Washington Ski Resort Sues County For Bumbling Expansion Plan Approval

Washington Ski Resort Sues County For Bumbling Expansion Plan Approval

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Washington Ski Resort Sues County For Bumbling Expansion Plan Approval

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“We’re not asking for anything from the county or the Chelan County taxpayers. Just follow the law, and follow the code. That’s all we’re asking.”Larry Scrivanich, Owner of Mission Ridge

In 2014, Indy Pass partner Mission Ridge bought eight hundred acres of private land next to the ski resort. Since 2015, a comprehensive plan has been created to expand into this territory. According to the Seattle Times, the past couple of years has become a full-on feud between the resort and the county.  After initial positive steps on the development between the two sides, the county initially said the project could proceed as proposed. In 2020, the county did a 180. Then-interim Community Development Director Deanna Walter told the resort that a lengthy and costly review process is needed for its official approval. No further details have been given by the county, and the resort has responded by issuing a $6.4 million dollar lawsuit against the county in September of 2020. General Manager Larry Jorgensen accused the county approval process of being “disjointed, exceedingly costly and time-consuming.”

The following additions are proposed: additional day ski parking lots, a terrain expansion that would create a new one for beginner skiers and riders, a new lodge with restaurants, new nordic skiing runs, overnight lodging options (condos, townhomes, duplexes, etc.), commercial spaces, snow tubing, snowshoeing, hiking and biking trails. The residential development will include “613 condominiums, townhomes and duplexes, combined, and 260 single-family units built in four phases over 20 years. ” A video explaining Mission Ridge’s expansion plans is below:

Image/Video Credits: Mission Ridge Ski and Board Resort

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