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Vail Chamonix Neighborhood Project

  • 10 February 2016

“Vail’s newest residential neighborhood for families”

“…growing a thriving and balanced community”



Project Guidelines & Goals:

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  • Optimize site for workforce for-sale housing (15 - 25 du’s per acre)
  • Context Sensitive Design Solution
  • Phased Approach
  • Desirable, marketable and diverse housing products
  • Maximize limited financial resources
  • Build responsibly considering topography and natural features
  • Diversified cost/sales structure

Construction Updates:

Progress Report - November 22, 2016

Chamonix Residential Development Site Work, 2310 Chamonix Road United Companies started work on the utility infrastructure at the site on April 11, with mobilization of equipment and the installation of erosion control devices. Working expeditiously much has been accomplished to date on the site and completion of work scheduled for early to mid-June should be within reason. Work includes installation of storm sewer, water and sewer mains and conduits for electric/phone/TV on the site and storm sewer upgrades at the north side West Vail roundabout. Work in the roundabout is scheduled to occur at night due to traffic volumes and safety. Work adjacent to the roundabout will occur during the day. Town of Vail contact is Chad Salli, 970-479-2169.

Proposals for Affordable Housing Chamonix at Vail Residential Housing Development Design/Build Construction Services from Qualified firms and teams  to provide design/build construction services for the Chamonix Parcel have been received and are being considered by the Town for completeness and ability to meet the development goals intended for the Chamonix Neighborhood. Once the development team has been selected and an agreement negotiated with the Town, vertical construction is anticipated to begin in the spring of 2017.

April 14 Construction Update Letter

Chamonix Master Plan Information:

Where is the Chamonix Parcel located?

  • The Chamonix Parcel is located at 2310 Chamonix Road. Adjacent uses include the Shell Station, Vail Fire Station No. 3 and a mix of low and medium density residential developments.

When did the Town of Vail purchase the Chamonix Parcel?

  • The Town of Vail purchased the 3.6-acre parcel in 2002 for “the purposes of constructing a fire station, employee housing and land banking.”
  • In 2007 the Town acquired the adjacent 1.25-acre Wendy’s parcel as it is a more optimal location, from an emergency services perspective, for the West Vail Fire Station.

When was the Chamonix Parcel Land Use Plan adopted?

  • The Chamonix Parcel Land Use Plan was adopted in 2005 and it outlined development areas for a fire station, employee housing and open space.

Has the Chamonix Parcel Land Use Plan been amended? If so, what was the reason for the amendment?

  • Yes, the Chamonix Parcel Land Use Plan was amended in 2009 following the purchase of the former Wendy’s Parcel. The result was the Chamonix Master Plan adopted January 2009.

What was the objective of the Chamonix Master Plan (2009)?

  • The ultimate goal was to provide a plan for the Chamonix Master Plan Area that balanced the concepts of density, neighborhood impact, and traffic and parking concerns with aesthetics, sustainability, and value in a way that would address the community need for additional affordable housing in a contextually appropriate way.
  • The Town Council identified eleven development goals to direct the master planning process.

These goals were:

  • The site is to be used for development of a fire station and employee housing.
  • Housing for student fire department employees should be considered in the design of the fire station.
  • An ambulance substation could be an ancillary use on the site.
  • Energy-efficient and sustainable design and construction techniques are important. Certification by a particular program (Green Globes, LEED) is to be investigated, although not mandatory.
  • 100 percent of housing developed should be deed-restricted, for-sale employee housing, with a mix of one-, two-, and three-bedroom units.
  • The site should be optimized to provide the greatest amount of employee housing.
  • Re-zoning the site to Housing (H) District is preferred to allow flexibility in design and development.
  • Additional traffic onto Chamonix Lane should be limited.
  • One-story of development along Chamonix Lane is acceptable.
  • All financing and phasing options will be considered.
  • New pedestrian circulation and access routes should be provided around the site, along Chamonix Road and/or Lane, to ensure connectivity of the surrounding neighborhood to other areas within West Vail. Existing pedestrian paths through the site are to be limited.

What role did the community play in the adoption of the master plan?

  • During a period of six months the consulting team developed three schemes exploring various densities and internal character. Development of the schemes benefited from informal and formal meetings with stakeholders and Town staff and from responses to a survey distributed to potential residents. Revisions to the three schemes were periodically presented to the Advisory Committee for additional input and direction, and these refinements were subsequently presented to the Town Council.
  • Information from the Town department heads was considered in the site planning and design guidelines for the development of the employee housing and fire station at the Chamonix Master Plan Area. Information from other sources was balanced with input from the Focus Groups.

What is the relationship of the Chamonix Master Plan (2009) to the Employee Housing Strategic Plan (2008)?

  • In 2008, the Town of Vail adopted an Employee Housing Strategic Plan. The stated goal of the strategic plan is “to ensure there is deed restricted housing for at least 30% of Vail’s workforce within the Town of Vail.” The strategic plan identifies a series of actions steps the Town should consider, such as developing deed restricted housing on the Chamonix Parcel, in an effort to achieve its adopted housing goal.

What is the role of the Chamonix Master Plan in the decision-making process?

  • Like many of the Town’s adopted master planning documents, the role of the Chamonix Master Plan is to illustrate and articulate the community’s expectations and public input, and to guide decision-makers on how the Chamonix Parcel should be developed.

How can the Chamonix Parcel help the Town achieve its goals for deed restricted housing?

  • The Town’s Employee Housing Strategic Plans identifies Town participation in the development of new deed-restricted employee housing as a “catch up” opportunity.
  • The 2011 Peel/Langenwalter Architects and Martin/Martin Consulting Engineers plan shows up to 48 units. The plan shows 5 duplexes (10 units) and up to 38 flats.

Is the Chamonix Parcel zoned? If so, what is the development potential of the Parcel?

  • The upper 3.6- acre portion of the Chamonix Parcel is zoned Housing (H) District and the lower (former Wendy’s parcel) is zoned General Use (GU).

Have development scenarios been proposed for the Chamonix Parcel? If so, what were they and what is the status of the project?

  • No development scenarios have been proposed for the Chamonix Parcel since the adoption of the Chamonix Master Plan. In 2011 the Town Council discussed preliminary plans for an initial phase of housing development at Chamonix. No further action has been taken.

Does the Town of Vail have a policy when it comes to conveying ownership of land underneath town-sponsored, for-sale housing developments?

  • The Town of Vail has retained ownership of the land under all of the deed-restricted, appreciation-capped units in Town. A 99-year land lease exists under Vail Commons, North Trail and the Arosa Duplex.
  • The exception is Red Sandstone. There the Homeowner’s Association was given the land under the development because the Town of Vail owned one-third of the land and Eagle River Water & Sanitation District owned two-thirds of the land.

To what degree has the Town studied the marketability and suitability of the Chamonix Parcel for development?

  • The Town completed a market study in 2008 and updated it 2011.
  • The Town completed an engineering/utility plan to optimize site utilization and the cost of constructing the infrastructure in 2011.

How have market conditions changed since the adoption of the master plan?

  • The Town has a proposal from Economic and Planning Systems to study and update the Chamonix Market Study to understand how market conditions have changed since the completion of the Chamonix Market Study as well as the 2011 Chamonix Market Update.




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