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Durango Mountain Resort Master Plan Re-Approved

Durango Mountain Resort Master Plan Re-Approved

By the SKI Magazine Editors
posted: 01/01/2000

Durango, Colo. March 6, 2002 (DMR Press Release)--After 22 months of planning and $2 million, the Durango Mountain Resort Master Plan was approved by the La Plata County Board of County Commissioners. The two-county project received approval from the San Juan County Board on Wednesday. With zoning-level entitlement, DMR can now move forward with preparation of Infrastructure Master Plans and village conceptual plans.

"This development agreement is the first of its kind in the Durango area, providing a 25-year window of opportunity with state-of-the-art performance standards and numerous benefits to both counties," said Resort CEO Gary Derck. Master Plan additions that go beyond anything previously seen in the two counties include a fire station, a waste disposal transfer station serving the north part of county, a public trails system, bus service and a community park. DMR will also pay fire impact fees, school impact fees in the two counties, as well as dwelling impact fees to the Purgatory Metropolitan District. DMR's work to minimize effects on wildlife go "far beyond any other project" seen in the two counties, according to engineer Darryl Crites. DMR has initiated an unprecedented employee housing program: The resort will provide housing for approximately 1/3 of its employees by building 1 employee housing unit for every 10 free-market residential units and 20,000 ESF of commercial space.

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 will remain as Open Space, and the use of building envelopes and wetland buffers will help to retain the natural setting and minimize impact to the ecosystem.

Several projects are slated for permitting and pre-sales this summer, including:
1. Woodlands Village, with wooded, single-family home sites with views of the slopes and Engineer Mountain.
2. Hermosa Trail, offering unique snowmobile accessible home sites adjoining the base area.
3. Twilight Vista, boasting magnificent townhomes overlooking the spectacular Needles Peaks, and within walking distance of the slopes.
4. Forest Camp, offering moderately priced townhomes tucked in the woods overlooking the community park, just across from the ski area entrance.

"We've had huge demand for both townhomes and single family home sites, plus many builders looking for land parcels," said Cathy Craig, Managing Broker at Durango Mountain Realty. "For those who want to build a home in the mountains, this is the place to come. It's an exciting time to be here."

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