Commissioner Jeffrey Rose, NH Department of Resources and Economic Development, will soon announce his draft response to a proposed master plan that includes resort expansion at Mount Sunapee State Park. The 2015-2019 master plan was released last summer by Okemo/Mount Sunapee Resort, the operator and sub-lessee of the state-owned ski area. The ski area leaseholder is CNL Lifestyle Properties LLC, a Florida-based a real estate investment trust.
The commissioner will release his draft reply on Thursday, April 16 (2015) at a meeting of the Mount Sunapee Advisory Committee. The meeting will be held at Veteran’s Hall, Newbury (across from the Town Offices) at 10 a.m. Although open to the public, the meeting will not allow public comment, according to the agenda.
The public will be able to comment on the commissioner’s draft response at a public hearing on Tuesday, May 5, 2015, at 6 p.m. at Mount Sunapee Resort, Sunapee Lodge, at the State Park in Newbury.
Commissioner Rose will also seek written public comment due by June 5, 2015 (at 4 p.m.).
- To view/download the MSAC agenda for the April 16 meeting, click here.
- To view/download draft minutes from last MSAC meeting October 14, 2014, when members commented on the proposed master plan, click here.
Background: The master plan includes a major cross-border expansion that will extend ski trails/ski infrastructure and resort development across State Park forestland onto hundreds of acres of land privately owned by the resort operator.
Okemo/MSR offered this controversial plan—expansion into Goshen—previously, in two prior master plans (2005 and 2009). At the time, then-governor John Lynch refused to bring the project forward stating that expansion onto private land for condo development was inconsistent with our state parks.
For more info, see:
- Okemo’s proposed plan for Mount Sunapee (MDP and EMP).
- FOMS pamphlet about the Resort’s 2014 expansion plan.
- FOMS letter (2/2015) expressing strong opposition to the Resort’s expansion plan
- Mount Sunapee Advisory Committee web page (via NH Parks and Recreation)