2,200-Acre Idaho Resort Gets Green Light

Developer Black Bear Resort has cleared the last hurdle for the development of its 2,200-acre mountain resort community in Bear Lake, Idaho, now that the Bear Lake County Commission has given the project its approval. The commission signed off on the conceptual mater plan, as well as the preliminary plat for the first phase of the massive endeavor. Sited along the 20-mile long and 8-mile wide Bear Lake–one of the largest freshwater lakes in the western United States–Black Bear is located two hours north of Salt Lake City and two hours south of Jackson Hole, Wyoming. The development will be an all-season resort that will ultimately feature single-family and townhome residences, condo-hotels, retail options, common use facilities and other resort amenities including spas and golf courses. Among the offerings to be produced in Phase I are 50 to 80 condominiums in the property’s Village Home segment, a 20,000-square-foot members lodge and a golf course. The County Commission’s approval comes about two weeks after the Bear Lake County Planning & Zoning Commission approved the project, which has a great deal of local support. “Bear Lake County is one of the poorest counties in all of Idaho, Bill Poce of development company Black Bear Resort, told CPN today. “This project will create a huge tax base in the valley and a resurgence of Bear Lake.”