Public hearing on Snowmass Base Village vesting continued
The Aspen Times
Expected to take a second and final vote on Related Colorado’s application to extend Base Village vesting, the Snowmass Village Town Council instead agreed on Monday to continue the public hearing at its Oct. 6 meeting.
The elected officials said that town staff members had not had enough time to sufficiently review amendments Related has made to the documents in question since the last council meeting on Sept. 8.
“It’s troubling for the council to move forward today,” Mayor Bill Boineau said. “While I think it would be beneficial, to my own thinking, to have some discussions today. I think there is cause for pause so that staff can work some things out.”
Those changes include some things agreed to at the last meeting, such as a clause stating that Related will pay $1,500 for every day that the second phase of the Viceroy goes unfinished past its completion deadline of Dec. 31, 2016, up to $1 million. It also spells out a concession that Dwayne Romero, president of Related Colorado, made at the last meeting to terminate vesting if the council denies subsequent applications to change the planned-unit development, such as the one it is expected to submit by Oct. 15.
That has been added to the documents, but Related is also now asking for the ability in that scenario to earn back its vesting by completing the public improvements on the project — Wood Road, the roundabout and a snowmelt system on the Base Village garage — as soon as possible.
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The town’s Community Development Department and Related also have been working to restate the agreements up for review to include all the amendments that have been made to date and in that process have found other items that needed clarifying, according to Community Development Director Julie Ann Woods.
Councilman Fred Kucker said he didn’t feel confident reviewing documents still full of red lines and incomplete edits.
“What I want to review is something that staff has thoroughly reviewed,” Kucker said. No one wants to see Base Village finished more than he does, he said, but “it’s got to be done right.”
The developers won’t be submitting any more amendments before the next meeting, Romero said. The town department had let Related know the public hearing might be continued, Romero said.
“There is no negative or sinister step here,” he said.
The public hearing will be continued at the next regular council meeting, which starts at 4 p.m. on Oct. 6.
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