Tiny ‘resort’ could double in size
What could easily be called one of Garfield County’s smallest resorts will double in size.But that’s not saying much. The county commissioners approved a special use permit Monday for a second two-bedroom cabin on two acres owned by Todd Leahy and family. Leahy is a Glenwood Springs real estate agent.The Leahys currently rent out a two bedroom cabin on their property next to Sunlight Mountain Resort for two-night or weekly stays. The cabin sits at the top of Sunshine Meadow where a rope tow used to run on what was called the beginner or school slope of the ski resort.The Leahys propose to build another cabin of the same size which they will also rent out by the night and two garages, one of which will also have a caretaker apartment.In considering the special use permit application, the county planning department classified the project, and the use of the property, as a resort. County planning director Mark Bean told the commissioners Monday that the Leahys are authorized to have up to 48 beds on their “resort” property. Such a resort, which could include a dude ranch, ski lodge or a hunting camp, could have up to 12 dwelling units or 48 beds, according to the county’s zoning regulations. Although the two modest cabins will not come close to those limits, “the application meets the criteria for a resort,” the planning staff reported to the county commissioners in a memo.The buildings are served by an individual septic system which the planning department found more than adequate for the new additions.”This type of use is consistent with the area,” namely the neighboring ski area, he said. Contact Donna Gray: 945-8515, ext. firstname.lastname@example.org
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