Dyer documents win planning commission recommendation
Board approval would pave the way for the developer, Dyer Mountain Associates, to finalize actual subdivision maps for the 7,000-acre resort adjacent to Westwood’s Walker Lake, also known as Mountain Meadows Reservoir.
DMA plans to build, or agree to have another developer build, three golf courses, ski runs, more than 4,000 houses and condos, commercial and retail projects in numerous phases over 25-30 years.
In mid-June, Grant Sedgewick, of the DMA management team, said approval of the documents will dramatically increase the resort developers’ ability to attract institutional investors “who are attracted to this kind of large and long term project.”
He said such investors are “generally not disposed to invest until the county or responsible agency has given approval” to a project.
The development agreement calls for DMA to build no less than three chairlifts and an 18-hole golf course once it constructs 400 dwelling units, or four years after the county records the first subdivision map for phase one of the development, whichever is later, if the board approves the revised development agreement the commission recommended.
The commission also recommended the developer pay to survey the project boundary with PG&E in Walker Lake. It recommended 60-foot maximum building heights, a $50,000 deposit with the same payment every three months up to $1 million by the developer anytime a lawsuit is filed against the project and a maximum three-year extension of the 20-year term of the development agreement if lawsuits delay development.
The large-lot parcel map, to divide 7,000 acres into 13 parcels ranging in size from 40 to 1,118 acres, does not refer to specific projects. Developers of the individual parcels will have to do EIRs and hold public hearings on each proposal to build three golf courses, ski runs, more than 4,000 houses and condos, commercial and retail projects.
In the future, the planning commission will review development plans, tentative subdivision maps and improvement plans over the 25-30 year build out envisioned in the development concept plan.
The development agreement, a contract between the county and DMA, ensures the developer will meet county building standards and take the steps necessary to mitigate environmental impacts.
District 5 commissioner Bob Beckett said he would recommend not allowing any septic tanks in any development on Dyer Mountain since the project includes plans for a sewer treatment plant. He also recommended removing the cross sections showing 18-to-24-foot-wide roads, because he said they would not provide enough space for snow storage since the average snowfall in Westwood is almost 30 feet each winter.
The county’s special counsel for Dyer Mountain, Rick Crabtree, said the project will not be exempt from future taxes, but future development fees will not apply to the development.
In response to questions about the need for two entrance and exit roads for evacuation in case of fire, Assistant Community Development Director Joe Bertotti said no building permits will be issued unless subdivision maps meet the General Plan requirement for two access roads in and out of the resort.
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