Mountain Village waives deed-restricted development fees

Deed Restricted Housing Incentive

Words by Kathrine Warren / Communications, Development, Housing

MOUNTAIN VILLAGE, COLO.  (March 13, 2019) – When Adam Miller and his wife Nancy bought a plot of deed-restricted land in Mountain Village’s the Boulders, they knew it would take some time before they would be able to build on it. Working in the construction sector, Miller is all too familiar with the building and permitting process, both of which are costly.  They had begun drafting up plans in 2014 but weren’t able to move forward until this year.

Last fall the Town of Mountain Village announced it would begin waiving both development and building permit fees for all deed-restricted construction projects starting in 2019, dreams of their own home became more attainable.

“This makes a huge difference for us,” Miller said. Both Miller and his wife, Nancy, are firefighters and are raising two young kids, and he said the fee waiver encouraged them to start drawing up architectural plans for their future home. “The whole process has been easy, and hopefully we can continue to find ways for people to live here.”

They expect to begin building this spring.

Last October the Town of Mountain Village Town Council unanimously voted to waive all planning, development and building permit fees for deed-restricted housing units effective Jan. 1, 2019. Deed-restricted workforce housing gives local workers and their families the ability to rent and own homes at below-market rates.

Michelle Haynes, planning and development services director states, “Planning and building permit activity for deed-restricted housing has been minimal compared to free market activity over the past few years.”

“We are excited about Town Council’s commitment to waiving development fees regarding existing and new deed-restricted construction,” Haynes continued. “We hope this will encourage new deed restricted construction, as well as incentivize those that have existing deed-restricted units to upkeep and maintain their units. Money that would have otherwise paid town development fees, can now be used to pay for labor and materials to improve and maintain our deed-restricted inventory.”

By waiving town fees, the town sought to encourage owners of deed-restricted units to maintain existing units and offer greater financial incentive to construct deed-restricted units on remaining deed-restricted properties.

“Mountain Village had some current incentives in place such as waiving the road impact fee and reduced water and sewer tap fees,” Haynes said. “However, after a review of the existing fee schedule, Haynes stated, “we felt we could do more, and the Town Council unanimously supported this direction.”

“The town is actively working to construct additional workforce housing and we’re looking forward to an additional 49-units coming online with the upcoming VCA expansion. Despite this investment, we are acutely aware of the need for more affordable housing and wanted to do whatever we could to support the generation of more affordable workforce housing construction,” said Mountain Village Mayor Laila Benitez.

“There are still quite a few deed-restricted lots available in Mountain Village. If waiving building and planning fees allows us to provide a home for even one additional family then I will be thrilled with the outcome of this program,” Benitez added.

The Town of Mountain Village has 539 built units dedicated to both deed-restricted and workforce housing which consists of roughly 47 percent of San Miguel County’s affordable housing inventory.

For program information, please email our planning department or call 970.369.8242.

Mountain Village seeks to amend Community Development Code to better align with Comprehensive Plan

Vilalge Center Single Family Rezone

Words by Kathrine Warren / Community, Development

On Thursday, Jan. 3, 2019 the Town of Mountain Village’s Design Review Board will consider a recommendation to Town Council regarding a Community Development Code (CDC) amendment, aimed at implementing the Mountain Village Comprehensive Plan.

The proposed amendment seeks to modify Section 17.3.4 of the CDC to allow for certain properties in the Village Center Subarea — which are currently zoned single family — to subdivide, transfer density or rezone to better align with goals outlined in the Comprehensive Plan.

Currently, the town’s CDC does not allow for further subdivision, density transfers or rezoning of any single-family lots, which creates inconsistencies with the town’s long-term planning visions and effectively eliminates the town’s ability to implement its goals in the Comprehensive Plan for the Village Center.

“This amendment really makes sense from a planning perspective,” said Mountain Village’s Senior Planner John Miller. “As planners, we are always trying to implement the community vision that has been created by the public, and at the same time we are constantly trying to create smart community design, especially buffers between incompatible uses.”

“By implementing the vision of the Comprehensive Plan, we can effectively create a transition zone of condominiums helping to maintain the overall character of the single-family neighborhoods that circumvent the Village Center,” Miller continued.

The Comprehensive Plan, which was adopted by Council in 2011 and amended by Council in 2014 and 2017, serves as the guiding visionary document for future growth and development throughout Mountain Village and particularly within designated subareas such as the Village Center.

It states, “Mountain Village Center is the heart of the town, and within it [development of multiple parcels] are recommended in order to improve the overall economic vibrancy and character [of the community]”.

To accomplish this envisioned economic vibrancy, the Plan provides for the development of certain parcels of land identified in the Subarea Plan as Parcels C-1, C-2 and C-3; also known as Lots 89-2A, 89-2B, 89-2C, 89-3A, 89-3B, 89-3C, 89-3D, and 104. These lots are located on Mountain Village Boulevard near the Village Pond, and although they currently maintain a single-family zoning designation, the Comprehensive Plan designates this area to be developed as a mixture of ridgeline and flagship condominiums.

“Subdividing, density transfers and rezoning outside of the Village Center will not be affected by the proposed amendment, and any future development within the area affected will need to have general conformance with the Comprehensive Plan,” Miller said.

The Design Review Board is expected to make a recommendation to Town Council, and the amendment could have a first hearing Jan. 17, 2019 and a final hearing Feb. 21, 2019.

For more information about the proposed CDC amendment, please visit our Current Planning page.

Date and Time of Public Hearing(s):

DRB Hearing Date & Time: January 3, 2018, 10:30 a.m. or as soon as practicable thereafter
Council Hearing Date & Time: January 17, 2018, time TBA (Schedule and agenda to be set in early January)
Final Council Hearing Date: February 21, 2018(Schedule and agenda to be set in early January)

Mountain Village Waives Fees to Incentivize Deed-Restricted Housing Projects

Deed Restricted Housing Incentive

Words by Bill Kight / Development, Housing

The Town of Mountain Village is taking significant measures to incentivize new deed-restricted construction and to encourage maintenance and improvements to existing deed-restricted units.

In its monthly October meeting, the Town of Mountain Village Town Council unanimously voted to waive all planning, development and building permit fees for deed-restricted housing units effective Jan. 1, 2019.

Michelle Haynes, planning and development services director states, “Planning and building permit activity for deed-restricted housing has been minimal compared to free market activity over the past few years.”

“Telluride Ski and Golf last opened 30 apartments in the Meadows called Meadow View Apartments in 2017, and there is one deed-restricted detached condominium in the Boulders currently in design review,” Haynes continued. “As the Town of Mountain Village has 539 built deed-restricted units, the largest number in the region, we continue to explore ways to advocate for affordable housing.”

By waiving town fees, the town aims to encourage owners of deed-restricted units to maintain existing units and offer greater financial incentive to construct deed-restricted units on remaining deed restricted properties.

“The Town had some current incentives in place such as waiving the road impact fee and reduced water and sewer tap fees,” Haynes said. “However, after a review of the existing fee schedule, Haynes stated, “we felt we could do more, and the Town Council unanimously supported this direction.”

For example, a free market building permit with a $1 million valuation would cost approximately$45,000 for the building permit plus $10,000 for the water and sewer tap fees and $3,500  for the design review application. The same permit for a deed-restricted property would cost only $4,000 for the building permit, which is the cost of county taxes, $5,000 for the water and sewer tap fee and no fee for design review.

“The only fee we cannot waive are taxes paid to the county,” stated Haynes, “which constitutes the $4,000 permit fee for a deed-restricted property. By incentivizing, the town hopes to see new construction, remodels, maintenance, and repair.” Haynes said.

For program information, please contact Planning and Development Services Director, Michelle Haynes by email [email protected], by (970) 239-4061 or by visiting

Mayor’s Minute Rosewood Edition

Mayors Minute

Words by Laila Benitez / Community, Development, Government

Hello neighbors,

At the February 15 Town Council Meeting, Council voted unanimously to approve a Standstill Agreement with Northlight, the owners of Lots 126R and 152R (historically referred to as “Rosewood”). Since then, many of you have reached out with questions about these lots, the scope of the project, and the Standstill Agreement – below are responses to a few of the most common questions.

What is the original zoning and density of the Rosewood lots? Can we revert to the original zoning of these lots?

Mayors Minute Original Zoning

In 1984 and 1987, the properties that came to be known as “Rosewood” were originally platted as a mix of hotel, condo, commercial, and employee units with a total density of 310 units. The platting was executed by Ron Allred/Telluride Company, with approval by the Board of County Commissioners and the County Planning Commission. By 2007, through the course of land purchases and rezoning with the planned unit development (PUD) approval, this parcel of lots consisted of more condo units, fewer hotel units, and 38,666 square foot of designated commercial property with a combined density of 345 units. The development history of these properties through the years is extensive and available online.



Mayors Minute Rosewood Current ZoningI share this snapshot to illustrate that going back to the original platting, is not straightforward and would call for 310 density units. Since the original platting of these lots, the zoning of these properties has always included a hotel, condo, and commercial units. The zoning history and density units are not solely a function of the 2007 PUD but also are tied to the Original Zoning that has run with these properties since they were first platted in 1984 and 1987.





What is the Standstill Agreement? Isn’t the Standstill Agreement just an extension of the 2007 PUD?

The Standstill Agreement is not an extension of the 2007 PUD, and it instead requires a new PUD application, if the owners desire to proceed. The town chose to move forward with the Standstill Agreement because it barred any development on the lots during the term of the Standstill Agreement; requires a new PUD application, which will be reviewed by the community, DRB, and Town Council; and must be approved only through the open, public process by Town Council. The 2007 Rosewood PUD expired on March 31, 2018. However, the owners of the properties would have still been able to move forward by filing an application to build by right had there not been a Standstill Agreement. The Standstill Agreement will remain in effect through all phases of a new PUD application process.

It is important to note that the Standstill Agreement does not imply that any application will be approved or that the application will be reviewed in an expedited manner. The applicants must follow the town’s process as detailed in section 17.4.12 of the Community Development Code.

Per the terms of the Standstill Agreement, any new PUD application must have significant reductions to the overall mass and scale of the expired 2007 project plans and make substantial reductions to the land use and densities occurring on the property. Furthermore, before submitting any new application, the applicants are required to hold two public open house meetings to obtain community feedback. The first public open house meeting was held March 28 and the next scheduled public open house meeting will be held May 10 at the Mountain Village Town Hall. Additionally, Northlight has agreed to hold a conceptual Work session, which will be open to the public, and a third public meeting this summer. These meetings will be live-streamed and available for viewing afterward.

Will the Town Council be reviewing the 2007 PUD or a new PUD? What happens next?

Per the terms of the Standstill Agreement, a new PUD application must be submitted by June 15, 2018. The applicants will need to go through the entire PUD process and the application will be reviewed without regard to the original PUD. Below is a tentative outline of the next steps in the PUD process:

  • May 10        Public Meeting #2 hosted by Northlight
  • June 15       New PUD Application Deadline per Standstill Agreement
  • June/July     Conceptual Work session with DRB  & Town Council for Outline PUD Application
  • July             Public Meeting #3 hosted by Northlight
  • August        Outline PUD to be presented to DRB/Town Council
  • October      Final Outline PUD Application & Review by Town Council

Once the town receives a new PUD application, we will send out a formal outline of the timeline and steps required per the town’s PUD process.

This project has been a hot topic for decades, and I expect that many of us on Town Council and throughout the community will not always agree on the best ways to proceed. Regardless, it is imperative that we all remember we are neighbors, above all else, and as such we should discuss and evaluate these topics with respect and candor. We have a shared responsibility to our village so please take part in the public process and email or call me with any specific questions or concerns you may have.

On a related note, beginning June 5, I will be hosting monthly walks on the first Tuesday of every month. I hope this will be an opportunity for us to have open conversations while we discuss current events and projects. Stay tuned for more info.

Warm regards,

Laila Benitez
Mountain Village Mayor

Town Hall & Village Center Subarea Planning and Initiatives


Words by Special Contributor / Community, Development, Government

During March 2018’s Town Council meeting there were several updates related to planning initiatives for the Town Hall and Village Center Subareas.

In 2016, the Town of Mountain Village, Telluride Mountain Village Owners Association (TMVOA), and Telluride Ski & Golf  Resort (TSG) in a collaborative effort formed a committee to carefully evaluate and engage a public process to determine the most appropriate uses for the Town Hall Subarea (THS). In June 2017, after an 18-month effort that included several public Work sessions, Town Council unanimously approved an amendment to the Comprehensive Plan to replace the THS chapter. View the amended THS chapter.

At the March 15 Town Council meeting, Council heard from committee members and consultants from AECOM on next-step planning for critical elements of the approved THS plan that are aligned with community feedback and will enable and/or promote future development phasing. Specifically, four priority items serve as the “spine of the overall THS plan”: Roundabout, Roadway Consolidation, Elk Lake/Park, and School Bus Stop. During this year, surveying, civil engineering, and planning will take place to understand costs and implementation planning better.

Council was updated on the committee’s planning efforts for the Village Center Subarea (VCS). In the second half of 2017, the committee began discussing the VCS and ways to implement the existing Comp Plan actions for this subarea. The committee updated Council in October 2017 and identified three categories to help focus the following objectives: Vibrancy and Activation, Infrastructure, and Undeveloped Parcels.

During the past few months, the committee further discussed the implementation of principals, policies and actions, with attention to land use values and vision statements in the 2011 Comprehensive Plan. This resulted in a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that Council considered at the March 15 meeting. After thorough discussion, Council approved the MOU.

Joint Town Council & Design Review Board – Special Work session Regarding Village Center Roofing Requirements and Design Themes

Village Center Roofing Material

Words by Special Contributor / Community, Development, Event

Town Council and The Design Review Board (DRB) in collaboration with Telluride Mountain Village Owner’s Association (TMVOA) will hold a Joint Work session on Thursday, February 22 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to discuss amendments to the Community Development Code (CDC) Village Center roofing material requirements and Village Center design themes. This work session will be held at Mountain Village Town Hall with a walking tour.

Rob Rydel, Principal with Oz Architecture, will lead the discussion covering topics such as color palette, defining architectural features and design themes. The community will have the opportunity to visually review similar ski mountain communities both nationally and internationally to help guide the discussion.

Rob’s architectural and master planning experience ranges from resort, hospitality and condominium projects as well as some multi-family residential community work. Expert at OZ’s highly collaborative charrette process that clarifies design goals, vision and direction through a consensus-based model, he often demonstrates options and possibilities through elegant hand sketches that bring a project instantly to life. Rob’s international background and education contribute to his enthusiasm for international work and a global design perspective.

Please join us for this community discussion and walking tour of Village Center’s roofing and design themes with Rob Rydel, community members, and staff.

View the agenda – February 22, 2018 Joint Town Council & Design Review Board Special Worksession Agenda or email Planning and Development Services Director, Michelle Haynes, for more information.


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Design Review Board has Four Open Seats

DRB Open Seats

Words by Special Contributor / Community, Development

The Design Review Board (DRB) has four open seats with a benefit of a ski pass. This opportunity is open to the “at large” community. The DRB is responsible for reviewing the design of new structures, remodels, sign requests, landscaping plans and other architectural and aesthetic matters; board members act as a planning commission, too. This volunteer board meets the first Thursday of each month with special meetings as needed and

“ We would like a balanced Board of experienced architects and designers, contractors and construction workers, planners and community members.” – Town of Mountain Village Design Review Board

To apply, please submit your letter of intent and resume by 5 p.m. February 19 to Jane Marinoff.



Town Council to Consider a Resolution Approving Comprehensive Plan Amendment Parcel M, Lot 30 (a part of OS1AR-3 and Lot 30)

Parcel M, Lot 30 Blog

Words by Special Contributor / Community, Development

The Town of Mountain Village held a Work session on August 17, 2017, and then a public open house on October 12, 2017, to discuss a Comprehensive Plan amendment to Parcel M, Lot 30 seeking community input. On February 1, the Design Review Board (DRB) will provide a recommendation on the proposed Comprehensive Plan amendment to Town Council. Mountain Village Town Council will then consider a Comprehensive Plan amendment to the principles, policies, and actions specific to Parcel M, Lot 30 at their regularly scheduled meeting on February 15, 2018. For more information please review the materials at the following link:

Current Planning

For questions or to provide written public comment, please contact Planning and Development Services Director, Michelle Haynes by email or call  (970) 239-4061. You may also hand deliver remarks to 455 Mountain Village Boulevard, Suite A Attn: Planning and Development Services Director.



Design Review Board Community Development Code Work Session

Roofing Material

Words by Bill Kight / Community, Development

The Town of Mountain Village in partnership with the Telluride Mountain Village Homeowner’s Association (TMVOA) is holding a Special Design Review Board (DRB) Work session to discuss the Town of Mountain Village’s Community Development Code (CDC) amendments to broaden Village Center roof material regulations.

The meeting will be held on December 12 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. to discuss alternative and appropriate roofing materials while keeping the intent of a distinct Mountain Village Center with a unified design, ski resort or mountain vernacular theme. The town will also explore design intent, color considerations, material considerations, roof assemblies, and related topics that also include snow shed, safety, and maintenance, in addition to a site walk of the Village Center.

The CDC requires that roofing material in the Village Center consist of concrete tile or synthetic materials that emulate an actual concrete tile in the color of burnt sienna. The community wishes to modify the existing regulations for reasons including the concrete tile design theme feels outdated, it is intensive to maintain as the individual tiles must be replaced periodically due to damage and wear, and the roof tile is no longer being manufactured or otherwise limited in its availability.

The Town of Mountain Village and TMVOA intends to continue the roofing discussion at future DRB meetings including a public open house next year. The town plans to complete reviews and proposes CDC regulation amendments by early spring of 2018.

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Mountain Village Town Council Approves Cedar Shake Fire Mitigation Incentive Program

Cedar Shake Blog

Words by Bill Kight / Community, Development

The Town of Mountain Village in collaboration with TMVOA as a funding partner continues to be proactive regarding wildfire hazard mitigation in our community. We currently have a Wildfire Mitigation/Defensible Space Incentive Program in place to help our residents create defensible space around their home or buildings lowering their property’s wildfire risk. As part of this Incentive Program, the town rebates 50% of the cost up to $5,000. To continue in these efforts, Mountain Village recently approved and implemented a Cedar Shake Incentive Fire Mitigation Program which provides a rebate up to $5,000 towards a building permit fee when you re-roof your home or building from cedar shake shingle to a town-approved fire rated roofing material.

Town Council recently approved the Cedar Shake Incentive Fire Mitigation Program to help our community members lower their property’s wildfire risk,” explained Planning and Development Services Director Michelle Haynes. “We encourage our community members to take advantage of this incentive program to help mitigate fire hazard on their property.”

To take advantage of this offering, Mountain Village residents will need to complete the follow the following steps.

To learn more about the program and the necessary steps to take to receive up to $5,000 for re-roofing their home or building, visit Town of Mountain Village Incentive Programs. This incentive program is open until funds are exhausted, and is for residents of Mountain Village.

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