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Town of Vail Planning

The Planning Team is responsible for the town's physical and socioeconomic planning, including development of plans and policies, land use, zoning and environmental review.

During the development review process, the team ensures proposed development directs the future of the community toward appropriate physical and economic growth compatible with our natural environment. A strong community engagement component is included in all planning efforts to ensure that the community is informed and involved in all decision-making processes. 


Planning Services

  • Review current planning applications
  • Coordinate the development review process
  • Develop long-range master plans
  • Provide technical assistance and planning information to town departments, the Town Council, Planning and Environmental Commission and Design Review Board
  • Implement the Sign, Zoning and Subdivision Regulations and the Development Standards Handbook


Current Projects


Marriott Residence Inn

Mauriello Planning Group, representing The Harp Group, has submit an application requesting the establishment of a new Special Development District, to allow for a Marriott Residence Inn and employee housing development, located at 1783 North Frontage Road West. As currently proposed, the project consists of 170 limited service lodging units and 113 employee housing units. These units are served by 365 parking spaces.

The project is generally a five story building, with the employee housing units on the eastern end of the property and the limited service lodge units on the western portion of the property with a flag of the Marriott Residence Inn.

Proposed Marriott Residence Inn review schedule:

  • September 12, 2016 - Planning & Environmental Commission - Initial project overview
  • October 5, 2016 - Design Review Board - Conceptual review
  • October 10, 2016 - Planning & Environmental Commission - Work-session or potential recommendation
  • October 24, 2016 - Planning & Environmental Commission - Final hearing
  • November 15, 2016 - Town Council - Project overview and first reading of an ordinance
  • December 6, 2016 - Town Council - Final public hearing and second reading of an ordinance/final approval
  • December 20, 2016 - Town Council - Back-up final hearing

All plans & application materials can be viewed by contacting the Community Development Department at 970-479-2139.

  1. Project Narrative - August 31, 2016
  2. Project Plans



Vail Valley Medical Center Site Specific Redevelopment Master Plan

On November 24, 2014, the PEC will hold a public hearing to allow the applicant to: 

  1. share information on possible changes to the emergency helicopter flight path design and hear from the Town's helipad consultant,
  2. provide the Commission with an update on a possible land exchange
  3. address the need to separate the west wing expansion development application from the Master Plan review process.

This is a change from the previously anticipated schedule as outlined in the November 17th letter from the Director of Community Development. After the discussion of the topics above, the Town staff is recommending that the Commission tables the final recommendation hearing on the VVMC Master Plan until January 12, 2015.




Vail Village Character Preservation Initiative

On the eve of Vail's 50th anniversary the Town Council and the community have been reflecting on Vail's successes. November 20, 2012, the Town Council requested the Vail Village character preservation initiative identify aspects of the physical character (buildings, landmarks and spaces) of Vail Village. Recent growth in Vail Village, both in size and popularity, has introduced renewed pressures for development, which some feel threatens the unique qualities from which Vail Village's success is derived.

This reflection and desire to maintain Vail's unique character is not new. In August 1973 the Vail Plan was adopted and it identified the need "..to grow with wisdom...There is a tremendous sense of pride in many of the Vail residents, and awareness that what was once unique can only partially be recaptured but that there is the possibility of creating a recreationally-based community of individuality, beauty and pleasure that can be unique..."

On April 22, staff met with the Planning and Environmental Commission at their public hearing. The goal of the hearing was to identify the spaces and features that make Vail Village special. Spaces discussed included:  the Covered Bridge, Gorsuch Clock Tower, public plazas, pedestrian corridors, decks and patios that have special importance in the unique character of Vail Village.

PEC hearings will include review of the Vail Village Urban Design Guide Plan, specifically where they are applicable today and where it is appropriate to apply them in the future, as well as specific areas of concern or deficiency in the Vail Village Urban Design Guide Plan. The discussions will also include non-conforming buildings and potentially developing options for future redevelopment of these buildings, in ways that maintain or enhance the area’s character.

The Vail Town Council received a progress update at their March 19 meeting.

At the completion of the study-phase a compilation of features that define or contribute to the character of Vail Village will be generated. The Vail Village character preservation initiative will ensure future changes are consistent with the established character and make positive contributions to the quality of the experience.

Documents Available For Download




Map Downloads

Address Map Book

Address Map Book of the Town of Vail, developed for the Vail Fire Department by the Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Team. Use of this map should be for general purposes only. This address map book includes building labels, labeled bus stops and fire hydrant locations. Where shown, parcel line work is approximate. The Town of Vail does not warrant the accuracy of the information depicted. Please communicate any errors or omissions directly to the Town of Vail GIS Team.

Commercial Core Area and Fee-in-Lieu Parking Map

Commercial Core Areas and Fee In Lieu Parking Map.

Construction Overview Map

Map of construction activity in Vail. Updated April 2010. Please note that a higher resolution map can be acquired by contacting the GIS Department.

Employee Housing Unit Map / EHU Map

Employee Housing Unit (EHU) Map - coded by general requirement category. As of May 1, 2015, there are 701 deed restricted employee housing units within the Town of Vail. This includes a mix of rental and for-sale units, some of which additionally contain a price appreciation cap. These units are dispersed from East Vail to West Vail. For exact requirements, please see the deed restriction recorded for a specific property. Please contact the Town of Vail Community Development Department with questions regarding EHU deed restrictions.

Geologically Sensitive Area - GSA: Avalanche Hazard Map

The Avalanche Hazard map was created based on an Evaluation of the Snow Avalanche Hazard in the Valley of Gore Creek report performed by the Institute of Artic and Alpine Research 1977. A copy of the Evaluation of the Snow Avalanche Hazard in the Valley of Gore Creek , Eagle County, Colorado, report can be obtained by contacting the Town of Vail Community Development Department.

Geologically Sensitive Area - GSA: Debris Flow Hazard Map

The Debris Flow Hazard map was created based on a Debris Flow and Debris Avalanche Hazard Analysis performed by Arthur Mears, P.E. Inc. in 1984. (An additional study was performed for the Highland Meadows neighborhoods of Vail however this information cannot be accessed on-line). A copy of the Debris Flow and Debris Avalanche Hazard Analysis can be obtained by contacting the Town of Vail Community Development Department.

Geologically Sensitive Area - GSA: Rock Fall Hazard Map

The Rock Fall Hazard map was created based on a Rockfall Study performed by Schmueser & Associates in 1984. (An additional study was performed for the Highland Meadows neighborhoods of Vail however this information cannot be accessed on-line). A copy of the Rockfall Study can be obtained by contacting the Town of Vail Community Development Department.

I-70 Milemarkers - Eagle County

Map showing milemarkers along I-70 through Eagle County.

I-70 Milemarkers - Vail

Map showing milemarkers along I-70 through Vail.

Land Use Map

Land Use map.

Open Space Map

Open Space map.

Stream Setback Map

Stream Setback map.

Zoning Map

Zoning map.

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Contact Info

Chris Neubecker
Planning Manager

Jonathan Spence

Brian Garner

Matt Panfil