Austin-based developer Clint Jones
has been pounding the Pagosa pavement over the past couple of days, looking for support for a re-envisioned resort at the top of Wolf Creek Pass, elevation 10,000 feet.
made a presentation for the Pagosa Builders Association
on Wednesday night, and was scheduled to present for the Archuleta County Board of County Commissioners
later on Thursday evening.
I attended the presentation by Jones given for the Town Council yesterday at noon at Town Hall, where a standing-room-only crowd heard about a somewhat scaled-back project to be built in several phases - phases that would be closely tied to any eventual development of the Wolf Creek Ski Area, a family-friendly ski area that has traditionally boasted short lift lines, reasonably-price lift tickets and "The Most Snow in Colorado.
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Austin developer Clint Jones explains the new plan for the controversial Village at Wolf Creek, during yesterday's Town Council meeting - a "improved" plan that entails its own controversial details.
"The first page of your handout talks about the present plan that was approved in Mineral County and that's still in effect, and has been renewed by Mineral County," Jones
told the Council, referring to the fact that the Village at Wolf Creek is not located in Archuleta County and therefore outside the regulation by our local governments.
But because the proposed land swap involves U.S.
Forest Service lands, Jones
will likely need to win some support from the two towns on either side of Mineral County.
That would be Pagosa Springs to the west, over here in Archuleta County, and the little town of South Fork, to the east in Rio Grande County.
"That's the present plan," Jones
The packet of drawings that Jones
distributed to the Council yesterday contained maps of the "original" plan for the Village - which Jones claims will still be built out, if he
, and the owner of the property, billionaire B.J. "Red" McCombs, are not able to win approval for the proposed Forest Service land swap and the new resort plans.
The packet also contained maps showing the 200-some acres of Forest Service land which Jones
is hoping to acquire through the swap.
, the founder of Clear Channel Communications
with headquarters in Austin, TX, acquired the original Village at Wolf Creek property through some questionable maneuvering in Washington DC back in the 1980s, I believe.
is now 84 years old and Jones
was asked, during his presentation, whether the Village project would continue to move forward if something should happen to McCombs
stated that McCombs' daughter, Marsha McCombs Shields, who has been active in McCombs business dealings and would presumably inherit the project from her father, is also behind the newly proposed land swap.
Honts was replaced last year by Austin developer Clint Jones, as McCombs' new project director - and Jones freely admitted, during yesterday's presentation, the PR disaster and lack of transparency that haunted the previous development process.
The slide of the newly envisioned village, as Jones
displayed it at yesterday's meeting, seemingly showed a solution to the access problem - as well as a commitment to tie the size of the development to the size of the ski area.