Master plan for Canyons Village draws support
The plan to reconfigure Canyons Village at Park City Mountain Resort has yet to receive any pushback from the community and seems to be drawing wide support.
Last week, TCFC Finance Co., the development company that owns the land on which Vail Resorts operates its ski area, and Replay Resorts hosted a community meeting about the new Canyons Village Master Plan to reconfigure approximately 2.3 million of square feet of development in the upper and lower village. More than 65 people attended the open house at the Grand Summit Hotel.
Chris O’Neill, a local Realtor who lives in Park Meadows, said TCFC and Replay Resorts appear to be taking the necessary steps toward responsible development. He added, “I’m pro development and I think our area is only going to get bigger and better.”
“I think people that move here want the door to close right behind them, but hardly anyone is from here and so what is our town going into look like 10 or 15 years from now?” O’Neill said. “At least they have a responsible plan for 2.3 square million feet of additional space. I like ski resorts and I like our busy winters and I like our shoulder season. I think it makes what we have work even better.”
The reconfiguration shows plans for several more hotels and condominiums, a parking garage and transit hub, skier plaza, aquatic center, 60,000-square-foot conference center, and a Village Walk that will include stores, cafes and bars. The plan also includes a new lift to serve as an anchor to the Village Walk.
Approximately 340 workforce housing units are slated for the lower village. The current plans for the project will consist of studio and two-bedroom apartments at 300 and 600-square feet, respectively. A parking structure with 775 spaces is also planned for the lower village near the Cabriolet Lift.
Additional features include approximately 250-parking spaces slated for the resort core to serve as short-term parking, a 300-foot bridge over Willow Draw near the Orange Bubble Lift and a hotel development that may include golf-related services such as a clubhouse near Hole No. 18 at Canyons Golf. All of the pending development represents what was approved through the Specially Planned Area in 1999.
“One of the many challenges we faced in reworking the master plan is managing the large variances in the grade ,” said Gary Raymond, managing director for Replay Resorts. “We are thrilled that we have been able to create a much more walkable village. You will be able to walk from one end to the other.
“The Canyons Village is currently at maximum capacity for only 10 to 15 high volume days during teh ski season holidays,” he said. “Our goal with this new plan is to create a much more vibrant experience for both guests and locals that will be successful year-round.”
Raymond, who touted his role in developing Keystone Resort and the River Run Village in Keystone, Colorado, said the development will take seven-to-10 years.
“I believe we have done an unbelievable job in the context of what we are trying to do moving forward,” Raymond said. “We are starting to meet with Vail (Resorts) and the CVMA (Canyons Village Master Association).
“Construction will have an impact on existing residents,” he said. “But think of it as short-term pain for long-term enjoyment.”
Last week, the Snyderville Basin Planning Commission approved a final site plan for a new lift starting at the junction of North Escala Court and West High Mountain Road. The project also includes 114,000 square feet or 61 lodging units. Additionally, work on the Apex Residences near the Red Pine Gondola has already begun.
A fairly extensive building program is expected to commence in the spring of 2017 with construction on a condominium project near the Sundial Lodge spearheaded by Replay Resorts.
James Wilson, who is general counsel for a real estate company in California and splits his time between Jeremy Ranch and Newport Beach, California, has lived in Summit County since the early 1990s. Wilson said he generally favors the plan if it allows for the completion of the development at the base area.
“I’m not directly impacted by what they are proposing, but ultimately I think if it gets finished it is a good deal,” Wilson said. “Overall, I thought the presentation was very professional and these guys are very qualified. I’ve seen the good, the bad and the ugly and this one strikes me as being good.”
The Canyons Village Master Plan was recently submitted to the Summit County Planning Department and will be presented to the Snyderville Basin Planning Commission before it can be finalized and approved. A work session on the topic has not yet been scheduled.
To view the Canyons Village Master Plan, go to http://canyonsvillageplan.com/vision/.
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