Residents interested in development of the Heritage Mountain Resort have been invited to an open house that concludes at 8 p.m. today in the Excelsior Hotel.

Heritage Mountain officials are hosting the open house to discuss the project and receive public comment.The open house is part of the cycle to begin the Environmental Impact Statement from the U.S. Forest Service. Once the statement is completed and approved, the Forest Service can issue the permits needed to build the resort on public land.

The Heritage Mountain project has gone through repeated cycles of losing its financial backers, losing its Forest Service permits and then being revived by new developers, who start the cycle over again.

Victor Borcherds, a Utah County businessman transplanted from South Africa, is the latest developer to go through the procedure. City officials say Borcherds' plan will work because it is a scaled-down version of previous developers' plans and is economically feasible.

Developers have worked for almost 20 years to build the four-season multimillion-dollar resort.

As proposed, the resort would include an aquatic park, a ski resort with five chairlifts and a funicular transportation system capable of moving 4,000 people per hour to an altitude of 7,700 feet.

Construction of a road and water park are already under way. The environmental impact statement analysis is expected to be complete in February.

The draft statement will be available for public review by Mar. 17. All written comments and suggestions concerning the analysis should be sent to Gary M. Coleman, planning consultant for Heritage Mountain, at P.O. Box 106, Midway, Utah 84049, or Heritage Mountain Inc., Provo 84601. Coleman can also be reached by calling 654-3024 or 375-5155.