Design Review Board Community Development Code Work Session

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 The community wishes to modify the existing regulations for reasons including the concrete tile design theme feels outdated, it is intensive to maintain as the individual tiles must be replaced periodically due to damage and wear, and the roof tile is no longer being manufactured or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

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.

Comprehensive Plan Amendment Lot 30, Parcel M- Open House

Words by Bill Kight / Community, Development

The Town of Mountain Village is holding an OPEN HOUSE to discuss a Comprehensive Plan Amendment to Lot 30, Parcel M on Thursday October 12, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. to gather public input on the Comprehensive Plan Amendment. Coffee and pastries will be served.

Comprehensive Plan Amendment Lot 30, Parcel MThe purpose of the work session is to discuss amending the existing unit and density designations contained within the Mountain Village Comprehensive Plan for Lot 30, Parcel M. Only the Town Council can initiate a Comprehensive Plan amendment pursuant to the Community Development Code (CDC) Section 17.1.5.E.

Town Council will consider the comprehensive plan amendment at their November 16, 2017 regular meeting. For questions and more information, contact Planning and Development Services Director, Michelle Haynes at:  (970) 239-4061 or by email.

Meadows Improvement Plan Open House and Ice Cream Social

Meadows Improvement Plan

Words by Bill Kight / Community, Development

On Thursday, September 28 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., the community is invited to join their neighbors for an Open House and a free Root Beer and Ice Cream Social hosted by the Town of Mountain Village.The purpose of the event is to gather community input on Phase 2 of the Meadows Improvement Plan. The event will be held at Mountain Village Town Hall located at 455 Mountain Village Blvd. Suite A.

 

“The purpose of the open house is to gather community input from Meadows and Mountain Village residents regarding the remaining improvements to the Meadows area,” explained Planning and Development Services Director Michelle Haynes. “Much of the road and sidewalk work has been completed, and we’d like to continue the conversation regarding for parking lot improvements that could include grading, landscaping, lighting, bathrooms and any additional playground improvements.  Also, we are seeking input on trails and river riparian access or interpretive opportunities.”

 

The Meadows Improvement Plan project is scheduled to begin in 2018. To learn more about this project or to provide written public comment, please contact Planning and Development Services Director, Michelle Haynes by email.

Mountain Village Hires Michelle Haynes as Planning and Development Director

Michelle Haynes Open House

Words by Bill Kight / Development

Mountain Village is pleased to announce the hiring of Michelle Haynes as director of planning and development. Haynes spent the last five years as Building and Planning Director of Town of Telluride and previously served as the planner for Telluride. Haynes has a Bachelor’s degree in Art History, Criticism, and Conservation from Smith College and a Master’s degree in Public Administration from the University of Colorado. Haynes will begin work in her new role on July 17.

Outgoing Director Glen Van Nimwegen, who joined the Town of Mountain Village in 2015, recently accepted the City of Salida Community Development Director position. Van Nimwegen stepped into his new role with over 17 years of experience in planning and development. Van Nimwegen led the Town Hall Subarea Planning Committee during his residency at the Town of Mountain Village. Mountain Village Town Council approved the Town Hall Subarea Plan at the June 20 meeting.

“We are thrilled to have Michelle on board,” stated Mountain Village Town Manager Kim Montgomery. “To have Michelle in the role of Planning and Development Director is such a positive for the community with her extensive experience in the region.”

Focusing on creating strategic and tactical goals for planning and building, and implementing economic development efforts in the town are among the director’s responsibilities.

Haynes brings eight years of experience in planning and development to Mountain Village. In her previous role as building and planning director at the Town of Telluride, Haynes successfully developed a package of Land Use Code zoning incentives aimed at development within the commercial core of Telluride achieving consensus and adoption in January of 2017. Additionally, Haynes helped produce Telluride’s Climate Action Plan — a trending policy action being adopted by cities and towns across the nation and the world — as part of a master’s degree program she undertook at the University of Colorado Denver.

On July 18, the Town of Mountain Village will hold an open house to introduce Miss Haynes to staff and community members. The event is open to the public with appetizers and drinks provided from 4 to 6 p.m. at Mountain Village’s Town Hall. To RSVP for the event please contact, Sue Kunz by email.

Mountain Village agrees to purchase park site; adjacent land could include up to 45 housing units

Mountain Village Park Site

Words by Nichole Zangara / Development, Housing

The Town of Mountain Village is moving forward with plans to construct a new community park and more affordable housing units. On August 18, Town Council unanimously agreed to proceed with the acquisition of Lot 640A, a 1.21 acre parcel, to develop a park and construct additional affordable housing for the community.

The town had previously entered into a non-binding term sheet with Adams Ranch MV LLC, owner of Lot 640A, setting forth the general terms of a deal for the acquisition of the park site. Town Council’s decision will result in a formal purchase and sale agreement memorializing those terms.

The asking price for the park site is set at $550,000, far lower than the appraised price of $650,000. Based on the term sheet, Adams Ranch MV LLC must submit a Rezone, Replat, Conditional Use Permit and Density Transfer Application to the town, and if that is approved, the town must close on the park site no later than 30 days following final approval. To protect the town’s investment, the term sheet requires Adams Ranch MV LLC to begin a safe and town-approved demolition of Telluride Apartments within the first 30 days following closing.

Nothing in the term sheet obligates the town to approve Adams Ranch MV LLC’s development application. Adams Ranch MV LLC will have to follow the standard land use process as set forth in the Community Development Code. The town’s acquisition of the park site is contingent upon these development approvals, allowing the town to terminate the purchase if these are not obtained. The approvals include, among other things, a replat of Lot 640A and adjacent open space in order to create the park site and an increase in zoning up to 45 units from the current 30.

According to town staff, the park area would remain open to the public after closing of the acquisition; however, access would be limited during construction of the employee housing and new park. When the project is complete, the newly constructed employee units would be subject to an employee housing deed restriction.

Lot 640A, also known within the community as the site where Telluride Apartments sits vacant, garnered the attention of voters last year when a citizen-initiated ballot called for various zoning limits on this lot. The ballot passed with 219 yes votes and 180 no votes in favor of limiting the number of units that could ultimately be built on this site to 45.

Mountain Village considers purchase of park site; adjacent land could include 45 housing units

Lot 640A

Words by Nichole Zangara / Development

The Town of Mountain Village wants more affordable housing units beyond the 538 that exist today, in addition to a community park. On May 19, Town Council will consider whether or not to enter into a non-binding term sheet with Adams Ranch MV LLC, owner of Lot 640A, setting forth the general terms of a deal for the acquisition of a park site.

Lot 640A, also known within the community as the site where Telluride Apartments sits vacant, garnered the attention of voters last year when a citizen-initiated ballot called for various zoning limits on this lot. The ballot passed with 219 yes votes and 180 no votes in favor of limiting the number of units that could ultimately be built on this site to 45.

Adams Ranch MV LLC approached the town to gage its interest in acquiring approximately 1.42 acres for a community park. The town’s acquisition of the park site would be contingent upon development approvals. Those include a replat of Lot 640A and adjacent open space in order to create the park site and other approvals, such as an increase in zoning to 45 units from the current 30 sought by Adams Ranch MV LLC. In the event that development approvals are not approved the sale of the park site can be terminated. Nothing within the term sheet obligates the town to approve Adams Ranch MV LLC’s development application as that will have to follow the typical land use process as set forth in the Community Development Code.

According to the non-binding term sheet, the current asking price for the park site is set at $750,000, which Town Council would need to approve, with a closing date no later than 30 days following the final approval of the Rezone, Replat, Conditional Use Permit and Density Transfer Application. To protect the town’s investment, the term sheet requires Adams Ranch MV LLC to begin demolition of Telluride Apartments within the first 60 days following closing.

If Town Council decides to move forward with this acquisition, which would ultimately require a formal Purchase and Sale Agreement with Adams Ranch MV LLC, and Adams Ranch MV LLC receives the necessary development approvals, the existing park area would remain accessible to the public after closing; however, there would be a time with limited to no-park access during construction of the employee housing and new park. Once development is complete, the constructed units would be employee housing units subject to an employee housing deed restriction.

To review the term sheet in its entirety, download the May 19, 2016 Town Council Meeting Packet. The term sheet begins on page 36.

Temporary moratorium on subdividing single-family lots passes

Planning Applications

Words by Nichole Zangara / Development

Mountain Village Town Council passed an emergency ordinance imposing a temporary moratorium at its April meeting which prohibits any applicant who wants to add additional lots and transfer additional density on lots zoned single-family residential pursuant to Section 17.3.4(F)(4) of the Community Development Code. With one absent, five of the six councilmembers voted in favor of the moratorium, which went into effect immediately and is set to expire August 1, 2016.

In recent months, Mountain Village residents and property owners have expressed their concern about a land use law that gives any property owner the ability to subdivide single-family lots within town limits. Due to the volume at which concerns were expressed, Town Council voted to pass the moratorium so they could, as elected officials, engage in conversations with constituents and understand their concerns without the possibility of an application being submitted. A pending application limits Town Council’s ability to discuss any relative issues regarding an application since councilmembers are not allowed to have any ex-parte communications.

According to town officials, the temporary moratorium does not prohibit one from submitting a minor subdivision application, such as lot line vacation and lot line adjustments, a PUD application on lots zoned anything other than single-family residential, or any other development application which is permissible pursuant to the Community Development Code. Moreover, the moratorium does not determine the outcome of Town Council’s deliberations into the issues raised by residents and property owners. It simply gives Council the ability to educate, listen and make an informed decision.

The concerns raised by residents and property owners stem from a 2015 amendment to the Community Development Code related to Section 17.3.4(F)(4), in which the amendment itself didn’t give the ability to subdivide single-family lots, but rather clarified the previous language and refined the process required to accomplish such a subdivision. Therefore, Town Council will examine this language along with previous language in both the Community Development Code and its predecessor, the Land Use Ordinance, which also allowed for the subdivision of single-family lots, along with surveying other similarly situated communities during the period afforded by the moratorium.

Corps provides wetland application update to Hospital District; final decision is pending

Telluride Medical Center

Words by Special Contributor / Development

The Telluride Hospital District (THD) and the Town of Mountain Village released today update on an application filed with the United States Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) concerning a pending Individual Permit to allow the THD to impact wetlands on a parcel of land located next to Mountain Village Town Hall and the Gondola Parking Garage, which THD acquired from the Town of Mountain Village in June, 2015.

The request was to impact and mitigate 0.44 acres of wetlands located on the site. The site would accommodate a new expanded Critical Access Hospital (CAH), designed by the THD to serve the growing population and expanding needs of the Telluride region, which needs are currently underserved given the limitations attributable to the existing aging 9800 sf facility located in the Town of Telluride, which lacks opportunities for sufficient updates and expansions to meet the current and future healthcare needs of the community.

Since 2006, THD, recognizing the space limitations in the existing facility, embarked on process to identify a new site to construct and operate a new, replacement hospital. The process led to the identification of some 22 potential sites that THD determined merited further evaluation for the possible acquisition and siting of the new hospital. THD reached out to the owners of these parcels and encouraged each owner to submit a proposal to THD if their parcel was available to THD for the development and operation of the facility. THD received firm proposals from three owners proposing a transaction with the THD for their respective site. After studying the sites, THD determined that the site owned by the Town of Mountain Village was the only viable site, based upon cost considerations; access to parking and public transportation, applicable land use provisions and similar considerations.

The Town of Mountain Village initially submitted the wetlands permit application for this site in February 2015 and later modified it in July 2015 to facilitate the development of the CAH. Since closing on the Mountain Village parcel in June 2015, THD has been pursuing the wetland permit. Since July 2015, the THD and the Town have responded to questions and provided additional information to the Corps in response to questions and comments raised by the Corps, sister agencies and the public, which made for a clear, detailed record for the Corps to consider and evaluate in making a decision on the wetland permit.

The Corps follows a sequential process in reviewing and acting on a wetland permit. One element of the review is a determination by the Corps clarifying there are not practical alternatives that THD could pursue in connection with the development of the CAH that would avoid impacts to wetlands and allow THD to meet its development goals and objectives.

The Corps advised the THD, in correspondence dated April 19, 2016, “the Corps has determined that the overall project purpose is to construct an expanded medical center facility that will meet the requirements of a Critical Access Hospital (CAH) compliant facility to serve the Telluride Region. The Corps assessed the alternative analysis information you provided in light of the overall project purpose and it appears that at this point there is no other practical alternative location to achieve the overall project purpose.” [See the Corps letter attached.]

With this determination, THD will now proceed with other elements of the wetland permit review process.

THD Board President Larry Mallard commenting on the Corps response said, “I’m pleased to see the US Army Corps of Engineers confirm our belief that ‘it appears that at this point there are no other practical alternative locations.’ We will ask our consultants to diligently follow up with providing information, such as a final wetland mitigation plan to the Corp, to enable it to continue and complete its evaluation of the pending wetland permit.”

Mayor Dan Jansen commented “this is a sequential process and this letter represents an important milepost within the much broader process. We understand there are more steps to come and know the Army Corps is looking for additional information that I’m certain THD will provide in a timely manner.”

Task Force to review initial medical center site plans at a two-day design charrette session

Telluride Medical Center

Words by Nichole Zangara / Development

The Town of Mountain Village is hosting two design charrette sessions to evaluate the initial site plans for the new regional medical center development project. The Telluride Hospital District (THD) Board is proposing to build a 25,000-square-foot medical facility between Mountain Village Town Hall and the Gondola Parking Garage. If financially feasible, this facility may include a second floor, which could house allied health offices in the short-term and serve as an expanded medical center in the long-term. Town Council unanimously agreed to convey roughly a one-acre parcel to the THD in January at di minimis cost. According to Mountain Village Mayor Dan Jansen, the town is excited that the process can shift from site selection to more critical issues.

“While the site selection step was important, the process is now moving into the critical issues of developing the best medical facility, doing so in a fiscally responsible manner, and providing a broader range of services quickly for our communities,” Jansen said.

The proposed medical center is envisioned in the Mountain Village Comprehensive Plan, and due to its location – it falls within the Town Hall Center Subarea Plan – THD representatives will present site-specific development plans to the Town Hall Center Subarea Task Force and members of the public March 31 and April 1.

“The Task Force was created as a condition when the town rezoned several properties within the Town Hall Center Subarea to civic uses. A medical center falls under civic use,” Hawkins explained. “The main responsibility of the Task Force is to review site-specific plans within this subarea in order to ensure that all concerns voiced by surrounding neighbors are considered prior to formal review. During the medical center design charrette sessions, the THD’s architectural firm, Mahlum Architects, will present initial site plans for purposes of obtaining input from the Task Force. Subsequently, the Task Force will provide a non-binding recommendation to the Design Review Board and Town Council.”

The Task Force was formed by way of Town Council appointment in January, and is comprised of four homeowner association representatives from surrounding developments, one Telluride Mountain Village Owners Association Board member, one Town of Mountain Village representative, one Comprehensive Plan Task Force member, and two at large community members. This will be the third time the Task Force will convene formally. This past month the Task Force reviewed The Lofts at Mountain Village development proposal.

Both design charrette sessions will be take place in the conference room in Mountain Village Town Hall on March 31 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and April 1 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. The public is invited to attend these meetings in person or watch online at townofmountainvillage.com/video.