Dillon locals fight for a public vote on sprawling new lakefront development

A group of concerned Dillon locals has launched a petition to halt a sprawling new lakefront development, where hundreds of vacation condos will replace Arapahoe Café and Ptarmigan Inn.

Organizer Robin Robson says they want to vote on this development. A petition is the first step.

They feel like town council disregarded their concerns about size and workforce housing. Plans from the developer, Jake Porritt, call for condos, restaurants, and a parking garage, but no workforce housing.

In late March Dillon Town Council approved Porritt’s plan by split vote, 4-2, including a “yes” from councilman Tony Scalise, who left council barely a week later.

Porritt’s development group is also the new owner of Uptown 240, another downtown condo complex that stalled in 2020. Organizers of this petition say they want Porritt to prove he can finish Uptown 240 before moving on to the lakefront property.

Today is the first day of the petition. According to a town lawyer, signatures must be gathered in person.

Learn more about that petition by emailing DillonVotes (at) gmail.com.