Elkhorn master plan OK’d
P&Z approves commercial core design as
By MEGAN THOMAS
Express Staff Writer
After months of deliberation the Sun
Valley Planning and Zoning Commission gave the go ahead for the redevelopment of
Elkhorn Springs, the site of the former Elkhorn Resort.
This rendering illustrates the
commercial core of Elkhorn Springs. The commission worked to ensure a vital
and pedestrian friendly center for the development.
Graphics courtesy of CG-Elkhorn group.
The commission, absent Commissioner
Virginia Egger, unanimously approved the master plan for the Elkhorn Springs
development at its Tuesday, July 27, meeting. The commission also approved
design review applications for the commercial core and multi-story residential
units proposed in Phase 1 of redevelopment.
Since its submittal, whirlwind debate has
surrounded the master plan of Elkhorn Springs, proposed by CG-Elkhorn, a
Connecticut- and Chicago-based investment group that includes Ketchum-based
partner David Hennessy.
The long processes ensued because the
commission lacked an established process to review and approve a conceptual plan
to build a multi-use development.
The last time the developers made
significant headway was in March, when the commission approved the clubhouse.
Use of the clubhouse has been contingent on the approval of the master plan. The
commission’s approval for Elkhorn Springs outlines the "general expectations
with regard to the development of the property."
The development calls for six multi-story
residential buildings, ten paired homes, a restaurant, a country store, a sales
and information office, a golf clubhouse, parking, roads and landscaping.
Development will occur in three phases.
The first phase made headway this week,
when the commission voted to approve the design review applications for the
commercial core and for the two multi-family residential buildings.
The commercial core will include a
restaurant, a country store and a sales and information office.
"I think you have done a fine job,"
chairman Phil Usher commented. "I like the colors, I like the ambiance."
The commission also gave their nod to
approve two multi-family residential buildings, each with 18 residential units.
CG-Elkhorn addressed the council’s previous concern over the impact of the
northern residential building on neighboring structures by shifting the building
and adding a terrace.
The council discussed and tabled the
review of three paired homes also proposed in Phase 1.