Base Village vote comes in form of three questions |

Base Village vote comes in form of three questions

Steve Benson

Finally, the fate of Snowmass Village is about to be known.The much-anticipated Base Village election takes place Thursday, putting an end to more than four years of planning, review, speculation and disagreement.The project was unanimously approved by the Snowmass Village Town Council in October, but a referendum was launched by an opposition group in December, sparking the final vote from the community.The 1,772 registered voters – there are 384 absentee ballots – of Snowmass Village will be asked to cast a simple yes or no vote on Base Village, but it will come in the form of three separate questions.If you want Base Village, vote yes on retaining ordinances 21, 24, and 26 – the three ordinances that allowed for the approval of Base Village. If you don’t want Base Village, vote no on all three ordinances.The Snowmass Chapel, located at 5307 Owl Creek Road in Snowmass Village, will serve as the town’s lone polling station on Thursday. The polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.Results should be known by late Thursday night if the election is lopsided. But if the race is as close as some believe it will be, a challenge could delay the official results. The town clerk is allowed up to 10 days to determine the results. Several poll watchers will be observing the election throughout the day.While some in the community have been opposed to the project since its proposal, the extreme outward division began to flare up only in the past year. Word is that the past few weeks have been incredibly tense in the small mountain community, and the disagreement over the development has damaged some long-lasting friendships.Opponents of the project argue that Base Village is simply too big and will forever tarnish the unique character of the valley. Proponents claim the project is a necessity in order to keep the village afloat in an increasingly competitive ski resort market.Steve Benson’s e-mail address is

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