Sunlight redevelopment faces delay |

Sunlight redevelopment faces delay

John Gardner
Glenwood Springs correspondent
Aspen, CO Colorado

GLENWOOD SPRINGS ” Plans to redevelop Sunlight Mountain Resort outside of Glenwood Springs remain in the hands of the Garfield County Building and Planning Department.

It could be early May before county planners decide whether the redevelopment application is complete and ready for formal review.

On Monday, before Garfield County commissioners, Planning Director Fred Jarman requested a 30-day extension and additional help to review the Sunlight proposal, citing the complexity of the application.

“There is a lot to review,” Jarman said. “I’m looking for an outside consultant to help with the review process because the Four Mile basin is a complicated area to deal with when it comes to water rights. We want the flexibility to hire an expert to look at those specifics.”

Sunlight developers submitted a new planned-unit development application on March 4, making revisions to the original application, which was submitted in September 2007. The county staff deemed the initial application “technically incomplete” and outlined 21 points that required clarification.

The new application incorporated two developments into one and added a 30-acre parcel to the project that wasn’t included in the original plan. The acquisition of the new property added about 30 proposed residential units to the development, bringing the total to 830.

Jarman said the review process presents several challenges, including assessing the capacity of Four Mile Road, which serves the ski area, water issues, and what he referred to as “internal circulation” issues ” namely, a cul-de-sac with only one exit point that could pose a fire hazard to residents.

“Density is as density does,” Jarman said. “But the impacts that come from the density is the real issue. We just have to take our time and do a good review of the application.”

So far, Jarman is still trying to find a local consultant to aid in the review who doesn’t have a conflict of interest with the development.

“I wanted the ability to provide the board with the expertise that we may not have in-house,” Jarman said.

Jarman has until May 3 to provide a letter to the developers indicating the application is “technically complete,” which would allow the county Planning and Zoning Commission to schedule review hearings, or “technically incomplete,” which would send the application back to developers again.

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