new road from Paradise to Powder Mountain, officials say
By Tyler Larson
December 10, 2007 | PARADISE -- With growing controversy
surrounding the new development proposal for Powder
Mountain, many Paradise residents are concerned as to
what impact it may have on their community.
Bev Schiefer, Paradise's town recorder, says residents
are concerned the road leading to Powder Mountain from
Paradise, a nine-mile stretch of dirt road which is
currently closed for the winter, would be paved and
enlarged, causing large amounts of traffic through the
"It's a very emotional issue for this town," Schiefer
said. "The people here like the small town feeling."
Powder Mountain's latest proposal, however, does not
include a new road.
"There are no plans to build a road through Cache
County to Powder Mountain, absolutely not," Lisa James,
a consultant with The Exoro Group, a public relations
firm working for Powder Mountain, said after Thursday's
Cache County Planning and Zoning meeting.
But, says Shiefer, "Just because Powder Mountain said
they don't plan on building a road, doesn't mean the
county won't decide they want to get up there."
However, County Planning and Zoning Administrator
Josh Ruhaar said, neither Powder Mountain nor Cache
County is planning on expanding the stretch of road
between the resort and Paradise.
"The cost of a road built between Paradise and Powder
Mountain would be astronomical," Runhaar said.
The concern that a road would be built stems from
Powder Mountain's first proposal in 2002, which did
include a road connecting the resort with Paradise,
but the new proposal has no mention of it, he said.
Lynn Lemon, Cache County Executive, confirmed Runhaar's
statement and said there are no current plans. "One
cost estimate was, I think, $80,000,000," Lemon said.
"However, I don't know if that's accurate."
Lemon said the county has had requests that a road
be built connecting Cache County to Powder Mountain
from some Cache residents and Weber County, but with
the county's $1,000,000 a year budget for roads, it's
Other concerns like water shedding and light coming
off the mountain have also been mentioned, Schiefer
In November, Lyle Hillyard of Hillyard, Anderson &
Olsen, the law firm representing Powder Mountain, attended
a town council meeting in Paradise to discuss the plans
for Powder Mountain and answer some of the council's
questions. When lighting and eyesores were mentioned,
Hillyard said the lights would be carefully directed
to reduce light pollution as much as possible and eyesores
won't be an issue because the mountain is not visible
Paradise Mayor Lee Atwood recommended a public meeting
be held for the residents of Paradise so any questions
could be answered. Hillyard said he agreed and recommended
it be held at Mountain Crest High school.
"The meeting with Powder Mountain is set to be in
January," Schiefer said.
Lemon said many misunderstandings regarding Powder
Mountain's financial standing were cleared up at the
County Council meeting Nov. 30. At that time, questions
of whether Powder Mountain's owner had the financial
ability to back up their plans were answered with Powder
Mountain investors showing they have the necessary capital
to go forward with their plans.
As long as Powder Mountain works things out with Weber
County, it may be possible for them begin the development
in as soon as six months, Lemon said.
-- As many as 800 new houses, town homes and condos
on the Cache County side of the resort, and around 2200
on the Weber County side across the resorts 4,400 acres.
-- Raise the number of ski lifts to 18.
-- Add a 60,000 square foot recreation center.
-- A 300,000 square foot village containing retail
stores and restaurants, half in each county.
-- Two 18-hole golf courses in Weber County.
-- Six corporate retreats in Cache County and another
five retreats in Weber County.
--- Four hotels with 385 rooms in Weber County, and
as many as 115 in Cache County.