Summit seeks cooperation with Royal Gorge |

Summit seeks cooperation with Royal Gorge

Members of a Donner Summit residents group and representatives from Royal Gorge met over the weekend to discuss future plans at the resort.

The Donner Summit Area Association held its monthly meeting Saturday to discuss development and organize committees to be actively involved in the community.

On Saturday, Kirk Syme, co-owner of Royal Gorge, was accompanied by Mike Livak, the new project director for the Foster/Syme group at the meeting. New development plans have been discussed since Foster and Syme purchased the ski resort property.

Dan Wexler, DSAA president, said the communication between Royal Gorge developers and the association has been positive.

“When new developers come in you never know what to expect…,” Wexler said. “They’re definitely trying to involve the community.”

Syme told the association that the group would have an initial plan in the next couple of months. The “bubble plan” illustrating the conceptual ideas for construction would then be presented to the DSAA, according to Wexler. He said the Royal Gorge owners would be open to feedback regarding possible project plans.

Wexler said the association “does not want to be a confrontational organization,” but does want to address the issues that are important to area residents. According to the Summit association’s Web site, residents are concerned about added traffic, public access to private lands, wetlands/ridgeline preservation, affordable housing, and commercial and community infrastructure.

“We have communicated those desires of the community to them,” Wexler said.

Livak, project director, was unavailable for comment at press time.

Wexler said the association decided to form four public committees led by board members to “raise the level of involvement” within the summit community. He said one committee will focus on development, with plans to conduct a survey of land usage.

Three new members were added to the board and the current board was re-elected, with the board terms increased to two years. Wexler said this change was made “to keep the flow of continuity” within the association.

The association was successful in joining the Donner Summit Fire Department with the Truckee Fire Protection District. Wexler said the association was happy about the change because it means improved service for residents.

“It was a good example of how we helped link the community,” he said.

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