MOUNTAIN VILLAGE – The Mountain Village Comprehensive Plan has undergone a multitude of renderings since its inception, but its architects believe the next iteration will be its last.
The Mountain Village Town Council decided Wednesday to postpone the long-awaited adoption of the Comprehensive Plan, citing lingering issues concerning development of a “Recreation Zone” envisioned on a parcel between the Peaks hotel and Mountain Village Center, and the potential development of hotbeds on the area currently home to the Meadows Magic Carpet.
Town Council was originally expected to adopt the Comprehensive Plan at a June 1 special meeting, but Mayor Bob Delves explained that council and town staff had received “a flurry of feedback” since the last public meeting, initiating a number of minor and a few substantive changes to the much-deliberated Comprehensive Plan.
The council will now consider adoption of the plan at its regularly scheduled meeting on June 16. Once adopted, the Comprehensive Plan will serve as an advisory document that will act as a framework for future development in the community.
Mayor Delves told council on Wednesday, “I want you to make a comfortable decision” regarding adoption of the document. Ultimately, council decided to postpone adoption, to make it possible for major players affected by projected development on an area called “Parcel J” to iron out foreseen issues.
Parcel J, or the swath of land between the Peaks hotel and Mountain Village Boulevard, is envisioned as a “recreation zone” on the Comprehensive Plan. This could include some form of a multi-use, covered tennis pavilion that could double as convention space. It could also be built as a Recreation Center, with aquatic and athletic facilities. As was noted on Wednesday, the concept is complicated by the fact that the land is currently owned by Telluride Ski and Golf, but the community recreation space would need to be owned and managed by the town while the Peaks would be managing the connected hotel rooms.
Peaks owner Todd Herrick and TSG CEO Dave Riley sat together in front of council on Wednesday, where they agreed that some arrangement could be made regarding ownership and operation, but that they would need more time to consider the details.
“I think we can come to an agreement on how to do the Conference Center [expansion,] because as we all know that’s a public benefit,” Herrick told council on Wednesday.
The issue is made more complex by the fact that if a community-minded recreation-type center could not be built on Parcel J, due to ownership complexities and concerns voiced by neighbors, then Parcel K, currently envisioned as a hotel site, would be the “second best” option for the Recreation Center.
“If we can’t fit in the Recreation Zone [on Parcel J], we feel compelled to hold onto Parcel K,” Delves explained at the meeting.
Ultimately, it was decided all parties needed time to work out the details. Delves said Thursday that the ultimate goal is to have the “final, final” redlined version of the document finished and posted to the Mountain Village website by Monday, with the intent being for it to be adopted at the June 16 meeting.
Wednesday’s meeting also saw Mayor Delves respond to a letter penned by the San Miguel Board of County Commissioners. The letter noted overall support of the Comprehensive Plan, but expressed concern about the Plan’s strategy to rezone active open space while replacing it with equal or greater open space “in the general location” of the rezoned open space.
In his opening comments, Mayor Delves said staff would compose a letter in response, but that he was confident that the Comp Plan’s adoption could move forward, bearing in mind the BOCC’s stated concerns.