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Push for parking not over yet

SNOWMASS VILLAGE - After more questions and concerns were raised by Town Council on Dec. 10, an application for temporary use of parking spaces in the numbered lots was delayed for a second time and moved to next week's council meeting agenda.

The Roaring Fork Mountain Club, which formerly operated out of the Silvertree Hotel and offered valet parking there, last week submitted an application to continue its business at Timberline Condominiums. That application included a request for 30 permits in the upper numbered lots, normally sold to individuals, for its guests' vehicles and four spaces in lot 13 to be set aside for valet parking.

But after feedback from Town Council, the applicant, represented by co-creator Jim Light, amended its proposal to request only the four spaces in lot 13 and to park the member cars at the Snowmass Chapel.

Members of the public present stood up for both sides of the proposal. Some raised concerns about traffic congestion in lot 13, and others were worried about the council setting a precedent.

"This has been going for five years, and these people have been the only ones that have come forth," said Mary Harris, general manager of the Timberline. Harris also said she thinks the Timberline will be the only hotel affected by the club's use of the parking spaces.

"I have been below the mountain club for the last five years," said Mya Cote, owner of Snowmass Village Salon. "There were some double parking issues for sure. ... I think it does set a bad precedent for other businesses like myself; I would love to have parking passes."

John Livingston, representing the Mountain Club, presented the club's plan for using the four spaces. He showed pictures of cars passing through lot 13 two abreast between cars parked on either side.

"We're trying to show that we don't think we'll make that area as congested as some people have alluded," Livingston said.

Councilman Fred Kucker was concerned about traffic and members parking their cars in nondesignated spaces or in the middle of the lot.

"All I'm looking for is the status quo," Kucker said.

Kucker said he would accept a plan for members to park in the chapel lot and be shuttled to the Timberline.

Councilman Jason Haber said he still had an issue with the cars taking four trips up and down through the Village. He also thought it conflicted with the town's comprehensive plan and the use designated for that area.

Light requested to prepare to answer those questions and others raised and to return before the council next week. The four council members present voted unanimously to continue the discussion.

In other items, the Town Council also approved the property tax mill levy for 2013, increasing it by 0.88 percent. The town's assessed value dropped by 0.6 percent in 2012 from the year before, according to information provided by the Finance Department.

The mill levy for the general improvement district will remain the same.

At next week's regular meeting, the council will also hear a an update on the progress in Base Village from Dwayne Romero, president of Related Colorado.

jbeathard@snowmasssun.com


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