminated.

Annexation proceedings for the Blue River Club stopped in June 2001 when the Silverthorne council voted not to continue them. Progress on the club’s development plans had stalled for nearly two years at that point. The upscale Blue River Club is planned on the east side of Highway 9 in Silverthorne on 523 acres extending from the Blue River to the national forest boundary.

Silver Mountain is designed, as in the past, as a locals-oriented neighborhood – absent the previously proposed elementary school site. Developers said they will likely designate about half those 188 units as affordable housing.

This week, Centex submitted annexation petitions for both properties. The Silverthorne Town Council will take a look at them during Wednesday’s meeting.

“We’re taking them to council to say, “Are you willing to entertain these annexation petitions again?'” said community development director Mark Leidal.

Developers also gave town staff a look at sketch plans for both developments, but those won’t be considered now.

“We are not going to process them at this point until we have council’s reaction to the annexation petitions,” Leidal said.

The Silver Mountain Village project is planned on the Smith Ranch, land located between the Silverthorne Elks Lodge and the Willowbrook subdivision. Centex’s proposal for Silver Mountain Village is separate from commercial developer Kornfeld Koslosky’s plan to develop 11 acres of the Smith Ranch that front the highway. That project, which has gained sketch plan approval from the council, would be anchored by a Safeway grocery store.

The previous Silver Mountain Village plan, including the school site, ground to a halt in December when the Silverthorne council voted not to continue annexation proceedings on it.

Jane Reuter can be reached at (970) 668-3998, ext. 229, or by e-mail at

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