Second Viceroy building passes first Snowmass council vote
The Snowmass Village Town Council on Monday approved on first reading a minor amendment to the planned-unit development for the Viceroy hotel’s second phase, with conditions regarding deep utility work to be completed by the developer in Base Village.
At the initial discussion of the ordinance on Aug. 5, the officials wanted to include a condition that improvements to Wood Road and the construction of a roundabout at Wood and Brush Creek roads, required by the original Base Village approval, be completed before the issuance of the certificate of occupancy for building 13B, the second phase of the Viceroy. The discussion stalled when Dwayne Romero, president of Base Village developer Related Colorado, wanted to tie an extension of the project’s vesting to those upgrades.
The officials made clear at the start of Monday’s meeting that they wanted to save the talk about vesting for when Related brings forward a major amendment to the planned-unit development for the larger Base Village, expected before the end of this year. However, they raised a new concern about the utility work that Related is scheduled to perform this fall.
The utility work planned along Brush Creek Road would be installed at a depth of 4 feet, which would become 8 feet when the roundabout is completed and the dirt is filled in.
“How do we assure ourselves that the roundabout gets built?” said Councilman Fred Kucker. “We’ve got to have some security.”
Romero said his company has been working with the Snowmass Water & Sanitation District on mitigation, including insulating the pipes. The district will not accept responsibility for those utility lines until two years after the completion of the intersection upgrades, he said.
Kit Hamby, director of the Water & Sanitation District, said the water lines were of greater concern for freezing than the sewer. The area of concern is a 500- to 550-foot section of water line that starts at the intersection and runs downhill toward lower Kearns Road, he explained.
If the developer were to install the lines at 8 feet now, it would then have to raise them if the roundabout is completed and increases their depth, according to Hamby.
The Town Council also wanted to ensure that Related restored the road surfaces after cutting them to access the lines this fall. Town Engineer Dean Gordon suggested creating a bond so that if the developer did not have the roads restored by a certain date next summer, the Public Works Department would have the funds to do it.
After a lengthy discussion verging on two hours, the developer agreed to work with town employees on creating a restoration bond to that effect, subdivision-improvement agreements or other security for the cost of the utility work and a form of security for the cost of deepening the utility lines if the Base Village project should stall again.
The council members unanimously approved the first reading of the ordinance, which will be modified to exclude the condition regarding completion of Wood Road improvements and the roundabout.
“This is really telling what it’s going to look like for the major (planned-unit development),” Romero said of the lengthy discussion.
Related hopes to complete the utility work this fall and start construction on building 13B in the spring.
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