June Mayor’s Minute

Mayor's Minute

Words by Dan Jansen / Mayor's Minute

Dear neighbors,

I hope you are enjoying the arrival of summer; it’s great to see many of our second homeowners coming home to Mountain Village.

Our town remains very busy. Last month we received an update from the Telluride Tourism Board and Colorado Flights Alliance showing great results in terms of our destination and air service (e.g. Mountain Village had the highest three-year growth rate in sales tax revenue of any town in the Colorado Association of Ski Towns). In addition, we launched the wayfinding project that will help all of us, including our visitors and guests, navigate our town more easily. There will be extensive public engagement for this project, so please think about participating in wayfinding stakeholder meetings.

Last month, we also received and approved a request to partially fund the Ideas Festival, which will focus on creating new and more regional workforce housing solutions. In that same vein, we considered a term sheet from the developers of Lot 640A, formerly Telluride Apartments and located in the Meadows, where the town would own a park that would sit next to the privately-funded and owned potential workforce housing project. Council was supportive of creating the park and incentivizing the creation of more workforce housing in a public-private-partnership. Continuing, we finalized an agreement with TMVOA and Telluride Ski & Golf Company to share costs on the maintenance and upkeep of the Gondola Plaza in Mountain Village Center. We also evaluated the potential to add back-up power generation to Town Hall and town shops so that in the event of a future power outage, we will have emergency locations for the town with power, food (i.e. keep The Market at Mountain Village running), and fuels (available from the town shops). Responding to some resident concerns, we also discussed potential changes in the town’s Community Development Code to further limit single-family lot subdivisions. Further limitations on the ability to sub-divide single-family lots were discussed, and we received public comment. In turn, we directed staff to present a proposal for us to consider at the worksession this Thursday.

This month the activity keeps coming. We will have a public discussion about creating the San Miguel Authority for Regional Transit (SMART) and look for public input on the Intergovernmental Agreement we have drafted with the Town of Telluride and San Miguel County that would allow for the formation of SMART. There will be a brief informational update on the Town Hall Center Subarea planning process. Continuing our discussion from the last meeting, there will be a public hearing on some potential changes to the Community Development Code addressing concerns raised by some residents on the ability to subdivide single-family lots. Finally, in addition to our usual routine land use matters and staff updates, we will consider a term sheet offered by the developers of Lot 640A (formerly Telluride Apartments) that could entail a town park and workforce housing for up to 45 units.

As always, we hope you will be able to join us for our meeting this Thursday and/or provide comments to us in advance.

Warm Regards,
Dan Jansen
Mountain Village Mayor

P.S. Telluride Ski & Golf Company will be sealing the Gondola Plaza deck beginning this week. Please pardon the dust, noise and inconvenience. We understand the timing is not ideal, but due to late snowfall and rain the project had to be delayed until a prolonged period of warm, dry weather was in the forecast.