Wallace reminds Intrawest of too much density
SUMMIT COUNTY – Commissioner Bill Wallace is holding his ground on the Copper Mountain Resort buildout issue.Joe Whitehouse, regional vice president of resort owner Intrawest, recently met with county commissioners one at a time regarding a denied plan that would have almost doubled the size of the resort over 15 years.In his meeting, Wallace said he reiterated to Whitehouse that he does not favor density increases in Summit County without significant community benefits, including transfers of development rights (TDR).”For there to be the kind of density he’s looking for, there needs to be a community benefit for as long as the resort is in business. The days of the one-time benefit are gone,” Wallace said. “I told him I think that they’re asking for too much density.”County commissioners turned down the planned unit development (PUD) plan last July 12, almost three years after Intrawest submitted it for review.Commissioners said they rejected it because progress was not being made on their concerns with density, parking and affordable housing. Whitehouse had a similar conversation with Commissioner Bob French.”It was generally about Copper Mountain making another (PUD) application,” French said.Whitehouse asked what French thought of the timing of the application, and French informed him that the timing was up to him.Whitehouse noted that both Intrawest and the county commissioners have the interest of the county at heart.”We try to meet regularly with the commissioners on a wide variety of subjects … all of the various pieces that are important to the county,” Whitehouse said. “It’s purely a collaborative type of process.”Both of the commissioners said they had not been presented with a specific new plan. French said he didn’t offer any advice on molding a new PUD.”He was trying to get a feel of what went wrong,” Wallace said. “I said, ‘I’m not going to promise you anything.'”Whitehouse said he wasn’t asking for any promises.”We’re obviously interested in what went wrong with the last PUD, but we’re constantly having conversations with the county commissioners,” Whitehouse said.Wallace said Whitehouse basically wants to bring another plan before the commissioners, but he wants a different outcome this time.”If I were Joe, I’d really take a look at the old PUD and the feedback that was given there, and I wouldn’t make those same mistakes,” said Commissioner Tom Long.Long said it’s not his job to make people’s plans for them, and he tries to avoid it at all costs.Does Copper Mountain plan to submit another application?”Maybe,” Whitehouse said. “We don’t have one going forward.” Jennifer Huffman can be contacted at (970) 668-3998, ext. 248, or at email@example.com.
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