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01-13-03 Town Council Minutes SNOWMASS VILLAGE TOWN COUNCIL REGULAR MEETING MINUTES JANUARY 13, 2003 Mayor T. Michael Manchester called to order the Regular Meeting of the Snowmass Village Town Council on January 13, 2003 at 2:02 p.m. Item No. 1: ROLL CALL COUNCIL MEMBERS PRESENT: Mayor T. Michael Manchester, Douglas Mercatoris, Richard Virtue, and Bill Boineau COUNCIL MEMBERS ABSENT: Council Member Arnold Mordkin was absent STAFF PRESENT: Mike Segrest, Town Manager; Steve Connor, Town Attorney; Carey Shanks, Assistant to the Town Manager; Hunt Walker, Public Works Director; Jim Wahlstrom, Senior Planner; Nick Tucker, Multi-Media Specialist; Julie Lindt, Secretary\Receptionist; and Donna J. Garcia-Spaulding, Second Deputy Town Clerk PUBLIC PRESENT: Mark Stout, George Huggins, Bob Fridstein, Kevin Wright, Bob Schultz, Madeleine Osberger, Brent Gardner Smith, Bernie Grauer, Robert Purvis, Linda Sandels, Gary Suiter, John Rex, Paul Taddune, Dave Myler, Bill Clark, Joe Wells, Jack Hatfield, and other members of the Public interested in Agenda items for this Meeting. Item No. 2: HOLY CROSS PRESENTATION ON SUBSTATION SITES Public Works Director Hunt Walker briefly outlined optional sites and Core issues for Council discussion regarding construction of a substation that would have the least visual impact on the community and on wildlife, and preserve Town-owned land for other uses. Holy Cross Electric (HCE) representative Bob Schultz presented two sets of architectural renderings of a “barn style” gas-insulated substation, an aerial map identifying possible substation locations on Town-owned land, a parcel map of the Rodeo site, and a map identifying all of the alignments and substations under consideration. He presented transmission alignments under consideration and outlined six possible substation sites currently under review at Hidden Valley, Horse Ranch (Schoolhouse site), the Rodeo property, Seven Star Ranch (County Open Space), Seven Star Ranch (Private Land), and the Town Center. Schultz stated that HCE is 01-13-03tc Page 2 of 5 seeking the Town’s permission to submit an application to construct the sub-station on Town-owned sites. Council discussed issues relating to costs, activity generated by the substations, access, substation building dimensions, overhead and underground transmission line alignment and the application process. Schultz stated that if HCE, the Town of Snowmass Village and Pitkin County cannot mutually agree on an alignment and substation, the Public Utilities Commission would use their own set of criteria to make the determination. He stated that all sites would be considered during the application process. Schlutz explained that this project is in response to the existing use and anticipated future increase of kilowatt-hours in Snowmass Village. Staff recommended the Hidden Valley site as a substation location, which would present least visual impact on the surrounding neighborhoods, allow preservation of the Rodeo property for future uses and would not impact wildlife migration corridors. In response to an inquiry by Paul Taddune, Segrest explained that due to County restrictions, wildlife impacts and aesthetic concerns, the County does not believe they can legally approve the use of open space for this project. Bill Clark, citizen; Steve Wipple, representing Pitkin County Planning and Zoning Commission; Bill Hinkwood, representing Wildcat Ranch; Harry Sherman, representing Cougar Canyon; Wayne Floyd, representing the Cemetery Committee; John Francis, citizen; and Linda Sandels, representing the Snowmass Homeowner’s Association, all commented on the proposal. In response to questions from the public, Schultz explained costs related to overhead versus underground line location, the Land Use application process, proposed size of the transmission lines and the substation, and impacts to adjacent properties. He stated that HCE receives no Federal assistance to offset costs. Floyd requested that Council consider the Draw site or the Rodeo property, rather than Hidden Valley. Francis stated the Rodeo Lot as his preferred site location. Mayor Manchester explained that a complete Land Use application would be required if one of the Town sites were chosen for the construction. Council requested that this issue be further discussed with HCE, Town residents, and Pitkin County at a future Meeting. Council Member Boineau disclosed that he is a Member of the Cemetery Board. NOTE: Council took a 5-minute break at this time. Item No. 3: SEVEN STAR RANCH PUD DISCUSSIONS Town Manager Segrest provided Council with an overview of Core issues to be discussed. Senior Planner Jim Wahlstrom provided Council with a power point presentation depicting wildlife impact areas, access road design variations, Principal Development Activity Envelope (PDAE) sites, the Alternate Storage Building Development Activity Envelope (ASBDAE) site on the north side of Lot 1, and Barn Development Activity Envelope (BDAE) sites. Division of Wildlife (DOW) Specialist Kevin Wright stated that the DOW would prefer 01-13-03tc Page 3 of 5 the road connect with the potential future development road leading to the Droste home sites than to have an additional road leading to the Seven Star development from Owl Creek Road. Elk Ridge Homeowner’s Association Rhonda Bassel stated that the Association has agreed to grant an access easement through the open space parcel next to Owl Creek Road. Council discussed the various access locations and determined that an access road through open space from Owl Creek Road would be acceptable and consistent with Code Section 16-153. Council determined most of the design plan to be acceptable and requested that the applicant demonstrate that every effort has been made to meet design criteria. Council requested that the applicant provide designs for the proposed road and the retaining walls for Council review. Council reviewed Core issues regarding wildlife impact mitigation, access road design variations, PDAE sites, BDAE sites, ASBDAE site on north side of Lot 1, trail issues, PUD Guide and Zoning issues, implementation and enforcement, and restrictions to seasonal elk habitat and provided direction to staff on all issues for incorporation of the information into an ordinance for review at a future Council Meeting. Council will visit the ASBDAE site on the north side of Lot 1, which is a major elk migration corridor, to determine if it should be relocated to an area which would not block views from Brush Creek Road. Council agreed that the Highline Trail should be relocated as a result of the access road off of Owl Creek Road to provide continuity of the trail. Council requested that the DOW and the Town be allowed to enter the property to conduct compliance audits, inspections and reviews. NOTE: Council took a 15-minute break and resumed the Regular Meeting at 5:25 p.m. Item No. 4: ENTRYWAY MASTER PLAN (RFQ) DISCUSSION Assistant to the Town Manager Carey Shanks provided an overview of Core issues to be discussed and requested Council direction regarding the Entryway Master Plan area, the scope\purpose of the project; the Entryway Master Plan RFQ, potential development elements and possible incentives, potential partners and recommendations made by the Financial Advisory Board. In response to Council’s request, Shanks reported that he developed a design\build Request for Proposals (RFQ) for the area, and requested Council comments and desires for the property plan. He provided a brief power-point presentation of the Entryway area. Council discussed specific elements of the RFQ document, including the list of the potential development elements and the Town’s incentives, and provided direction to staff. Mercatoris requested Council consider that a Town Hall structure be included for construction in this area. Local resident Jack Hatfield stated his concerns regarding the private sector and public sector mix, the statement it would make as Snowmass Village’s entryway and the impression this will leave with visitors. After further discussion, Council stated that they felt comfortable with the process and requested that the Town Manager proceed with the RFQ process. 01-13-03tc Page 4 of 5 Item No. 5: PLANNING COMMISSION ROLE AND RELATIONSHIPS Mayor Manchester stated that Town Council and Planning Commission members have arranged for a Field Trip Retreat on January 22, 2003. He explained the purpose to discuss the Planning Commission’s role and efficiency in processing Land Use applications. Planning Commission Members George Huggins, Mark Stout and Bob Fridstein stated their expectations of the meeting. Local resident Jack Hatfield stated concerns that Council may shorten the Land Use process. Hatfield requested that the vacancy on the Planning Commission be filled by one of the current Planning Commission Alternates. Item No. 6: PUBLIC NON-AGENDA ITEMS Linda Sandels, President of the Snowmass Village Homeowner’s Association, stated that the Association is no longer able to fund the “Keep Snowmass Beautiful” program and requested that the Town take on the responsibility. Council directed staff to investigate alternatives and costs associated with maintenance of the garden areas, and report findings to Council at a meeting in the near future. Item No. 7: MANAGER’S REPORT COUNCIL CHAMBERS FURNITURE Town Manager Mike Segrest stated that the Town Clerk has met with a local furniture supplier, who will supply pictures and costs for new Council Chambers tables and chairs by the end of January, 2003. After further discussion, Council dirrected Segrest to purchase what he felt would look nice as long as it is of high quality and durable. COMMERCIAL STAKEHOLDER’S COMMITTEE Segrest requested Council’s approval to work with the Commercial Stakeholders group to manage a Commercial Area Master Plan, including cost sharing. He stated that the Mall Ownership would like to know if Council would support a Zoning Overlay of a Sub Area, such as the Mall and its surrounding area. He stated that staff would provide Council with a strategic plan with incremental steps and costs to the Commercial Stakeholders. Council agreed that the Town should be involved as long as creating vitality of the commercial core and the provision for a framework for commercial investors is maintained. Council Member Mercatoris disclosed that he is the owner of a business in the Mall. After further discussions, Council agreed to the request. Council requested that the plans include Base Village, Daly Lane, Elbert Lane, the numbered parking lots, and the surrounding properties in that area. Item No. 8: COMMITTEE REPORTS\COUNCIL COMMENTS\CALENDARS Big Air Competition Mercatoris updated Council on the status of the Big Air Competition, which is scheduled for January 19, 2003. He stated that he is working with the Aspen Skiing 01-13-03tc Page 5 of 5 Company and suggested that this become a regular weekly evening event in Snowmass Village. Parking Enforcement Council Member Boineau requested that staff investigate a more efficient way to enforce parking in the afternoons and evenings in Lots 5 and 6. Mercatoris suggested enforcing existing timed lots and changing the allowable parking times from 90 minutes to 3 or 4 hours in the evenings. After further discussion, Council directed staff to conduct a survey and report findings to Council during a meeting in the near future. ADJOURNMENT There being no further discussion, Council Member Mercatoris made a motion to adjourned the Regular Meeting, seconded by Council Member Virtue. The motion was approved by a vote of 5 in favor and 0 opposed. The Meeting adjourned at 6:55 p.m. SUBMITTED BY: ______________________________________________ Donna J. Garcia-Spaulding, Second Deputy Town Clerk