Contested Wolf Creek development could face more delays |

Contested Wolf Creek development could face more delays

DENVER ” Plans for a development near the base of Wolf Creek ski area that would dwarf existing facilities may be set back for several years.

The Durango Herald reported Saturday that developers of the Village at Wolf Creek have agreed to write a new environmental impact statement for the access road they need.

The plans for a new review were revealed in documents involving a lawsuit with ski area owners, who along with environmentalists oppose the new village.

Although the documents were filed in late January, they were not made public until this week.

“The Joint Venture is withdrawing its application for an access road permit from the Forest Service, and it is starting the entire application process over,” the attorneys wrote.

Representatives of developers Leavell-McCombs Joint Venture, the U.S. Forest Service and Durango-based environmental group Colorado Wild could not confirm the content of the settlement this week, because negotiations over a lawsuit regarding the first EIS are not complete.

The Herald said a settlement in that lawsuit could come as soon as next week.

Colorado Wild filed a lawsuit challenging the first environmental impact statement, which the U.S. Forest Service issued in March of 2006. The environmental group claimed the developers had exerted undue influence on government officials.

The development, led by Texas developers B.J. “Red” McCombs and Bob Honts, proposes a resort near the base of Wolf Creek Ski Area that could hold 10,000 people when fully built. In recent court filings, the developers call the Village a $100 million project.

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