Durango Mountain Resort Master Plan Approved - Ski Mag

Durango Mountain Resort Master Plan Approved


Durango, Colo. (DMR Release)--After more than 18 months of review, the Durango Mountain Resort (DMR) Master Plan was approved by a joint San Juan and La Plata County Planning Commission. In the joint session, commissioners voted 8-1 to recommend approval of the Development Agreement, Master Plan and Land Use Regulations to the respective Boards of County Commissioners.

The 25-year development plan includes 1,649 units on 612 acres. A large portion of the units will be concentrated in an expanded Purgatory Village base area, including luxury hotels, lodges, resort condos, transfer lifts and recreational facilities. The remaining units will be spread through five residential neighborhood villages, ranging from cabins and townhomes to executive and estate home sites. More than 40 percent of the 612 acres has been designated Open Space--the use of building envelopes and wetland buffers will help to retain the natural setting and minimize impact to the ecosystem. The project will include an expansive community park and an extensive trail system.

The Master Plan has gone through extensive review and revision over the past year-and-a-half, with DMR and County Staff working closely with numerous public agencies and various other governmental and environmental groups to reach agreement on issues ranging from design standards and setbacks to school fees and employee housing. DMR has been praised by County Staff, local residents and business owners for their willingness to cooperate. The resort will provide housing for approximately 1/3 of its employees by building one employee housing unit for every 10 free-market residential units and 20,000 ESF of commercial space. Extensive study and time has also been devoted to air quality and traffic issues, as DMR seeks to create a destination resort community. The Master Plan will now be presented to the county commissioners. If approved, Master Plans for the development's infrastructure (roads, sewer, water, trails and drainage) would then go before county officials. Then each village within the community will be subject to approval by the appropriate Planning and County Commissions. "We're pleased, after so much work and effort by both County and resort staffs, to gain approval from the joint Planning Commission," said Resort CEO Gary Derck, "but this is just the beginning of significant planning, with much more review and approval to come for this long-term project."

"We would like to thank the Planning Commissions for the many, many hours they spent on site visits, workshop reviews and hearings," continued Derck, "and we look forward to working with them as the project progresses."

For more information about Durango Mountain Resort, check out their website at www.durangomountainresort.com.