Mar 17, 2016 11:37 AM

Agency approves Mount Sunapee expansion, heads to council

The Associated Press

NEWBURY (AP) — A key state agency has recommended approval of a plan to expand the Mount Sunapee ski resort and establish an agreement to ensure protection of year-round hiking on the summit trail.

Jeffrey Rose, commissioner of the state Department of Resources and Economic Development, says the revised plan represents a balanced and responsible project that brings recreation, conservation and economic promotion together.

Mount Sunapee Resort has been trying to expand for nearly two decades.

The plan has 150 acres granted to the state to become part of Mount Sunapee State Park. Another 260 acres would be donated as conservation land.

Some residents have worried the resort will build condos nearby.

Parts of the plan would need approval by Gov. Maggie Hassan and the Executive Council.

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