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Mountain News: Revelstoke ski are to open Dec. 22



REVELSTOKE, B.C. – Everything remains on schedule for the Dec. 22 opening of Revelstoke Mountain Resort. The ski area is to have the longest vertical run in North America, about 7,000 feet.

Revelstoke is located along the Columbia River, about 400 miles from Vancouver and 260 miles from Calgary.

Don Simpson, the Denver-based principal developer, told the Revelstoke Times Review that $75 million has been invested so far, with another $50 million committed by next spring.

The first 59 condos sold immediately, and later this month the project will put 25 single-family home lots onto the market. Of them, five will be permitted to have private helipads. Listed prices are $650,000 to $1.5 million.


Carbon-neutral development?

ASPEN, Colo. – Aspen continues to lead the ski towns of the West in addressing emissions of greenhouse gases. The next project being examined by the town would require new development applications to include a carbon footprint statement showing that the project does not add greenhouse gas emissions and can minimize other negative impacts such as air pollution from traffic.

Once the emissions become known, the council could require, as a condition of approval, the development to be carbon-neutral over a 20-year period.

If the development can’t avoid emissions, developers would have to agree to buy carbon offsets. One example cited by The Aspen Times is of a 150-room hotel that could be required to pay $30,000 in “Canary Tags,” the new city-operated offset program. Money paid into this program could help fund bus service, for example.

“Since we are on the cutting edge of this, we could benefit from six months or a year” of study before developers are charged with carbon offsets, said Mayor Mick Ireland. He said he believes the council should start by reviewing only major projects, and eventually developing a comprehensive plan that would include all building permits, as well as affordable housing, and even scrape-and-replace projects.

“The public needs to be aware that when we do something, it has an environmental impact,” Ireland said.

Kimberly Peterson, the city’s global warming project manager, said the law would give developers market incentives to be energy-efficient. “There would be actually a way to hold them accountable,” she said. But, she added, it’s not something to be feared. “It’s not that hard to be carbon-neutral.”


Housing needed to fill jobs

JACKSON HOLE, Wyo. – Officials in both the town of Jackson and Teton County may elevate affordable housing requirements of developers. Currently, developments must have 15 per cent of housing units devoted to deed-restricted housing. The governments are looking at 25 per cent.