Fraser sledding hill hearing continued by county
August 27, 2008
The tubing hill special use permit proposed next to the existing Fraser Sledding Hill is back in Grand County’s court.
In a public hearing, county commissioners were prepared to review an application submitted by a Grand Park Cornerstone Holdings limited liability company “Ellie and Daisy’s Adventure Park” on Tuesday, but due to delays in submitting information to the county engineer, the hearing was postponed to 1 p.m. on Sept. 23 at the county boardroom.
Several Icebox Estates residents opposed to the adventure park because of possible noise and lighting issues showed up to the meeting unaware that it would be continued.
The subject has been brought before commissioners before, at which time questions arose about wetlands issues and whether an annexation of the Byers Peak property was happening with the town of Fraser. Fraser indicated the property in question was eligible for annexation, but now the developer is “currently weighing option to decide whether the town of Fraser or the County is feasible for the projects they are considering,” according to county planning notes.
The adventure park, with an ice skating rink, snow scoot track (miniature snowmobiles) a magic carpet (which transports participants to the top of the hill for tubing and ski jumping) plus concessions, retail, outdoor lights and a public announcement audio system, would be on 35 acres. The park is proposed to be open from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. seven days a week during winter.
The county planning commission unanimously approved the application July 9, with conditions such as downward lighting and verification from the Army Corps of Engineers about a wetlands survey.
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“If sound becomes an issue with the neighboring properties the county will require the applicant to install sound mitigation, restrict the use to certain hours or cease altogether,” the planning commission recommended.
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