12/12/2005: "County Questions Rosario EIS Responses"
Commissioner Lichter joined staff from CD&PD (Community Development and Planning Department) to meet with representatives from Rosario Resort on Thursday, (December 8), to discuss how the Resort's EIS (Environmental Impact Statement) might address issues that had been raised by county staff. The EIS is required as part of the planning process for the new resort master plan.
The county staff will receive the amended EIS later this month for additional review, and then the two groups will meet again to outline the next steps.
The Guardian had asked to attend the meeting as a reporting observer, but were informed the meeting was closed to the public.
According to a press release from the CD&PD, Mike Usen, project manager representing Olympus Real Estate Partners -who own the resort- is quoted as saying: "We had a productive meeting with the new director Ron Henrickson (of the CD&PD) and his staff, and we agreed to some immediate actions to further develop the EIS," and "We are going to revise the draft EIS further to address county issues now that we have necessary clarification on these items."
For his part, Henrickson, who has just assumed the directorship of the CD&PD, released a statement that "We have a shared goal of redeveloping the historic resort as well as to have a sound environmental review of the plan. "We are moving ahead as carefully and quickly as prudent. We certainly appreciate the contribution the resort makes to our island quality of life."
Pending the results of the review of the changes to the EIS, a time certain may be set for Planning Commission review of the resort master plan; and this review will be open to the public.