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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


Current Projects


Vail Resorts Rezoning in East Vail for New Employee Housing and Open Space 

Vail Resorts proposes to change the zoning on a 23.3 acres parcel of land it owns in East Vail to allow for a future employee housing development. The property is located on the north side of I-70 at the East Vail interchange (Exit 180) and is proposed to be rezoned from its current zoning of Two-Family Residential (R) district to new zoning of Housing (H) district (5.4 acres on the western portion of the site) and Natural Area Preservation (NAP) district (17.9 acres on the eastern portion of the site.)

Visit the project webpage for details: Project Page

For more information, please contact Chris Neubecker at (970) 479-2148 or  


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 96 employee housing units. These units are served by 334 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.

Marriott Residence Inn Special Development District was approved by the Vail Town Council at its February 21, 2017 regular meeting.

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 - January 31, 2017


Vail Mountain View Residences Special Development District

Gore Creek Group LLC is requesting an application for the establishment of a new Special Development District (SDD) for Vail Mountain View Residences to facilitate the construction of a new mixed-use building located at 430 South Frontage Road. The new building is referred to as Phase 2 of Vail Mountain View Residences, which is proposed to be constructed above the existing parking structure. Phase 1, the existing 23 residential condominiums, is proposed to be included in the SDD, bu the building will not be modified with this application. The proposed Phase 2 consists of deed0restricted employee housing, lodging accommodations, and residential condominiums.

Phase 1 (completed in 2008) under the High Density Multiple Family (HDMF) zone district and included the following:

  • 23 for-sale condominiums with 42,593 sq. ft. of GRFA
  • 112 parking space parking structure, intended for lease to the public
  • Conditional use permit to allow for the leasing of excess parking spaces which were constructed in anticipation of Phase 2

The proposed Phase 2 includes the following:

  • 12 for-sale dwelling units with 21,982 sq. ft. of GRFA, to be included in a voluntary rental management program
  • 15 attached accommodation units to 11 of the dwelling units
  • 10 employee housing units with 10,574 sq. ft. of GRFA
  • 19 accommodation units (hotel rooms) with 7,623 sq. ft. of GRFA
  • Parking to accommodate the proposed uses



Purpose of this report is to provide a comprehensive description and evaluation of renovation plans proposed for the Hill Building located at the top of Bridge Street and base of Vail Mountain in Vail Village. Renovation plans will maintain existing retail use on the main level and residential use on upper levels, but will thoroughly transform the building resulting in significant enhancement to the architecture and appearance of the building.

History of Hill Building
The Hill Building has played a long and important role in the history of Vail. Blanche Hill owned the property for approximately 50 years and it was the site of one of Vail Village’s earliest developments. The original building was a relatively small structure designed by Fitz Hugh Scott. The building epitomized the alpine style evident in many of Vail’s original buildings.  Vail
Blanche Hill Ski Shop, at the time Vail’s first Ski Shop, was one of the original tenants of the building. Residential use was added to the building in subsequent years and this home served as Blanche Hill’s personal residence.

Since the 60’s a number of major additions were made to the building and for the past twenty years the building has remained relatively unchanged. Additions were not always kind to the clean, simple alpine architecture of Scott’s original building. Additions were made in a somewhat haphazard manner that resulted in a building lacking in coherency. Building massing, roof lines and forms, and building materials are just some of the elements of the building that are inconsistent with the Town’s design architectural and urban design goals for Vail Village.



What to Know about Hoop Houses and Greenhouses

To accommodate increasing interest in the use of hoop houses and greenhouses, the Vail Town Code has been updated to encourage this type of residential gardening. Local do-it-yourselfers are asked to review the town’s new guidelines before getting started.

The most significant change allows for unheated hoop houses or cold frames to be assembled on private property without the need for design review or a building permit. These hoop houses must not contain any mechanical or electrical systems and may not be used for storage of any kind. The hoop house may be up to four feet in height and up to 120 square feet in floor area and only one hoop house per dwelling unit is allowed.

The definition of a greenhouse has also been updated in the town code to add additional clarification. A greenhouse in Vail is defined as “an outdoor structure, heated or unheated, constructed primarily of glass or other rigid translucent material, which is devoted to the protection or cultivation of food or ornamental crops.” Greenhouses require both design review through the Design Review Board and a building permit. Design criteria for greenhouses have also been revised that address building material, exterior compatibility and storage prohibitions.

For questions, contact Jonathan Spence, senior planner, at 970-479-2321 or email

Hoop house & Greenhouse Information Sheet




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.


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
Senior Planner

Matt Panfil