Thank you to everyone that sent emails to San Juan County regarding the proposed Motorcoach Development. Roughly 150 emails were received by the San Juan County planner; all supported the Nordic Center's position stated in our letter to the planner.
Our goal is to secure, in perpetuity, the essential function of the North Loop and other existing trails which critically extend and connect the trail network that straddles San Juan and La Plata Counties and to secure in perpetuity a network of trails in the Boyce Lake Village development. This goal is consistent with, and in fulfillment of, the Trail and Recreational Uses Master Plan for Durango Mountain Resort dated February 28, 2003.
Several representatives from Durango Nordic attended the public meeting in Silverton on March 21st. Following review of the development agreement and associated documents, members from the DNSC Board of Directors and the Nordic community were able to reiterate our goals to collaborate with future developments to secure access to trails. Additionally, the San Juan County Planner, Mark Reavis provided a package with our letter to him and all the supporting emails to the San Juan County Planning Commission.
At the conclusion of the meeting, the Planning Commission recommend the following as documented in the meeting minutes:
Ken Safranski made a motion to recommend approval to the San Juan County Commissioners for the Development Agreement and Land Use Regulations with the following conditions:
- Addressing the concerns expressed by the Durango Fire Protection District
- Obtaining approval from the Purgatory Metro District for the extension of water and sewer
- That noise generated from construction be restricted to daytime hours possibly 7 AM to 8 PM
- That the developer encourage discussions with Nordic Ski Center and DMR
- That short term rentals would be controlled by same management and subject to same controls as long term guidelines
Malcolm MacDougall seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously with a show of hands.
Additional excerpts related to the Nordic Trails in the Staff Notes are provided below:
Durango Nordic Ski Center: An issue that has arisen is in regards to trails; specifically Nordic Ski trails. Though this is a concern of the longtime user, Durango Nordic Ski Club Inc., who has utilized this privately, owned land on a yearly renewed lease from November 1st to April 30th of each year. The utilization by the Ski Club of this land on a yearly basis is not an issue of prescriptive use. This area of privately held land and has long been master planned for individual housing development at a density that is comparable to what is currently proposed. The developer has addressed and acknowledged the existence of trails for both winter and summer and the intention of providing connectivity, the development plan notes connectivity. The developer has agreed to listen to the Ski Club concerns and see if accommodations can be made. The developer does not have the ability to plan for connectivity to Nordic Ski Trails without permanent long-term easements from the adjacent southerly land owner. Any recommended adjustments to accommodate Ski trails that may adjust Final Plat layout shall have confirmation of permanent easements.
Ski Trails: Durango Nordic Ski Club Inc. has utilized this privately owned land that is a small portion of more extensive privately owned land on a yearly renewed lease from November 1st to April 30th of each year. The utilization by the Ski Club is not an issue of prescriptive use. The developer shall address trails within the development for both winter and summer and provide connectivity as allowed by adjacent land holders. The developer has agreed to listen to the Ski Club concerns and make possible accommodations that will be reported on and listed as a condition if agreement is reached. Any recommended adjustments to accommodate Ski trails that may require adjustments to the Final Plat layout shall have confirmation of permanent (long-term) easements from the adjacent land owner(s).
Since the meeting, DNSC has met with the developers of Hearthside and with Durango Mountain Holdings to discuss options for securing our goals. The current talks have been promising with respect to short and long term access to trails on the Hearthside property. Once specific agreements are more formally established, we will provide additional updates.
What is next and how can you help?
- Attend the PUBLIC MEETING in Silverton: April 13th, 2017 (8:30 AM). This meeting is for the County Commissioners to County Commissioners to consider approval, amendment, table or rejection of the Phase-1 Preliminary Plat/Plan.
The San Juan County Board of County Commissioners will meet at 8:30 A.M., Thursday April 13, 2017 at the San Juan County Courthouse, at 1557 Greene Street, Silverton, Colorado. The meeting will be held in the Commissioner’s Meeting Room 1st Floor, adjacent to main entry or if necessary moved to a 2nd floor Courtroom to accommodate the public.
- If you are interested in attending the Public Meeting, the Nordic Team Van will be going up that morning, first come first serve. Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested.
- Having a strong presence at the meeting will help reinforce our goals. We strongly encourage attendance. Worried about missing school? This is a great lesson in civics.
- Please continue to send your support via email (and others' you know) to email@example.com. Please copy firstname.lastname@example.org so that we also have a record of emails sent.