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02-15-01 Town Council MinutesThe Work Session began at 5:30 p.m. COUNCIL MEMBERS PRESENT: STAFF PRESENT: PUBLIC PRESENT: SNOWMASS VILLAGE TOWN COUNCIL WORK SESSION SUMMARY FEBRUARY 15, 2001 Mayor T. Michael Manchester, Douglas Mercatoris, Robert Purvis, Richard Virtue and Arnold Mordkin COUNCIL MEMBERS ABSENT: All Council Members were present. Gary Suiter, Town Manager; Robert Voigt, Senior Planner; Jim Wahlstrom, Senior Planner; Art Smythe, Chief of Police; Hunt Walker, Public Works Director; David Peckler, Transportation Manager; Carey Shanks, Assistant to the Town Manager; Trudi Worline, Town Clerk PLANNING COMMISSIONERS PRESENT: George Huggins, Doug Faurer, Bill Boineau and Bob Fridstein Bill Kane, David Bellack, Doug Mackenzie, Madeleine Osberger, Richard Shaw, Don Schuster, Steve Stay and other members of the public interested in today's Agenda items. Bill Kane of the Aspen Skiing Company (ASC) stated that the purpose of this Work Session is to discuss planning issues as they may affect the anticipated submission of a new village center at the Base Village area. He recapped the discussions held at a previous pre- sketch plan meeting on this topic. Planned discussions for this meeting included the Comprehensive Plan and Land Use Code as they affect the design process of Base Village and included transportation, parking, traffic analysis and history, the road network and intersection improvements. Kane requested that Council comment and provide direction at the end of the presentation, to assist the Aspen Skiing Company with a design for the site appropriate to the expectations of the Town and developer. 02 -15 -01 ws Page 2 Senior Planner, Jim Wahistrom provided a slide presentation and maps depicting the Base Village site, surrounding areas, and also provided research information derived from the Comprehensive Plan, the Land Use Code and previous applications specific to the Base Village area. He outlined related concerns derived from staff as well as from previous application reviews for the Base Village site. He also outlined desirable amenities and design concepts expressed by Council during previous application reviews for this same area. Kane outlined alternatives to be considered for the Town shuttle and public bus service movements and expressed the need to provide and improve the quality of service and transportation experience for the arriving skier. He explained that development at the Base Village area will displace current parking spaces and he proposed 200 day -skier parking spaces in Base Village. Kane identified a plan to expand the Rodeo Parking Lot in an effort to reduce the number of vehicles arriving in the core area. David Peckler, Transportation Manager, stated concerns that the development would be an additional trip generator and possibly a new hub for transportation. A Roaring Fork Transportation Authority (RFTA) representative provided the current and future bus ridership numbers for Snowmass Village. He explained that the Rural Transportation Authority (RTA) plans would increase frequency of buses and enhance upper valley service from Glenwood Springs to Aspen, benefiting skier arrivals in Snowmass Village. Kane outlined an envisioning of the Base area as a center of skiing activity, providing all skier services at one location. He stated that the economic impact on Mall area and Center area businesses resulting from the full service location at the Base is unknown. He explained that a transportation center would require approximately two acres of land, which could not be accommodated at the Base Village site, and recommended that the transportation center remain in the Mall area. Don Schuster of the ASC reported that research is being conducted during the month of March to identify what skiers do at the end of their ski day in Snowmass Village. The group discussed the most appropriate drop -off location for skiers and visitors arriving in Snowmass Village. Hunt Walker, Public Works Director, provided an overview of parking requirements as outlined in the Comprehensive Plan, which allows 1200 parking spaces in the core area. The Town currently has 1,525 parking spaces included in the numbered parking lots and parking lots A, B and C. Base area development will displace current parking spaces in Parking Lot A, but plans include 200 sub surface spaces in the new development plan, particularly to accommodate the children's center. The Snowmass Mountain operations building is also planned for construction in this area and a limited number of parking spaces will be provided for that operation. Kane requested further discussion with Council regarding the Entryway Project Plan, which proposed an 02 -15 -01 ws Page 3 area for additional parking spaces. He suggested a consideration of on- street parking within the Base Village development. Richard Shaw of Design Workshop, addressed the intersection difficulties that previously discussed round abouts have presented, requiring a significant amount of land. He recommended further consideration of realigning the Snowmelt Road /Brush Creek Road intersection to provide a true "T" intersection. Kane summarized conclusions reached by the applicant which included that the transportation hub remain at the Mall area, the need to expand the Rodeo parking lot, the proposed connection between the Mall and Base Village remain a consideration, continuation of research on a fixed guideway system, that a 90- degree intersection would be the most appropriate solution for the intersection of Snowmelt Road and Brush Creek Road, and to continue dialogue with the RTA to increase the number of parking spaces at the Intercept Parking Lot. Mercatoris requested that ASC consider the increasing down valley growth when addressing transportation issues. Mayor Manchester asked that ASC consider a mobile vehicle such as a monorail system, etc., to move skiers and guests from lower parking lots to the core area. He stated that the next meeting of the pre sketch discussions is scheduled to be held on March 1, 2001. The Work Session ended at 7:25 p.m. Submitted By, Trudi Worline, Town Clerk