Winter Park ready to release 138 units to Lakota despite water worries |

Winter Park ready to release 138 units to Lakota despite water worries

by Stephanie Miller
Sky-Hi Daily News

Winter Park Town Council approved the release of 138 additional units to Lakota Tuesday night, after a long debate about future water availability for Winter Park Water and Sanitation District.

Town Planner Drew Nelson and District Manager Mike Wageck told the council they conducted a basic study in the past couple of weeks that incorporated all existing and future entitled developments in the district. Based on their findings, they concluded the district could have roughly 3,996 ESFUs ” Equivalent Single-Family Units ” in the near future. (The average for a new development in the district is about 1.4 ESFUs per unit.)

That number ” 3,996 ” is based on the assumption that every potential development in the district builds out, Nelson stressed, and should be considered a worst possible scenario since some of the developments probably will not happen at all.

However, the number does indicate that the district may not have enough water in the future, since at full buildout it has already been determined the district can only serve 3,350 ESFUs. And that’s if certain system enhancements are constructed, including a pumpback between the Moffat Tunnel and the district’s treatment facility.

Wageck’s and Nelson’s findings highlighted the fact that council members must plan strategically to ensure future development has enough water.

Wageck and Nelson conducted the analysis after a workshop on Oct. 2. At that workshop, Mike Repucci, who represents Lakota Land Group, asked the town to reconsider the agreement it made with Lakota years ago that allowed Lakota to build additional units only if a pumpback system is put in place.

The pumpback system is currently pending a water right application, and Repucci said his client wants to move ahead with construction now instead of waiting for the water right to be approved. He also pointed out that based on a study done by an engineering firm in 2005, the district showed it has enough water to allow Lakota to move forward.

Lakota requested the release of 222 additional units, which would amount to roughly 310 ESFUs.

Some council members expressed concern, explaining that if they approve Lakota’s additional units, other developments ” such as in Old Town ” wouldn’t be able to buy water taps in the future. After lengthy discussion, the council agreed to approve 138 units (subject to approval of the town attorney).

Winter Park Mayor Nick Teverbaugh said he wants to stick to the original agreement with Lakota, and if the water decree is released in water court, the town could allow the approval of the additional 110 units in the future.

Contract approved to move forward with public transit system

Town council approved a contract between the town and the state of Colorado to move forward with the Fraser Valley Transit System analysis.

The town will receive a $20,000 grant from the state and provide a local match of $5,000 split among Winter Park, Fraser, Winter Park Resort and Grand County.

The analysis will study the possibility of a public transportation system and help ensure further funding from the federal government that may go toward future capital improvements and infrastructure.

Town says ‘no’ to envisioning process with resort

In 2005, the town signed a development agreement, or master plan, with Winter Park Resort. Part of the agreement required that Intrawest assist the town in an envisioning process to write a story-line for the town, much like Intrawest does for its villages. The process would have been used as a marketing tool for the town.

The agreement stated that Intrawest use its in-house staff for the process free of cost, or, if any out-side consultants are used, the resort would split the cost with the town. Due to recent restructuring within the resort’s real estate staff, Intrawest would have to use outside consultants for the envisioning process. The cost would have been more than $70,000.

Town council agreed to release Intrawest from the original obligation, stating that it has sufficient studies of its own.

Building 6 at Winter Park Resort approved

Town council approved the preliminary plat for Building 6 of Intrawest’s base village at Winter Park Resort.

The building is to be located next to Fraser Crossing and Founders Pointe and will be an 81-unit residential condo building. The property would include roughly 96,000 square feet of building, with an exterior patio area containing multiple swimming pools and hot tubs. It also includes a fitness and pool amenity building, proposed to be 5,280 square feet.

Chamber to receive moose statue

Rendezvous has proposed to make a public art donation to the town of Winter Park. The donation includes placing a bronze moose sculpture ” much like the one at the current Rendezvous entrance in Fraser ” at the entrance to the Winter Park/Fraser Valley Chamber of Commerce. It also includes some landscaping, and relocating or updating the current chamber sign.

The donation is in part of the annexation agreement between Rendezvous and the town. Rendezvous and the town are negotiating a name change to the street the chamber is partially located on. The street, Midtown Road, could be renamed Rendezvous Way in the future, since the road will eventually be another entrance to the Rendezvous development.

” To reach Stephanie Miller, call (970) 887-3334, ext. 19601 or e-mail

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