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Planners like 24-townhome development

Christine Metz

The city Planning Commission gave mostly positive feedback for a proposed 24-unit townhome development.

The Planning Commission saw a pre-application plan for the 10-building development comprised of duplexes and triplexes and located in the southwest corner of Apres Ski Way and Medicine Springs Drive.

Developer Charles Sher estimated the townhomes would be priced at about $700,000 and $800,000 and hopes to break ground on the project by the end of the summer.

The four to five bedroom townhomes are expected to be 2,800 square feet or more.

Architect Tom Jarmon, of Eric Smith Associates, said the developer went through 20 site plans to find the right amount of density.

The 3.02 parcel sits south of The Landings’ single-family homes and west of The Lodge’s townhomes. Jarmon said they looked at what density would best fit between the two developments. The parcel is approved for a 36-unit townhome development.

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“We felt like (this plan) offered a better transition,” Jarmon said.

The Planning Commission was supportive of the development’s site plan, amount of density and architecture. In a pre-application hearing, the Planning Commission does not vote on the project but does provide feedback.

The plan calls for four triplex buildings and six duplex buildings. Each of the units would have a two-car garage. The development also would have an amenity building, swimming pool, volleyball court and hot tubs in the center of the site.

The architecture showed wood-sided townhomes with stone foundations and accents, and heavy, log trim. The front of the buildings would have two-car garages and large, open windows.

Planning Commissioner Dick Curtis requested the developers place a sidewalk along Medicine Springs Drive.

“There is a lot of traffic and no place to walk. It would be nice to have a dedicated walkway,” he said. “Right now, you are going to have people walking all over the place.”

The site plan did not show a sidewalk, but in his memo to the Planning Commission, city Planner Tom Leeson stated the applicants had expressed intent to have one. Leeson said city staff also had made that recommendation.

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