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County Planners Want More Info. on Exclusive Resort

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BEAVER, Utah (AP) -- Beaver County planning commissioners aren't ready to give a green light to an exclusive resort at the former Elk Meadows ski area.

Commissioners want proof that developers have enough water before they sign off on 45 housing units planned for 572 acres.

Plans for the Mount Holly Club also need to be reviewed.

A group of Utah businessmen want to start construction as early as this summer on expensive mountain homes. The development will be guided by a 103-page contract that was approved this week by the Beaver County Commission.

Investors snapped up private land around nearby Puffer Lake to add to the ski area, which sits inside a national forest in the shadow of 12,000-foot Mount Holly, 18 miles east of Beaver in the Tushar mountain range.

They plan to expand the tiny ski area into a larger club with a Jack Nicklaus-commissioned golf course and other development totaling $3.5 billion -- seven times the total property value of rural Beaver County.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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