P&Z reaffirms Elkhorn demolition denial
project master plan
Express Staff Writer
Valley Planning and Zoning commissioners Tuesday unanimously reaffirmed
a decision made two weeks ago to deny the owners of Elkhorn Resort
permission to implement the first phase of their redevelopment plan for
the Elkhorn Village core.
In a 5-0
vote with Chairman Jim McLaughlin absent, the panel approved a one-page
document confirming the commissioners’ Aug. 27 decision to deny
developers CG-Elkhorn permission to demolish the River Rock Steak House,
Treat Haus snack shop and Elkhorn post office buildings to make space
for a new parking lot.
document—which was reviewed by City Attorney Rand Peebles and
presented by Community Development Director Jack Cloud—was put forth
after a review of the far-ranging Aug. 27 decision.
it lists several "findings of fact" and "conclusions of
law" made by city officials.
findings include determinations that the city was correct in requiring a
Design Review application for the parking-lot project, and that city
code provides the P&Z the ability to request additional information
to help in making decisions.
their decision Aug. 27, commissioners told representatives of CG-Elkhorn
that the developers needed to submit a detailed master plan of the
large-scale redevelopment of the village before an informed
determination could be made about the smaller parking-lot project.
agreed that they did not want to approve aspects of the redevelopment in
a piecemeal fashion, but would consider changes to the village as part
of a complete demolition and reconstruction plan.
proposed demolition of the commercial buildings on the north side of the
village—originally slated to begin on Sept. 15—was identified as the
first element of a larger plan to raze the 132-room Elkhorn Hotel and an
assortment of other structures, but was not submitted as part of
comprehensive master plan.
earlier this year had outlined its intention to redevelop parts of the
village with 56 fractional-ownership condominiums, 38 townhouses and a
recreational complex, but did not ask for formal approval of the
"conclusions of law" In the one-page document approved Tuesday
reassert that CG-Elkhorn will be required to submit a master plan of the
entire project before the first-phase of the redevelopment can be
considered for approval.
conclusions note that a master plan will be required "to fully
review and evaluate the scope of the demolition and the future
development" of the site. They also note that the master plan must
include a detailed demolition plan, a construction schedule and a
detailed snow-removal plan.
by the city in the last two weeks to review the Aug. 27 decision came as
a senior representative of CG-Elkhorn questioned whether the city had
the authority to demand a master plan of the entire project before
allowing any aspects of the redevelopment to begin.
addition, Greg DeStefano, senior vice president for design and
development for Greenfield Partners, last week said CG-Elkhorn officials
were concerned that the city had changed its position about whether some
demolition at the site might be able to proceed without a formal Design
earlier this year told CG-Elkhorn that the parking-lot project would
need to have the P&Z’s formal Design Review approval because the
buildings are attached to two residential buildings that are part of the
Elkhorn Village Condominiums.
at the same time had suggested that the developers might get approval
for other aspects of the demolition administratively if the first phase
was approved by the P&Z.
officials later clarified their position to say individual aspects of
the demolition would not be approved administratively.