West Yellowstone developer Lewis Robinson has asked Gallatin County planners to review his plans for a $32 million shopping and entertainment complex because he says West Yellowstone officials are moving too slowly on the project.
But the head of the West Yellowstone Planning Board said Wednesday he wishes Robinson hadn't asked for a county review because the city could have met Robinson's timetable. It affects the city more, so the city is the proper place to review it, said board chairman Rob Klatt.Robinson's Firehole Land Corp. plans to build a shopping-entertainment complex and grizzly bear sanctuary called Grizzly Park on 87 acres of land just outside the city limits, on the border of Yellowstone National Park. Robinson wants to house problem grizzlies from the Yellowstone ecosystem in the sanctuary, but has not yet received approval from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
Robinson said Wednesday he wants preliminary approval of his subdivision plans by June so builders can start construction on sewer and water pipes. That would allow time to get state Department of Health inspection of the pipes by fall.
Robinson also wants preliminary approval of his plans by June so he can start making conditional land sales to firms that want to build in the complex. Some companies want to open for business by January 1992, he said.
Robinson said he hopes to pave the roads in August, the only month when West Yellowstone weather is warm enough to allow the asphalt to set properly.
Robinson also said he wants to start construction on his grizzly bear sanctuary in June, and would like to be able to house the first grizzly by September.
Robinson said he thinks county planners will move faster than West Yellowstone's planners because "Gallatin County has a full-time professional staff." All papers prepared for the county planners will be shared with West Yellowstone city officials, he said.
Robinson first filed his subdivision plans with the West Yellowstone Planning Board on Sept. 27, and he hoped to have had preliminary plat approval by the end of November, he said.
But city officials notified him that they won't start reviewing his subdivision plans until February and won't act on the request for approval until April, Robinson said.
However, Klatt said the law says the town has to approve a master plan amendment to include the project before city officials can start to review Robinson's plans.
The hearing on the revised master plan, which will include Robinson's project, will be Jan. 3.