Village at Wolf Creek Land Exchange Proposal
Public Interest Determination of the Rio Grande National Forest
Based upon the above information, the proposed Wolf Creek Land Exchange may be in the public interest and merits additional evaluation. The merits include:Moves much of the private development farther away from the ski area, thus potentially reducing some of the expressed conflicts which previously surfaced as part of the environmental analysis for the easement grant.
Development approvals would be staged and directly tied to increased development at the ski area (as specified in the 12/30/10 proposal supplement) thus potentially reducing some of the expressed conflicts relating to the scale of the private development and its affect on the character of the ski area.
WCSA appears to support the proposed exchange, in contrast to the development plan previously approved by Mineral County. It provides for a net gain of approximately 27 acres of wetlands and 8500 linear feet of perennial stream.. It increases skiable alpine terrain.
A grade separated interchange off Highway 160 will be built for access that will accommodate traffic volumes at full buildout, and so will not need to be revised/revisited for future phases. This location and design will be agreed to by the proponent, CDOT and the USFS (including WCSA as FS permittee) prior to the completion of the exchange analysis.
RecommendationIt is my belief that the merits of completing an exchange must be evaluated in contrast to the grant of an easement for access to the property. The owner has a right of access under ANILCA and that LMJV has every intention of securing access to the property either through land exchange or direct easement grant.
Based on the above analysis, and when weighed against the proponent‟s existing ANILCA access right and subsequent request for a road easement, this exchange appears in the public interest. It is my opinion that this proposal is technically feasible, and an Agreement to Initiate should be entered into. It is my belief that the tangible physical resources to be acquired, when accompanied by the intangible benefits of reduced, staged and partially relocated development, make this exchange worth moving forward on. If faced with the alternative of an easement grant, the Forest Service would receive none of these benefits.
• VWC-DEIS 3.1 Surface Water – Water Quality, Stream Health
we have this one moment to tell the Rio Grande Forest Service and the US Department of Agriculture's powers-that-be what a destructive boondoggle this luxury Village at 10,500± elevation would be.
But, they'll never listen to you, if you don't contact them!
Village at Wolf Creek Land Exchange Proposal #35945
Commenting on This ProjectThe Forest Service values public input. Comments received, including respondents’ names and addresses, will become part of the public record for this proposed action. Comments submitted anonymously will be accepted and considered; however, anonymous comments will not provide the agency with the ability to provide you with project updates. The Forest Service wishes to provide you with as many opportunities as possible to learn about our activities.
Official Deadline for comments: 9/30/2012. (or is that Friday the 28th, or Monday the 1st?)
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By the way, thanks for looking in on this blogspot, Peter