JACKSON, Wyo. \u2014 Snow King now knows what it can and can\u2019t do as town officials finally signed off on the resort\u2019s master plan for expansion at the town council\u2019s regular meeting earlier this week.\r\n\r\nThe drawn-out process grew heated at times. More than one elected official apologized Monday to the applicants for negotiations that occasionally got emotional.\r\n\r\n\u201cI want to thank the applicant,\u201d Mayor Pete Muldoon said. \u201cYou\u2019ve spent a lot of time in here. We\u2019ve spent a lot of time in here with you. It hasn\u2019t always been pleasant. But sometimes that\u2019s how it goes when you spend six hours in a meeting with people together.\u201d\r\n\r\nJim Stanford, the council\u2019s longest-serving member, has been most outspoken in holding the applicant\u2019s feet to the fire during the planning process. Stanford\u2019s hindsight stretches back to a time when the resort was kept afloat by a well-liked local legend in the late Manuel Lopez, along with community investors.\r\n\r\nNow, years later, the playing field has changed. New ownership at the resort has $13M plans for upgrades on the town hill even while private development in and around the base has been booming.\r\n\r\nStanford has questioned everything.\r\n\r\n\u201cWho is SKRMA?\u201d Stanford demanded to know at Monday\u2019s meeting. The group (Snow King Resort Master Association), which essentially acts as the governing body for Snow King\u2019s varied property owners and interests, has remained unnamed to date. Stanford said if he was to negotiate terms with a legal entity like SKRMA, he deserved to know who he was dealing with.\r\n\r\nThe senior councilman has also drilled the King\u2019s men on parking and sidewalk issues, the future of KM 6\u2014 a potentially lucrative parcel at the base of the hill currently serving as overflow parking and staging for construction \u2014 and encroachments onto Phil Baux Park where a proposed gondola is to land.\r\n\r\nStanford relented some at the close of discussions but would not give Snow King his vote, saying this plan was at least better than the outdated 2000 master plan, but the community was still being shortchanged. He pointed specifically to the ice rink, which was a public-private partnership that has now become completely public. The 4-1 decision to approve Snow King\u2019s master plan showed Stanford in opposition.\r\n\r\nMayor Muldoon admitted he didn\u2019t get everything he wanted, nor did the community, but such was the nature of the give-and-take surrounding negotiations. The mayor said he was willing to trade development for housing. He also reluctantly agreed to one of the resort\u2019s more contentious add-ons: a zipline.\r\n\r\n\u201cI think the community has not been excited about a zipline\u2026 anywhere. They\u2019ve said very clearly they didn\u2019t want it in Phil Baux Park,\u201d Muldoon said. \u201cBut I think they\u2019ve also said, generally speaking, they are okay with the zipline if the gondola is built and operated.\u201d\r\n\r\nThe town moved 4-1 to work with Snow King to amend the Resort District Master Plan, to come back for final consideration February 3.\r\n\r\nSnow King still needs Forest Service approval to move forward. That is expected to come later this year.