Snowmass council takes first look at The Timbers plan
With a moratorium on new development applications no longer in effect, the Snowmass Village Town Council began its review Tuesday of a major land-use proposal – The Timbers at Snowmass.
A hearing yesterday on the 38-unit development at the intersection of Faraway and Brush Creek roads drew a large crowd, but little public comment.
As currently proposed, the plans call for eight four-bedroom units and 30 three-bedroom units in six buildings on the southeast corner of the intersection. It also calls for 18 one- and two-bedroom employee housing units on the northeast corner, immediately across Faraway Road from the private units.
The free-market units would be sold off under a fractional ownership scheme similar to time sharing, allowing as many as 289 different owners.
Included in the proposal is a clubhouse for owners and their guests. It sits near the center of the project, and, as currently planned, would exceed the town’s 38-foot building height limit to allow for an underground parking structure.
Doug Dotson, the planning consultant representing the owners, a company named The Timbers at Snowmass, LLC, spent several minutes discussing the benefits of building parking beneath the clubhouse. The biggest advantage, he noted, is less open space covered with asphalt.
In fact, Dotson spent nearly half his 75-minute presentation outlining the transportation and road improvements that would come with the project. A right-turn lane would be added on Brush Creek Road, making the turn onto Faraway Road safer; bus stops would be moved to more convenient and safer locations; an extensive transportation program for club members would offer van rides to and from the airport, into town and into Aspen; and Faraway Road, currently two lanes at the intersection, would be widened to ensure people living farther up the road can get through the development without any trouble.
“What we were trying to do is come up with a real program that we think will solve the problems here,” he said.
He also pointed out that about 75 percent of the company’s property at the project site would be protected as open space.
At presentation’s end, the Town Council members thanked Dotson for his work on transportation, but said they were hearing concerns about the project’s size.
“I believe the issue of mass and scale is probably the most significant issue when it comes to this project,” said Councilman Jack Hatfield. Councilman Kevin Costello agreed, and pointed out that most of the comments he’s heard from constituents were about the size of the development.
That issue will be the first one addressed next Monday, at what is expected to be the first of many work sessions on the proposal.
The public was given first chance to speak Tuesday, but no one was prepared to comment before the information had been presented. After realizing the public wasn’t any more ready to comment on the proposal than the council was to rule on it, the council continued the public hearing until Oct. 4, and invited everyone to their Monday afternoon work session.
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