We requested at first a DRR2 rezoning, close to what Powder Mountain and Snowbasin received. But after several meetings with the Weber County, we accepted to enter into a new village zoning approval process that has been adopted this year by the county for Eden. The village ordinance sets rules and regulations for the development of a Mountain Village that appear coherent with what the Nordic Village could become. The size of the roads, the type of building, their elevations, their architecture, and many other aspects are planned in this zoning.
We are not asking for any additional density. We are proposing a transfer of the density we already have from our actual zoning down into the village center, so the mountain stays open for recreation and wildlife. In that sense, we follow the guidelines and recommendations of the Ogden Valley General plan adopted in 2016.
The 2016 Ogden Valley General Plan includes the following:
- Vision: The Ogden Valley community desires a variety of housing types to meet the needs of a diverse population of various income levels, ages, and stages of life. Neighborhoods should have convenient access to community amenities and be designed in a manner that protects the valley’s character. Residential development should be centered around villages and town centers and designed to provide open spaces and efficient uses of the land.
- Gateways and Viewsheds Principle 2.2: Encourage creative development designs that preserve natural, agricultural, and other open spaces, including clustered and mixed-use developments.
- Land Use Principle 1.1: In general, additional density should not be authorized in the Ogden Valley planning area above that allowed by current zoning. Minimal density bonuses should only be allowed when they are granted to incentivize significant contributions to the advancement of the goals and principles found in this plan.
- Trails and recreation amenities are a huge part of the current landscape in Ogden Valley. Grove Trail. This trail is meant to form a connection between Nordic Valley and the Pineview West Trail. Its exact route will need to be determined according to local terrain and property ownership. Pole Canyon Trail. This trail would connect Nordic Valley to the Skyline Trail by means of the existing path in the Pole Canyon area or a similar route. It should be designed in coordination with the development plans of the Nordic Valley resort.
Nordic Valley Pathway. This pathway would connect Nordic Valley to the pathway network in the valley, providing a safe access route as an alternative to the highways. Western North Fork Pathway. This pathway would serve the western side of northern Ogden Valley and connect Nordic Valley to North Fork Park. An important component would be a spur to the Pioneer Trail over North Ogden Divide, with a trailhead at the east end of the Pioneer Trail. (page 43-44)
- The 2005 Weber County General Plan Recreation Element suggests that the County should encourage the development of limited capacity sewage treatment systems in conjunction with development in identified “village” and resort areas. From the 2005 Recreation Element: “Weber County would encourage the development of limited capacity sewer systems to serve the projected demand for each proposed village area. The investment reduces start-up capital costs required by developers.
- Commercial Development Implementation 1.1.1: Prepare small area plans for each area designated as a village on Map 8 of the General Plan to describe their form and function (possible examples: highway oriented, mixed-use, resort, small neighborhood commercial, etc.).
We believe the proposed Nordic Village master plan is answering these points.
The different plots included in the rezoning process own numerous water shares. If in the future, additional water shares are needed, we will purchase more of them. As for physical water, several springs run on the 500 acres property. We will have to create a district to provide culinary water for the project. This district will only include the properties that are part of this rezoning. We intend to recycle a large part of the culinary water and use it locally in the gardens, green areas and snowmaking system, so that it goes back to the water table on site.
Several options are open currently. We would prefer to connect to a regional treatment system if this option is open in the next few years. If not, we would develop our own system using Bio disks technology and recycling water to minimize the impact on the environment. We have used similar systems in other developments, and despite the fact it is not common, or has never been used in the County of Weber, it is a 25-year-old technology, very efficient, with low consumption of energy and adjustable to the variation of effluent volumes (low and high season). An example of this technology is presented here: https://www.planet.veolia.com/en/wastewater-treatment-ecodisk-treatment-plant
There will be no obligation to connect for the neighbors. The system will be serving the Nordic Village area as defined by the County ordinance. If a neighbor desires to connect, he may contact the future District that will offer a possibility to connect under certain conditions.
Yes, all buildings and public facilities will comply with the Dark sky ordinance. As for the night skiing that has been an historical marker of Nordic Valley, under the safety guidelines of the insurance companies and under operation control, some adjustments will be made to comply with the Dark
The majority of the parking required for the proposed Mixed use and Residential uses is being provided under the structures. On street parking is being provided for commercial uses in front of the Nordic Street commercial buildings as well as behind the buildings on the east side of the Nordic Street. All day skier parking is proposed off of Nordic Valley Road. The amount of day skier parking to be provided will be coordinated with the resort as needed. Day skiers will have access to a drop off on the west side of Nordic Valley Way and Nordic Valley Road intersection, then will be routed to park in the day skier lot. From here they can walk or be shuttled to the Nordic Street commercial pedestrian crossing and west into the ski beach plaza.
A traffic study has been done by Fehr and Peers out of Salt Lake City and is available here:
The following is a summary of the study from this report.
“The proposed Nordic Valley development will bring new opportunities to the area surrounding the existing Nordic Valley Resort. The development occurs in an area with an already substantial expected growth rate. The proposed development will have moderate traffic impacts to the surrounding roadways. In 2040, without the development, the background trips may need the addition of several turning lanes to maintain acceptable performance. Fehr & Peers recommends the following mitigations for 2040:
• SR-158 and SR-39: Add a two-stage left-turn by adding an acceleration lane for SBL vehicles.
• SR-158 and SR-162: Add an additional left-turn lane and right-turn lane for the eastbound approach and a separate right-turn lane for the westbound approach.
The project trips are not expected to cause any surrounding intersections to operate at a deficient level in 2026. However, additional mitigations may be necessary to accommodate the additional project trips in 2040. Fehr & Peers recommends placing a signal at SR-158 / SR-162 if/when warranted.”
Building design at Nordic Valley will blend mountain design elements that are proven over time to be appropriate for the mountain setting, local climate and materials that blend into the existing setting. All architecture within the project will strive to preserve the pristine views and natural beauty while creating an identifiable and cohesive US Alpine modern mountain design aesthetic.
Structures will range from 2 to 5 stories with the tallest buildings proposed at the ski beach adjacent to the rising mountainous terrain and the shortest proposed at the eastern edge where the terrain flattens. Energy neutral and environmental friendly building technics will be used for the entire project.
Proposed uses may include a mix of hotel rooms, stacked condominium units of varying sizes, 2 and three story townhomes, and detached 2 and 3 story single family mountain chalets.
All amenities are open to the public. This will not be a private resort. Under security guidelines, public rules and regulations, all amenities will be available to the public.
Depending on infrastructures, the timeline will vary between 15 to 20 years total. The first phase of the project is planned over the first 5 years following the construction of infrastructures.
How is this project tied to the ski area plans? And what is the difference between MCP and Skyline Mountain Base LLC?
MCP operates and manages the ski resort, including the lifts, the ski school, the different amenities etc… Skyline Mountain Base LLC owns the Land on which the Village will be developed. The development of the village will probably match the development of the resort over a long-term period. But for the next 5 years, we anticipate working on the Village only since the resort has grown already.