(This story was first published in the May 30, 2013 edition of the Vermont Standard.)
By Virginia Dean
KILLINGTON — A phased master plan for a new ski village at the base of Killington, proposed by SP Land Co., is coming closer to fruition now that the last state permits were granted a week ago.
“This is one step in the process,” said SP Land Co. President Steve Selbo. “There are many other phases.”
The $133.4 million Phase I development includes 193 condominiums, nine single-family lots and 23 duplex lots, 31,000 square feet of retail space, a 77,000 square foot base lodge, a ski beach connecting Snowshed and Ramshead base areas, relocation of a portion of Killington Road, and a new Village Green, Selbo said.
The Ramshead Brook subdivision of Phase I will create 32 residential lots and 23 duplex lots. The new ski beach will result in easy access to the village core from the slopes. The village water system modification and upgrades focus on Snowdon Well Field Project and the construction of the Valley Well Field Project.
The company received approval from the Agency of Natural Resources in Montpelier for storm water permits, Selbo said. The application was submitted to the District 1 Environmental Commission in February 2012 and included upgrades to the water system to supply the village.
Referring to the unexpected holdup in the permit process, Selbo said, “In their defense, there was a change of administration with Shumlin getting elected and then Tropical Storm Irene which put them in a tailspin, so I think we slipped through the cracks.”
The same month, SP Land Co. filed its Act 250 permit application which will now come to the forefront and is projected to be completed in Phase I by the end of the summer, Selbo noted. The separate permit was for a 1,276-vehicle parking lot which would be located just north of the Mountain Inn.
“I’m really excited about getting this kicked off,” Dick Horner, Town Zoning and Planning Adminstrator, remarked.
The village master plan includes a 20-30-year buildout on just over 300 of the 1,300 acres owned by SP Land Co. in the community, Selbo related, and includes approximately 200,000 square feet of retail space and associated parking and utilities.
As soon as Phase I is approved through Act 250, SP Land will take the next step of finalizing its permits with the town of Killington in order to market the product and begin construction, Selbo said.
SP Land’s Act 250 application includes a conceptual and detailed plan for Phase I construction. Ensuing phases are slated to include an additional 2,050 housing units and another 169,000 square feet of commercial space.
“We have to get through the Act 250 process and appeals, and have a sound permit before we even start talking about construction in Phase I,” Selbo stated.
During the first years of construction, development is scheduled to include the Village Core, the Ramshead Brook Subdivision and the Killington Village Water System. Four phases are planned for the expansion of the Village Core.
Killington Resort is owned by Powdr Corporation of Park City, Utah.
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