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The San Juan County (Colo.) Planning Commission recommended approval of a 190-unit RV Park near Purgatory Resort, with a condition the developer work with the Durango Nordic Center to help preserve terrain, the Durango Herald reported.

According to San Juan County administrator Willy Tookey, the Planning Commission voted unanimously to send a recommendation of approval to San Juan County commissioners, who will make a final decision April 13.

The Hearthside Luxury Motorcoach Resort calls for a 190-site, high-end RV community on 54 acres along U.S. Highway 550, across from Cascade Village. If it gets final approval, the project would be complete in about a year. Michigan-based Hearthside Grove recently purchased the property from longtime owner Durango Mountain Holdings.

Since details were announced last fall, the project has drawn criticism that it would wipe out nearly one-third of the Durango Nordic Center’s trail system, as well as impact the lush view of pine and aspen forest.

Craig Rose, a representative for Hearthside Grove, said the company is pleased with the outcome of Tuesday’s vote.

“We appreciate the opportunity to speak with the Nordic Center in the coming weeks,” he said.

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