The Vail Town Council will continue its detailed review of the update to the Comprehensive Open Lands Plan during its regular meeting on Tuesday, July 17. The focus of Tuesday’s discussion will be the topic of town-owned lands and use of lands to meet community needs, which is described in chapter 3.
During Tuesday’s meeting, the Town Council will examine eight parcels that have been identified in the plan for potential acquisition for public purposes. These parcels are among 28 action items recommended in the plan. Town Council’s review will include a one-hour site visit to selected parcels at the start of Tuesday’s meeting which begins at 12:30 p.m. in the Vail Municipal Building. Members of the public wishing to join the Town Council on the site tour are asked to call the Town Clerk’s Office at 970-479-2460 by 5 p.m. Monday, July 16, to assist in identifying transportation needs.
Following the site tour, the use of town-owned lands and use of land chapter of the draft Open Lands Plan update is scheduled for discussion by the Town Council during Tuesday’s evening session which begins at 6 p.m. The presentation item is listed as 4.1 on the agenda with opportunities for public comment.
The use of town lands was a component of the 1994 Comprehensive Open Lands Plan and included acquisition and/or development actions that resulted in construction of rental and for-sale housing developments at Chamonix Vail, Middle Creek Village and Vail Commons. Additional community needs identified in the plan’s update include a fire training center, snow storage, solar farm, public parking, more deed-restricted resident housing and facilities that would contribute to a year-round economy.
Among the parcels to be discussed Tuesday is the former Roost Lodge site which has been approved for a 170-room hotel, 96 employee housing units and 6 non-deed restricted dwelling units. The plan recommends acquisition of the 1.9 acre parcel if the development does not proceed, noting the site would be viable for housing or other community needs.
Other recommendations include acquisition of three contiguous parcels in West Vail along Chamonix Lane for community use, plus acquisition of the Hotel Talisa tennis courts for expansion of Donovan Park should the ownership group express interest in disposing of the parcel. Other lands have been identified to address roadway easements as well as a parcel owned by the Colorado Department of Transportation that has been identified as an environmentally-sensitive parcel but which also has a small portion of the site that is feasible for development of deed-restricted resident housing. For a list of all recommended parcels, view the staff memo or download the draft plan at vailgov.com/openlandsupdate.
The Town Council review has previously included a site visit and discussion related to recommendations on land for environmental protection. A third focus area, trails, will be discussed at a future meeting, tentatively scheduled for Aug. 7.
The update of the 1994 Comprehensive Open Lands Plan was initiated by the Town Council in April 2016 to determine which parts of the original plan have been completed, which parts are still relevant and to identify new needs based on current issues such as protection of Gore Creek water quality, recreational opportunities, including trails, as well as the potential for acquisition of sites for housing and other public uses.
The community is encouraged to participate in Town Council’s ongoing review of the recommended update. The review follows a recommendation of approval, with modifications, forwarded by the Planning and Environmental Commission on April 23.
Plan comments are being collected online at kbertuglia.