Snowmass Village, Colorado: Base Village
Whether it was the amount of commercial space needed to make a viable project, adequacy of pedestrian connections, future employee generation or even the timing of when the new medical clinic will be built, no assumption contained within the Base Village Major PUD Amendment was taken at face value by the Snowmass Village Planning Commission.
During its initial review Wednesday of the application submitted by Snowmass Acquisition Company LLC, the wholly owned subsidiary of Related Colorado that is developing Base Village, commissioners challenged company president Dwayne Romero on different facets of the plan.
Romero asked if he could use some of the next regularly scheduled planning commission meeting, which is Feb. 18, to counter their concerns. That meeting will begin with a Base Village site visit.
A swimming pool complex located adjacent to the proposed Limelight hotel received tepid reviews by the group for satisfying the required “community purpose.”
Doug Faurer said the pool complex seemed like “more a benefit for the Base Village community as opposed to the town community.”
Jamie Knowlton, the newest member of the planning commission, agreed. “It’s a great plan but I don’t think a swimming pool is a community purpose.”
A 4,000-foot Discovery Center to tell the story of the Ziegler Reservoir Ice Age finds is also being offered as part of the community purpose package. Several commissioners, including Knowlton, suggested there may be greater community needs that could be served.
Romero is also asking for the chance to provide additional information, some of it in the form of testimonials, on why Related Colorado should be able to reduce the amount of commercial space in the base area project. Currently there is an inequity in the amount of retail and restaurant space as opposed to the lodging units that have been built.
Read the full article by Madeleine Osberger: http://www.aspendailynews.com/section/home/165557
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