Vote coming on Intrawest’s Base Village plan |

Vote coming on Intrawest’s Base Village plan

SNOWMASS VILLAGE – It’s up to the Snowmass Village Town Council to set a date for the citizens’ referendum to accept or reject town approval for the Aspen Skiing Co.-Intrawest Base Village project.”We’re asking for the election to be held as soon as possible,” said Jeff Tippett, chairman of Citizens for Responsible Growth and the primary proponent of the referendum.He said mid-January would be preferable as “the community needs to get this behind them and I think we need to air our dirty laundry when the guests aren’t here.”Intrawest’s vice president of development, Michael O’Connor, said his company and Aspen Skiing Co., co-developers of the Base Village project, are ready for whatever comes next.”We were fully prepared for this. We expected they would get the signatures,” he said. “But it’s unfortunate for the community to have to go down that road.”The election won’t take place until after a 40-day protest period concludes on Dec. 26.Tippett said he suspects that the developers also want to see this issue decided sooner rather than later as the ordinance approving the Base Village project “is not effective until this election is over. It’s been suspended until the referendum is completed.”Intrawest owns Copper Mountain Resort. Summit County commissioners rejected a buildout plan there on July 12. Intrawest officials have promised they would return with another development proposal.

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