Silverthorne’s Red Peak Village plan seeks approval
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Summit County, CO Colorado
SUMMIT COUNTY ” The developer behind a proposed affordable-housing project on the Smith Ranch in Silverthorne hopes to gain a green light from the town council tonight despite receiving a unanimous thumbs down from the planning commission.
Tim Crane, developer of the proposed Red Peak Village plan, seeks a preliminary approval at the town meeting to build 180 residential units with an option to add as many as 40 accessory apartments as employee housing.
The planning commission, by a vote of 6 to 0, recommended that the town deny the planned-unit development at its meeting last Tuesday because of insufficient parking provisions and concerns over the density of the development.
“Obviously I hope for approval,” Crane said of his development. “The planning commission expressed their concerns. That’s part of the process.”
The town staff is recommending preliminary approval of the proposal with some conditions, said Mark Leidal, Silverthorne’s community planning director.
“They weren’t fatal flaws in the project,” Leidal said of the planning commission’s concerns about density and parking. “They just wanted the applicant to be aware of those issues.”
The council will take all recommendations and then decide for themselves Wednesday evening at the town meeting.
“The planning commission is only a recommending body,” Leidal said. “The town has the ultimate say.”
If denied by the town, Crane could come back to the council with a modified his plan.
Crane said he understands that the town is going to want changes to his building plan, but he wants to move forward with the planning process.
“We’ve had this parcel tied up for three years,” Crane said. “We’ve worked to figure out what would work on this site and we’ve done a lot of research.”
The plan covers 51.49 acres of land on the Smith Ranch property, a scenic ranch in the middle of town known for its pastoral views of grazing horses and occasional herds of elk.
Red Mountain Village LLC purchased the property to build an affordable residential community, offering deed restrictions on half of the units. Market-priced units, meanwhile, would be limited in size.
Plans include a daycare facility, a park, open space and trails.
The Smith Ranch is not part of the town of Silverthorne. If zoning is approved, the land would be annexed.
“We’re trying to make it a locals place,” Crane said. “I have workers that need this housing. It’s something important for the community. Obviously it has to fit with the community and be something that the community wants to accept.”
If approved, Red Peak Village would be the first for-sale single-family and duplex development in Silverthorne which provides affordable housing for the community.
“Tim’s trying to move the project forward,” Leidal said. “He’s concerned about the denial, but he knows the town council is the ultimate say … The town council is very much in favor of doing an affordable-housing project on this site. He’s on the right track to meeting the needs of the community for affordable housing.”
Caitlin Row can be reached at (970) 668-4633 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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