Silver Mountain Village gains endorsement |

Silver Mountain Village gains endorsement

SILVERTHORNE – The Silverthorne Planning Commission unanimously recommended Silver Mountain Village’s preliminary plans for approval Tuesday. The recommendation goes to the town council, which will review the project during its Oct. 9 meeting.

Silver Mountain Village is a mixed-use project planned for 72 acres of land west of Highway 9 and south of the Willowbrook subdivision.

Two weeks ago, the planning commission voted to continue any motion on preliminary plans to Tuesday’s meeting, saying it wanted to give the developer more time to address some of the many conditions attached to town staff’s recommendation for approval of the plans.

Planning Commissioner Bob Kieber praised the developers for being “extremely, extremely responsive” to the commission’s Sept. 17 concerns.

“It’s a major project, and there are still a lot of things that have to get worked through,” he said. “But they satisfied most all of (my concerns), and they do meet the requirements set in the general planning and zoning ordinances.”

Developers Tuesday provided a traffic and economic analysis, both items town representatives had asked for in the past. They also included more information on affordable housing, another request of the town.

Plans call for about 95,000 square feet of commercial space anchored by a Safeway grocery store, a 10-acre elementary school site, one-acre daycare site, and 181 affordable and market-rate homes in a mix of single-family lots, townhomes and multi-family units.

Bob Zimmer, representing land owner Seminole Land Holdings, gave the commission more information about phasing the development. Plans now show the commercial area and school site moving ahead of the residential, followed by the multifamily residential and the single-family lots.

Safeway hopes to start construction this fall and open by Thanksgiving 2003. The school district is also making plans for a state-of-the art elementary school on the property with plans to open it in the fall of 2005.

The project first came before the council in August of 2000, and gained sketch plan approval. Before any construction can begin there, Silver Mountain Village must also be approved at the preliminary and final levels.

In addition to gaining approval on its plans, Silver Mountain Village developers need a nod from the town to annex 53 acres of the land into Silverthorne. A public hearing on that issue is set for Dec. 11 before the town council.

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

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