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August 2014: Your Voice Needed!

Important Public Hearing

6pm Tuesday, August 26th

At Mount Sunapee State Park

UPDATE Tuesday 8/19:

Okemo Claims “There were no plans to build any condos” in 2004, despite mountains of evidence to the contrary.

See the front page of today’s Intertown Record, which includes this quote from Jay Gamble, General Manager:

In 2004 the state required all and any potential development plans to be listed, the plan itself specified there were no plans to build any condos.

At this point it is exactly the same as it was then, there are no detailed plans for this area, there is no landscape architecture and no specific planning for any potential development other than the mention in the 2004 plan that there is potential.

From that statement it has [been] mischaracterized into a huge condo plan. That is simply incorrect.

We have always followed the process set forth by DRED to provide and to review a master plan with state officials and the public.

Yet in April 2014, Okemo’s attorney told the Merrimack Superior Court that his client had lost “the real estate in between” and millions of dollars in value. Read his full quote or listen to the audio.

What’s the Real Plan?

In 2004, DRED required Okemo to present a MDP with “all proposed development activity associated with their management of the ski area, and any adjacent land Okemo intends to develop.” (see quote in context)

Okemo’s 2004 plan detailed their intentions for “175-250 units” of real estate connected to the state park via ski lifts and trails.

In 2014, Okemo’s proposed MDP is absent of any mention of their true development intentions.

See the 2004 plan, maps, and other documents, and compare them.

2004 Plan Details

Every five years, the operators of the ski area within Mount Sunapee State Park are required to present their plan for developing the ski area. The last such plan was presented in the summer of 2009.

On August 26th, the next Five Year Master Development Plan (MDP) will be presented to the public.

We need you to attend and voice your concerns about Okemo’s ongoing proposal for a sprawling resort development on the side of Mount Sunapee!

WHO: The Department of Resources and Economic Development (DRED) and the Upper Valley Lake Sunapee Regional Planning Commission (UVLSRPC) will hold a public hearing to solicit comments on the proposed MDP and EMP.

WHEN:  Tuesday, August 26 at 6:00 p.m

WHERE: Base Lodge at Mount Sunapee State Park, Newbury NH

Okemo’s 2014 Proposed Master Development Plan

Read the Proposed Five Year MDP in three parts:

I. Master Development Plan (16mb PDF)

II. Environmental Management Plan (11mb PDF)

III. Appendices Document I and Document II (11mb and 20mb PDFs)

More information to come- stay tuned.

(Last updated Tuesday, August 19th)

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