Subdivision plans at two area ski resorts reviewed
Subdivision plans for a potential sale of two area ski resorts needs a little fine tuning, the Carbon County Planning Commission said recently.
During the monthly meeting of the county planning commission on Tuesday, Ivan O. Meixell Jr., county planner, overviewed Blue Ridge Real Estate Company and Big Boulder Corporation's plans for subdivisions at Big Boulder and Jack Frost Ski areas. The plans call for subdividing the ski area land, located in Lake Harmony, Kidder Township, from the rest of land owned by Blue Ridge Real Estate.
Craig Harahus, land manager for Blue Ridge Real Estate Company, who was present at the meeting, said that the reason for the subdivisions is because Blue Ridge Real Estate is intending to sell those plots to Peak Resorts Inc. of Wildwood, Missouri, the current leasee of the ski resorts.
Harahus added that Peak Resorts has been operating Big Boulder and Jack Frost for the last five years.
Meixell explained that the two plans, as submitted are missing some minor and major information. These issues will need to addressed and resolved before plans could move forward.
On the Big Boulder proposal, Meixell outlined the seven problem areas and told Harahus what needs to be done to make the plan compliant with the Kidder Township Land Development Ordinance. He then recommended that the board give conditional plan rejection until all conditions are addressed and mitigated. The motion passed 5-0. Al Feuerstein, Dale Poe, Fred Bresswein and Ted Nagle were absent.
On the Jack Frost Ski Area proposal, Meixell also outlined four problem areas and then recommended that the board give conditional plan approval, provided that the conditions are addressed and mitigated. The motion passed 5-0.
Before further action could be taken by the companies, the proposals must also be approved by Kidder Township.
Blue Ridge Real Estate Company currently owns over 10,000 acres of land that surrounds and includes the two ski resorts. Harahus explained prior to Meixell giving his recommendations that there are plans to develop about 4 percent of the land into 3,000 vacation units. This project, as proposed, would be completed over the next few decades.
Harahus added that these units are a huge source of revenue for the Kidder Township area because each unit brings in about $3,000 a year in real estate taxes.
Currently about 1,000 of these units have been developed over the last decade.
In other matters, the board also voted on four other subdivision proposals in the county. They are:
• Kirk and Stacy Schwartz and Darren E. Reinhart, proposed a subdivision at 144 Bear Creek Drive, Penn Forest Township. Plans call for subdividing .478 acres off the Schwartz's 163.67 acres; and combining it with Reinhart's land, creating a new 5.224-acre plot. This plan received plan approval.
• Joseph McConnell proposed a lot line revision at 201/203 North Main Lane, Lehighton. Plans call for combining the two lots. This plan received conditional plan rejection until issues outlined by Meixell are addressed and mitigated.
• Kevin G. Rhoads, Kathy A. Long, and Wayne E. Nothstein proposed a subdivision and lot line revision at 43 Third Ave., and 92 Stedman Ave., Lehighton. The plans call for subdividing .97 acres into four lots. The plan received conditional plan approval.
• Lynn A. Coll and Paul L. Tarone proposed a subdivision at 760 Spring Mountain Road, Packer Township; and a lot line revision at 147 Sand Spring Road, Packer Township. The plans call for subdividing Coll's 22.71 acres into two lots, and then combining a 1.06-acre plot with Tarone's 2.97-acre lot. The plan received conditional plan approval.