Golf course construction at The Canyons could begin this summer
April 13, 2010
Summit County officials said they expect construction to begin this summer on a much-anticipated golf course at The Canyons despite a lawsuit the master association at the resort has filed against Summit County.
On March 31, The Canyons Resort Village Management Association, which helps administer the development agreement at the resort, filed an eight-page complaint against the county and Summit County Manager Bob Jasper.
The lawsuit disputes a timeline Jasper has required for construction of the golf course. Jasper has declared that the Resort Village Management Association, which is comprised of several property owners at the resort, has the principal obligation to build a golf course at The Canyons.
A timeline Jasper laid out in March requires the Resort Village Management Association to complete the golf course by Aug. 1, 2013.
According to deputy Summit County attorney Dave Thomas, the Resort Village Management Association must have a fully operational golf course at The Canyons by September 2013.
"We are hopeful that ground will be broken this summer on construction of the golf course," Thomas said in a telephone interview Tuesday.
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Jasper required the Resort Village Management Association to file a plan with the county for financing construction of the golf course.
The legal findings require the Resort Village Management Association to place a $3 million deposit on the construction by June 15, or as specified in an approved financing plan.
"Failure to perform in accordance with the above deadlines may lead to a declaration of default under the development agreement subject to the applicable cure period," the findings state.
Jasper said he is optimistic that crews will break ground on the golf course construction this summer.
"That’s my hope," Jasper said in a telephone interview Tuesday. "It’s not just the golf course. It’s getting that development back on track in compliance with the original development agreement."
Originally, the agreement required the golf course to be completed in 2002, according to Thomas.
Property owners came together in the late 1990s to form The Canyons Specially Planned Area, which included an 18-hole course and millions of square feet of commercial and residential space. The golf course is crucial for making The Canyons a summer destination spot.
But the Resort Village Management Association is just one of many stakeholders at The Canyons who have sued Summit County trying to impose their own construction timeline on the county, Thomas said.
"The county felt, in order to get the golf course complete, they needed to be the one imposing the timeline. Because the county in the development agreement imposed the original timeline," Thomas said. "The county was not interested in allowing the other entities to provide a timeline because they have not worked in the past."
An attorney for the Resort Village Management Association was not immediately available to comment.