Wolf Creek area developer, county appeal recent ruling | SummitDaily.com

Wolf Creek area developer, county appeal recent ruling


DENVER – Mineral County and a developer who plans a resort at Wolf Creek Pass have appealed a judge’s ruling overturning the county’s approval of the project, the Durango Herald reported Saturday.On Oct. 13, 12th District Judge John Kuenhold in Creede ruled the county could not give final approval before the Forest Service approves new access. He also ruled the Colorado Department of Transportation must first issue a permit allowing access to U.S. Highway 160.The newspaper said the Village at Wolf Creek and Mineral County on Thursday asked the Colorado Court of Appeals to overturn Kuenhold’s decision.Texas billionaire Billie Joe “Red” McCombs is financing the Village at Wolf Creek, which would ultimately house 10,000 people on 288 acres. Environmentalists have opposed the plan, along with area residents and the operators of the Wolf Creek ski area that would be a main attraction.John Marks, who represents the Village, said issues will be, among others, whether Kuenhnold substituted his judgment for the county on whether vehicle access would be adequate.The project has attracted considerable publicity with opponents claiming that McCombs, co-founder of media giant Clear Channel Communications, has tried to influence public officials. The environmental group Colorado Wild says records released last year by the Forest Service show the developer’s lawyers were ghostwriting federal policies on the project.McCombs’ spokesman, Bob Honts, said the correspondence only shows the developer’s attorneys and federal officials conferring on the temporary use of a Forest Service road.The $1 billion project includes 222,100 square feet of commercial space, hotels and homes for up to 10,500 people. The Forest Service is expected to release its recommendation on a permanent road in February.

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