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Home Depot concept approved by Silverthorne

Caitlin Row
Silverthorne, CO Colorado

SILVERTHORNE, Colorado ” Silverthorne approved Home Depot’s initial site plan and wetlands-disturbance permit Wednesday, despite uncertainty about road improvements and wetlands mitigation.

The national home-improvement retailer proposes to build a 100,000 square-foot store south of Interstate 70, near the outlet stores close to the base of the Dillon Dam.

Councilwoman Peggy Long, who opposed both the plan and the permit, said she questioned the idea that the “public good” of having a Home Depot outweighs wetlands destruction.

“They were damn fine wetlands 10 years ago,” she said in response to councilman Bruce Butler.

Butler said the wetlands on the proposed building site could possibly be “low-grade stuff” that “may be a bi-product of former industrial use.”

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Butler also said he wanted Home Depot representatives to form a plan to control surface litter that could potentially blow into the Blue River from the parking lot.

Council still had questions about which road improvements would be required by the town for Home Depot’s opening day of business, and if Silverthorne would consider cost-sharing for road construction.

“This is a sketch plan,” said councilman Vince Lanuza. “There are a lot of concerns still. … This is not a done deal. There are so many things to consider.”

The town planning commission unanimously approved Home Depot’s initial site plan and wetlands disturbance permit on Feb. 17.

Silverthorne’s planning staff recommended denial of the wetlands disturbance permit, but the commission and the council overruled staff findings. Home Depot also plans to mitigate the wetlands destroyed by creating more in Silverthorne’s Cottonwood Park.

Public comment on the Home Depot issue wasn’t allowed Wednesday because the vote was a continuation from the previous meeting. Numerous locals commented against a Home Depot two weeks ago.

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