DRED seeks public comment on Mt. Sunapee plan

Mount Sunapee Alert: On May 5, DRED will hold a Public Hearing on its amended plan that will allow private resort expansion at Mount Sunapee. Hearing time and location: May 5, 2015, (at 6 p.m.) at Mount Sunapee State Park (Mount Sunapee Resort, Sunapee Lodge), Rte.103, Newbury.

“A lot has changed since MDP/EMP [master plan] was first released last summer, and this is not a final document,” Commissioner Rose (DRED) said in a release made public at the Mount Sunapee Advisory Committee on April 16. A public comment period is now open to allow for “comments, ideas, and suggestions to the proposal and conditions.”

DRED is recommending a plan with conditions that will allow the private resort (Okemo/Mount Sunapee Resort) to expand across the state park boundary onto the operator’s private land into Goshen. The resort will be allowed to develop and retain ownership until 2028 of 150 acres of expanded ski terrain and associated resort development. The operator will then transfer the land to the state, for inclusion to the state park, by the end of the first lease term, which DRED wants to extend by ten years to 2028.

The plan does not describe the scale and scope of the project beyond a five-year window, nor the build out anticipated for the operator’s other land on the mountain, 250 acres that will encompass the new ski terrain on three sides.

Commissioner Jeffrey Rose, Department of Resources of Economic Development, has called for a public hearing on the agency’s draft decision and amended Master Development Plan and Environmental Management Plan (2015-2019) for Mount Sunapee Resort.

The Public Hearing will be held on May 5, at 6 p.m. at Mount Sunapee State Park, Newbury. Written comment is due by June 5, 2015, at 4 p.m.

Mail to: Commissioner Jeffrey J. Rose
RE: Mt. Sunapee draft response
Dept Resources and Economic Development
172 Pembroke Road
PO Box 1856, Concord NH 03301

Email to: MountSunapeeComments@dred.nh.gov

Links to the DRED’s draft decision, MDP/EMP, and reference materials are available via the Mount Sunapee Advisory Committee web page.

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