Kirkwood housing development approved
June 13, 2007
Amid opposition, supervisors from Amador County unanimously approved a planning commission decision endorsing development of the Martin Point subdivision at Kirkwood Mountain Resort.
Thirty-three single-family homes and one duplex are planned as part of the project.
“The board of supervisors went ahead and denied the appeal so that Martin Point development will proceed forward, but there are stipulations that go along with the procedure,” Amador County Supervisor Ted Novelli said in a phone interview on Tuesday.
Supervisors required Kirkwood to be in compliance with existing mitigation measures before construction of the subdivision can begin in the summer of 2008.
“We will be in full compliance with all 159 measures,” said David Likins, chief operating officer for the resort. “We’re within two or three at this time.”
Likins expected full compliance to be reached within “the next several months.”
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A 2006 parking study, which has yet to be properly submitted, was one of the grievances cited by the Friends of Kirkwood and the Foothill Conservancy during their appeal.
Streams muddied during a November 2006 storm, documented on the Foothill Conservancy’s Web site, were also a basis for the groups’ claims Kirkwood should not be allowed further development until mitigation measures are met.
“It became a ‘he said, she said’ meeting and it’s really unfortunate that the supervisors did not look at the records as far as mitigation compliance,” Friends of Kirkwood President Reid Bennett said Wednesday. “I’m just concerned whether or not the developer will really be in compliance when the time comes or whether they’ll just claim to be.”
The Board of Supervisors also promoted greater collaboration between Kirkwood Mountain Resort and the environmental advocates, with Novelli encouraging the formation of a committee to discuss issues at the resort and advise the board of their findings.
On Wednesday, Likins seemed pleased with the board’s decision.
“We don’t have any problem with the suggestion,” Likins said. “We think it’s a great idea.”
Although the members of the committee have not been officially determined and its first meeting date has not been set, the committee is likely to include representatives of Amador County, Kirkwood Mountain Resort, the Foothill Conservancy and Friends of Kirkwood.
Inaugural Environmental Day
Where: Kirkwood Mountain Resort
When: July 1
8 a.m. – Guided Nature Hike, meets at Kirkwood General Store
10 a.m. – Kirkwood Mountain Clean Up, meets at Red Cliffs Lodge
12 p.m. – Free barbecue for Mountain Clean Up Volunteers, Environmental Fair on the Village Plaza