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Developers tweaking Sunlight plan

Phillip Yates
Glenwood Springs correspondent
Aspen, CO Colorado

GLENWOOD SPRINGS ” The paperwork wasn’t in order.

So Exquisite Development, the company behind an ambi­tious plan to transform Sunlight Mountain Resort near Glenwood Springs into a possi­ble 800 housing-unit development, is now crossing its “t’s” and dotting its “i’s” as the company prepares to resubmit its redevel­opment plan to the Garfield County Building and Planning Department for review.

County staff sent a letter to Exquisite Development on Oct. 1 saying its initial plan submitted to the county was “technically incomplete.” Staff outlined 21 points the company needed to make to its development plan after the company submitted it to the county on Sept. 14.

Mike Dooley, executive vice president for Exquisite Develop­ment, said the company plans to again resubmit its plan to the county in mid to late January. He said the company is in the process of making sure everything in its application is correct, but added that the company is considering making a few changes to its development plan.

“If changes are made, we will host another [public] meeting as we have in the past,” Dooley said Tuesday.

Fred Jarman, the county’s building and planning director, said once the county receives the edited plan, staff will set a date for the planning commission to consider the project. If the commis­sion approves it, the plan will go on to county commissioners for their consideration.

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Exquisite Development, a Destin, Fla.,-based company, is under contract with Sunlight owners to purchase the resort. However, the sale is contingent on winning county approval to redevelop the resort.

Housing proposed at Sunlight is more than what has been approved for Spring Valley Ranch ” one of the largest develop­ments ever proposed for Garfield County, with 577 homes.

“Sunlight is a very big project,” Jarman said.

The Sunlight project would occur on 443 acres, of which 313 would remain open space. It actually would consist of two sep­arate developments. Compass Peak would total almost 300 acres, bisected by Fourmile Creek. Nine neighborhoods would have a total of 576 units, including 50 employee housing units.

The Compass Peak units would be a mix of residential, hotel, multifamily, condominium and fractional ownership properties. They would include six single-family homes, 27 duplexes and 542 multifamily units, and 75,000 square feet of commercial space.

Compass Peak would include a lift connection to the moun­tain base. It would be built out over 15 years, with 369 units and the lift connection not constructed until the final of three phas­es.

The second development, called Williams Peak, would be nearly 150 acres and would be built over eight years. Its eight neighborhoods would include 224 units, including 73 single-­family homes, 68 duplexes, 83 multifamily units, 20,000 square feet of commercial space and a 5,000-square-foot outdoor recre­ation center.