Planning commission recommends denial of Sunlight plan
GLENWOOD SPRINGS ” The Garfield County Planning Commission recommended denying a proposal to build a base village at Sunlight Mountain Resort with 830 residential units and 110,000 square feet of commercial space.
The vote came late Wednesday night after a press deadline.
The resort has said it’s lost nearly $1 million operating in the last 11 years and it needs the development to survive and fund on-mountain improvements.
But county building and planning director Fred Jarman pointed out that none of the on-mountain improvements were in the planned unit development application and thus wouldn’t be required to be built.
The planning commission voiced concerns over inadequate conditions on Four Mile Road to handle the additional 5,000 vehicle trips per day projected for the development and also the overall size of the development.
“It was disappointing,” said Sunlight’s general manager Tom Jankovsky. “There’s some commissioners I thought would have voted in favor of it.”
Jankovsky said it will be up to Sunlight Mountain Development, LLC, to decide what to do next.
“I don’t know where that leaves us exactly,” he said. “We talked as a group, and they really have to decide whether to appeal the decision to the Board of County Commissioners or whether to step back and resubmit.”
Jankovsky said he’s not sure if the developers can scale plans back.
“If you scale it down, then all of a sudden you end up with property up here that’s twice as expensive if you’re going to repair the road and pump water up,” he said. “There’s an economy of scale there.”
County planning staff and the Glenwood Springs City Council recommended denying the proposal. Among the concerns were inadequate conditions on Four Mile Road leading to the resort, a lack of affordable housing and numerous requests for zoning variances. Also of concern was that the development, which could house over 3,500 people, was too far from city services like fire and police protection.
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