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Kodiak Park back with more changes

A midvalley development project with as many lives as the average cat is back before Eagle County officials with major revisions again.

Ace and Jennifer Lane and their partner in Wind River Development, Robert Cumming, have altered their Kodiak Park proposal to address concerns about a hotel, conservation easements and development near the Laura J. Estates subdivision.

And while they were at it, they added 12 luxury single-family home lots to the plan.

The Lanes own 204 acres of mostly undeveloped property just east or upvalley of the El Jebel Mobile Home Park. They plan to build a village around their members-only water-ski pond that’s located north of State Highway 82, across from the El Jebel City Market.

The Lanes’ initial proposal received approvals from the Eagle County Commissioners in August 1993. They scrapped that plan in 1997, submitted a new version last year and received initial approval for that plan in March 2000.

They wanted to revise their project and proceed to a second-round review in a three-round process, but the Eagle County Planning Department required them to start from scratch, according to their application, prepared by Aspen land use planner Glenn Horn.

“Issues and concerns raised during the planning process led to improvements in the Kodiak Park PUD plan,” the application said.

One of the biggest alterations was to a hotel. The Lanes previously sought approval for a traditional 60- to 80-room hotel, but received opposition from neighbors and Basalt town planners.

The hotel was approved by the Eagle County Commissioners even though the Roaring Fork Regional Planning Commission recommended against it. Other than the hotel, the project received high marks from the advisory planning commission.

In the revision, the Lanes proposed to build a 15-room bed and breakfast with 30 small rental cabins clustered around it. They would be operated together as the Bristle Cone Lodge.

Instead of building it between Kodiak Lake and Highway 82, where the original hotel was proposed, it will be built on the northwestern side of the water-ski pond.

Much of Kodiak Village, a mixed use of artist studios, craftsmen work space and second-floor residences, shifts from the western end to the south.

The number of residences in the village increased from 27 to 29. In addition, 12 single-family home lots on 65 acres were added to the plan.

The Lanes are seeking approval for total development of 214,000 square feet, excluding the luxury homes on the large lots.

As proposed, the project would require 556 parking spaces.

They would place conservation easements on nearly 69 acres of the ranch, and additional areas would be preserved as open space.

The new proposal goes before the Roaring Fork Regional Planning Commission for review Thursday, Nov. 2. It is part of a meeting that starts at 2:30 p.m. in Basalt Town Hall.


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