Mountain Village Mayor's Minute

November Mayor's Minute

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Hello neighbors,

Below are some Town Council meeting highlights from last month and some upcoming topics. As always, I hope you can join us for tomorrow’s meeting or consider sharing your feedback with us about any of these matters.

October 17 Meeting Highlights:

  • We recognized and awarded Officer Erika Moir the Great Service Award for her life-saving response to a service call for a non-breathing infant. Upon arriving on scene, Officer Moir cleared the infant’s airway and administered CPR until the infant was breathing again. She continued to provide breathing support and monitored the infant until EMS transported the baby to the Telluride Medical Center. We commend her for her quick, calm actions that were so instrumental in saving this baby’s life.
  • Town Council approved an ordinance amending the Community Development Code (CDC) to clarify the definition of Efficiency Lodge units, and other hotel zoning designations, and amending the criteria to rezone certain zoning designations. These Short-Term Accommodation units may only be rented, leased, or occupied for a period of less than thirty consecutive days by any occupant and may not be used as a primary residence.
  • And lastly, we heard updates and reports from Marketing Telluride Inc., Green Team, EcoAction Partners, and the San Miguel Power Association.

If you would like more specifics about these topics, you can watch a video of last month’s meeting on the town’s website. October meeting minutes will be posted online after they are approved at tomorrow’s meeting.

November 21 Agenda Topics:

  • Town Council will discuss and consider the 2020 Budget, specifically:
  • We will vote to approve and adopt the 2020 Budget and revise the 2019 Budget.
    • The 2020 budget can be found at, using the OpenGov Portal. You can also access this tool to take an in-depth review of the town’s past financial reporting, budgeting, and expenses. Stay tuned for a more in-depth email dedicated solely to the 2020 budget, once the budget has been approved.
  • Town Council will consider an amendment to the expired La Montage Planned Unit Development (PUD) on Lots 126R and 152R, formerly referred to as the Rosewood PUD. This past June, Town Council reviewed the La Montagne PUD and determined that it was in the best interest of the community not to revoke the PUD or remove the existing site-specific development plan from the properties. This PUD has been revised by the applicant who now requests the development of 49 condominium units and four employee apartments on these lots. Historical information about these lots and the now-expired PUD can be reviewed online.
  • We will consider a Conditional Use Permit (CUP) for a public art installation on Lot OSP-49, directly below the gondola line. The Ah-Haa School for the Arts, in conjunction with artist Tavares Strachan, is proposing a temporary art installation that will be visible from the gondola and will read “We are in this together.” The proposed installation would be visible starting May 2020 and would remain in place until November 2021. The applicant has stated that this project will only be visibly lit during gondola operating hours and the lights will not be on during off-season or after gondola hours of operation.
  • Town Council will consider an application by TSG to rezone and transfer density for the construction of one additional apartment building in the Mountain View Apartment complex. This project could allow for an additional 12 employee apartment units for a total of 42 employee apartment units. In 2015, a citizen-initiated ordinance limited the maximum number of units on this lot to 45 total employee apartments.
  • And lastly, we will hear a quarterly update from Telluride Ski & Golf CEO, Bill Jensen.

A full agendaand packet has been posted on our website; we welcome your input and hope to see you at the meeting.

Warm regards,

Laila Benitez
Mountain Village Mayor

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