Sunlight Mountain Resort developer to resubmit to Garfield County in January

Phillip YatesGlenwood Springs, CO Colorado

GLENWOOD SPRINGS – The paperwork wasn’t in order.So Exquisite Development, the company behind an ambitious plan to transform Sunlight Mountain Resort into a possible 800-housing-unit development, is now crossing its “t’s” and dotting its “i’s” as the company prepares to resubmit its redevelopment plan to the Garfield County Building and Planning Department for review.County staff sent a letter to Exquisite Development on Oct. 1, saying its initial plan submitted to the county was “technically incomplete.” Staff outlined 21 points the company needed to make to its development plan after the company submitted it to the county on Sept. 14.Mike Dooley, executive vice president for Exquisite Development, said the company plans to re-resubmit its plan to the county in mid to late January. He said the company is in the process of making sure everything in its application is correct, but added that the company is considering making a few changes to its development plan.”If changes are made, we will host another (public) meeting as we have in the past,” Dooley said Tuesday.Fred Jarman, the county’s building and planning director, said once the county receives the edited plan, staff will set a date for the Planning Commission to consider the project. If the commission approves it, the plan will go on to county commissioners for their consideration.Exquisite Development, a Destin, Fla.-based company, is under contract with Sunlight owners to purchase the resort. However, the sale is contingent on winning county approval to redevelop the resort.Housing proposed at Sunlight is more than what has been approved for Spring Valley Ranch – one of the largest developments ever proposed for Garfield County, with 577 homes.”Sunlight is a very big project,” Jarman said.The Sunlight project would occur on 443 acres, of which 313 would remain open space. It actually would consist of two separate developments. Compass Peak would total almost 300 acres, bisected by Fourmile Creek. Nine neighborhoods would have a total of 576 units, including 50 employee housing units.The Compass Peak units would be a mix of residential, hotel, multifamily, condominium and fractional ownership properties. They would include six single-family homes, 27 duplexes and 542 multifamily units, and 75,000 square feet of commercial space.Compass Peak would include a lift connection to the mountain base. It would be built out over 15 years, with 369 units and the lift connection not constructed until the final of three phases.The second development, called Williams Peak, would be nearly 150 acres and would be built over eight years. Its eight neighborhoods would include 224 units, including 73 single-family homes, 68 duplexes, 83 multifamily units, 20,000 square feet of commercial space and a 5,000-square-foot outdoor recreation center.But in the county’s letter, building and planning staff wanted more information about proposed changes to infrastructure during phases of the redevelopment, including improvements to Upper Four Mile Road. Staff also wanted better details about when construction of the various stages of the resort’s two developments will start and end. The county also sought more details about the potential avalanche danger at the resort.The county also asked the company to specify how common water and wastewater and community facilities will be owned, controlled and governed within the development. Staff also sought more details about the company’s proposal to amend the county’s comprehensive plan designation for the entire property to “recreation.”Contact Phillip Yates: 384-9117pyates@postindependent.comPost Independent, Glenwood Springs, Colorado CO

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