Silverthorne development meeting more defined |

Silverthorne development meeting more defined

A meeting slated for March 21-22 to discuss developing Silverthorne’s downtown area, has become more defined to include two focus groups and a specific team of leaders for the process.

The event is designed for Silverthorne officials and expert representatives assembled by partners Downtown Colorado, Inc. and the Colorado Department of Local Affairs to solicit input from the community about the future development of the town’s downtown area.

Through focus groups on March 21 and a presentation of gathered information on March 22, light will be shed on the community’s intentions for its core. The March 22 presentation, slated for 6 p.m. at the Silverthorne Pavilion, will highlight the steps needed for the town to create a “vibrant and pedestrian-friendly downtown area,” town spokesman Ryan Hyland said.

A 10-member team has been assembled to lead the focus groups as well as to perform additional duties, such as reviewing the layout of the town’s commercial area and its flow, connections to residential areas and potential for increasing its use – including ideas that can be implemented quickly and with little cost.

They’re also tasked with reviewing data surrounding what’s happening in the retail world to help develop the business inventory in the long term, reviewing current zoning and comparing it to the community’s and government’s ideas of how to proceed with developing downtown physically, and reviewing its business mix and ways to attract and retain businesses.

“I’m excited about this opportunity for the council, the landowners, businesses and the residents to really dig into the downtown topic,” Silverthorne Town Councilwoman Ann-Marie Sandquist said. “This is something that has been a council priority, and I think this is a necessary first step in determining what actions both the town and property owners need to take to create a vibrant downtown area. By combining the input from our community with a fresh look at the area by outside economic development experts, we should be able to chart out a good course of action.”

Silverthorne’s Economic Development Advisory Committee chair Eddie O’Brien said he’s heard from out-of-state property owners who intend to fly in to join in the assessment.

“Although the town can guide development to a certain degree with the comprehensive plan, it’s critical that we bring property owners to the table as they ultimately implement the development of our community,” he said.

And Mint Steakhouse owner Ken Gansmann said he’s eager to be part of the process, as he sees high potential for the area.

Those who can’t attend or who want to provide additional information can participate in an online survey at Survey questions address topics including appropriate building heights, highway reformatting or relocation, types of businesses the community desires in the area and more.

For more information, call Ryan Hyland, assistant to the town manager, at

(970) 262-7319 or e-mail him at

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