A draft update of the 1994 Town of Vail Comprehensive Open Lands Plan will be reviewed by the Vail Town Council at its regular meeting on Tuesday, June 5. The presentation item is listed as 4.1 on the meeting agenda which begins at 6 p.m. in the Vail Municipal Building with opportunities for public comment. This will be the Town Council’s first review of the draft. The draft plan is available for download at vailgov.com/openlandsupdate.
The document has been revised and expanded throughout the review process to include wildlife and habitat considerations that were identified during a community wildlife forum hosted by the town in January. Other modifications include additional discussion of conservation easements and Designated Open Space as well as a revised trails ideas plan. In addition, there are recommendations to acquire additional parcels for varying public purposes such as environmental protection, habitat management and protection, affordable housing as well as recommendations on the management of the town’s open lands.
The community is encouraged to participate in Town Council’s review of the draft plan. It is anticipated that the Town Council’s formal review of the plan will include three public hearings taking place in June and July for final deliberation and adoption. These meetings will include a review of recommendations by the Planning and Environmental Commission which voted 5-0 on April 23 to recommend approval with modifications.
Plan comments are being collected online at kbertuglia