The Bitterroot Resort will officially begin its subdivision review process with Missoula County next week, but lots have already been sold in two previously approved subdivisions that are part of Tom Maclay’s overall plan for the resort development.
The Bitterroot Resort is being proposed on the Maclay Ranch at the base of Carlton Ridge and Lolo Peak just north of Florence. Ten lots between the two subdivisions have been sold and six homes built. One of these homes is Malcay’s house, which he opened up to the public last week as part of the Bitterroot Builders’ Association’s tour of homes.
The subdivisions are conceptually part of the Bitterroot Resort plan, though officially they’re separate developments, Maclay said Wednesday.
“The subdivisions that we did on the north and south edges of the ranch are ones that integrate into the big picture,” he said. “We have several lots that we developed and then taken care, in such a way, that everything fits together.”
A handful of lots remain to be sold in the subdivisions, he said. Those lots are two to four acres in size with a half-acre of buildable space, Maclay said. The lots also have about 14 acres of common open space and start at about $500,000, he said.
The six homes already built are in addition to the four homes or cabins already part of the Maclay ranch, he said.
The two subdivisions were designed and approved about five years ago with the hope of developing a resort sometime in the future, Maclay said.
“Through these years 10 lots have been sold that fit very well into the long-term plan (for the Bitterroot Resort) and now we’ve finalized the interior portions of that plan,” he said. “The subdivisions that we did on the north and south edges of the ranch are ones that integrate into the big picture.”
Next week, the Bitterroot Resort will have a pre-application meeting with the Missoula County Office of Planning and Grants, said planner Tim Worley, who will be meeting with Maclay and the Bitterroot Resort team.
The pre-application meeting is the first official step in the subdivision application process, Worley said. The length of time it takes for a development to go through the entire process varies widely.
“But with something this big you’d expect it to take months,” Worley said.
Maclay said last week he anticipates 2,400 dwelling units total at the resort and about 10 percent of those would be single-family homes. The majority of the remaining dwelling units would be condominium and townhouse style.