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Snowmass to start new topic in Base Village review

Jill Beathard
The Aspen Times

The Snowmass Village Town Council will begin considering the unit mix, retail square footage and architecture of Base Village when the public hearing on the project’s application continues today.

In an effort to expedite the review process so that, if approved, new Base Village construction can begin next year, the Town Council is meeting every week to work through the preliminary plan application to amend the project’s current approvals. The elected officials are working through one topic at a time, starting with transportation earlier this month.

The applicant, Snowmass Acquisition Co., now has some homework to do on that topic, so in the meantime, the council will move forward on other aspects of the application, according to a memo from town staff members.

That memo lists the following recommendations as priorities for the council to consider:

Employee housing: Related wants to build one fewer unit in the second phase of the Viceroy than what’s currently permitted. Town staff and the Planning Commission disagree.

Retail square footage: Town staff members would like to see more retail space in the development than what Related is proposing. The Planning Commission is recommending instead that Related build what it has proposed as long as the final plan allows flexibility to add more restaurant, retail and entertainment space if the market dictates it.

Architecture: The council is being asked to weigh in on the materials, mass and scale of the development as well as its impact on neighboring properties. That includes considering how the changes in the plans affect views from the Enclave Condominiums and Brush Creek Road.

Project phasing: Town staff wants Building 10ab to be built after construction is complete on Lots 2 and 3. The Planning Commission supports the phasing schedule that Related has proposed, which doesn’t dictate what order the buildings on that side of the project must be built in.

Other: The town and Planning Commission would like owners of units in the completed part of Base Village have access to a pool facility being built in the future.

The council meets at 4 p.m. today at Town Hall.