Vail Resorts presents new plans for Peak 8 |

Vail Resorts presents new plans for Peak 8

Jane Stebbins

BRECKENRIDGE<Officials at Vail Resorts Development Co. have abandoned a proposal to build trophy homes on Peak 8 after neighbors complained development there is inappropriate.The proposed area was an island of trees in the middle of Trygve’s ski run.Now, the company proposes building 18 homesites between Four O’Clock Run Road and the ski area maintenance building at the end of County Road 708. The plans were outlined in a town planning commission meeting Tuesday night.The master plan that governs the area dates back to 1986, and permits 22 homes on the 13.3-acre site. A plan outlined in 2000 proposed building 12 homes in the area<three of which would be accessed via a road over Trygve’s ski run. Numerous homeowners spoke out against the proposal, saying it would ruin the character of the ski run.”This is a huge step forward,” said Commissioner Ken Boos. “It’s a lot less contentious than other plans.”It still has its issues, however.Much of the evening’s discussion centered around two trails that run through the property and how they could be preserved.The proposal submitted Tuesday would relocate a trail that meanders through the Mountain Lots property to the north, between that land and the homes along the south side of Four O’Clock Run Road.”Now that trail goes through the forest, the woods; it’s beautiful,” said Brian Wilson, a homeowner in the Four O’Clock subdivision. “Moving the trail, it won’t be the same, especially when people go past my house in the summer and my kids are playing basketball and listening to rap music.”Commissioner Eric Mamula agreed<to a point.”It’s kind of selfish of me; I use that trail as a cross-trail to get on the mountain,” he said. “But as we become a little more urban and the town core spreads out, there are areas where trails are going to have to be next to kids playing basketball. I’d appreciate any connection that lets me get around or through there in the summer.”Vail Resorts also proposes to reopen the upper portion of Four O’Clock ski run that was closed when CR 708 was built and dedicate it as a private trail for homeowners in the area. Reopening the trail, however, would require skiers to remove their skis twice<to cross the new road in the subdivision and CR 708 below.Blue River resident Barrie Stimson said the old Four O’Clock ski run is “screaming to be brought back into use,” and would provide good ski-in/ski-out opportunities for homeowners in that area. Vail Resorts officials said they’d like to consider building bridges or tunnels in the area to help skier access.Commissioners want to see square-foot limitations imposed on lots smaller than a half-acre. They also want the developer to work with the town’s open space and trails department to improve trails in the area. Commissioners suggest the company redesign the building envelopes proposed on the lot at the intersection of CR 708 and Four O’Clock Run Road and possibly even eliminate some of the lots on steep slopes.Overall, however, commissioners said they were pleased with the changes made to the subdivision plans and that developers were to be commended for listening to concerns about homesites on Trygve’s ski run.”I hope as you go through your development plans you’d use this as a guideline,” said Commissioner David Hinton. “That way we don’t have to go through a couple iterations of it.”Jane Stebbins can be reached at 668-3998 ext. 228 or

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