Loading and Delivery

UPDATE:  SEPTEMBER 2, 2009

Loading and delivery policies for the Village Core (Bridge Street, Gore Creek Drive, Hanson Ranch Road) and East Meadow Drive have been evolving following the opening of the underground Mountain Plaza facility during the 2008-09 ski season as well as improvements at Vail Plaza Hotel which can now accommodate truck clearances of up to 14 feet. Four additional public bays will be ready for use in July 2010 upon completion of Solaris.   
 
A status report was presented to the Town Council on Sept. 1 to review modifications implemented in July. The council agreed to continue the policies through the winter while directing staff to address several loading issues (where best to unload groceries, luggage, etc.) expressed by residents in the core. Click here to review the staff memo and the recommendations which were approved by the Town Council.     

Village Core Program
On Sept. 1, 2009, the Vail Town Council agreed to retain a loading and delivery system for the Village Core as modified on July 7, 2009, as follows:
--Mountain Plaza loading docks available 4 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. 
--On-street delivery available from 4 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. on Bridge Street and from 4 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. (shortened from 11:30 a.m.) on Gore Creek Drive.
--3 designated courier areas for Fed Ex, UPS, USPS, etc.:
    1. Gore Creek Drive, north side, east end of Gorsuch Building. Hours are 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.
    2. Two spaces at the south end of the Willow Bridge Road loading zone (next to Checkpoint Charlie) for use by the couriers from 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
    3. East Meadow Drive in front of Vail Boot and Shoe from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
--Removal of Mill Creek Court Building loading zone on Gore Creek Drive. (This zone had been available for vehicles less than 20 feet in length by permit only between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m., while no parking was allowed from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m.) Due to past abuses, this zone is being removed and will be reviewed again on September 1, 2009. Violators will be ticketed.
--Hanson Ranch Road across from the Christiania Lodge available for 30 minutes of unattended parking for vehicles less than 20 feet in length from 6 p.m. to 2 a.m. No parking from 2 a.m. to 6 a.m. Also available for 5-minute attended parking.
--All loading and delivery policies will be strictly enforced.

East Meadow Drive Pilot Program
On Sept. 1, 2009, the Vail Town Council agreed to continue a pilot program for loading and delivery on East Meadow Drive as follows:  
--On-street loading and delivery on the street’s north side from Vail Boot and Shoe west to Alpenrose from 5 a.m. to 8 a.m. Restrictions apply. Drivers enter from the east from Village Center Chute or Checkpoint Charlie to access and must not impede bus service which begins at 6 a.m. 
--Policies will be strictly enforced.
--In pursuit of long-term solutions, staff will continue to work to facilitate cooperative agreements with affected parties and property in the Vail Village Inn Special Development District (SDD #6) and the Town of Vail to explore alternatives such as a freight elevator or lift that will accommodate the transport of deliveries from the loading dock at Vail Plaza Hotel to businesses on East Meadow Drive. 

         Click here to view the 7-7-09 Town Council memo.
         Click here to view a map of Vail Village Loading & Delivery.

PREVIOUS DECISIONS TO DATE

Loading and Delivery policies for Vail Village were approved for the remainder of ski season and into summer following a review of the village core pilot program by the Vail Town Council on March 17. Click here to view the adopted policies.

On Nov. 18, 2008, the Vail Town Council reviewed recommendations for implementation of revised policies for dispersed loading and delivery operations in Vail Village and directed staff to implement the following:

  • Work on the final refinement and monitoring of the Mountain Plaza
    loading dock operational rules with Vail Resorts and vendors to address
    the questions raised during the Nov. 11, 2008, tour.
  • Beginning Jan. 9, 2009, conduct a 60-day pilot program for
    on-street delivery available from 4 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. on Bridge Street,
    and from 4 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. on Gore Creek Drive, followed by use of
    outlying, dispersed options from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Education and
    monitoring will be used as alternatives to strict enforcement.
  • Provide an interim update to the Town Council after approximately 30
    days (Feb. 17, 2009 meeting).
  • Reconvene Loading and Delivery Working Group for review and
    evaluation
    on March 2, 2009.
  • Present evaluation of Option A effectiveness to the Town Council on
    March 17, 2009, with recommendations for modifications, as needed.

In Vail Village, the loading docks at Mountain Plaza are available for deliveries effective Nov. 17, 2008.

The loading docks at the Arrabelle at Vail Square are now open and available for LionsHead deliveries.

To sign up for the town’s loading and delivery announcements, contact Suzanne Silverthorn in the Community Information Office at 479-2115 or e-mail ssilverthorn@vailgov.com.


BACKGROUND

Working group summary presented to the Vail Town Council in October 2007 

A 17-member working group has completed its task in formulating three options to be evaluated by the Vail Town Council for the successful use of a dispersed loading and delivery network in Vail Village. The working group was organized during the summer of 2007 at the invitation of Vail Town Manager Stan Zemler to include representation from the business community, residential neighborhood, vendors and the Town Council. The group was formed to provide recommendations to the Town Council in development of an operational plan for the use of 25 delivery bays that are being constructed for public use within Vail Village. The shared bays are being integrated into Vail’s Front Door, One Willow Bridge Road and Vail Plaza Hotel & Club developments, as well as the Solaris project to be completed in 2009.

The group is comprised of the following members: Mayor Rod Slifer and Mayor Pro Tem Farrow Hitt, representing the Town Council; Kaye Ferry, Vail Chamber and Business Association; Michael Robinson, Vail Valley Partnership; Bill Hanlon, neighborhood resident; Troy Goldenberg, Troy’s Ski Shop and Billy Shoff, Gorsuch, representing the retail sector; Matt Morgan, Sweet Basil and Michael Staughton of Los Amigos and Russell’s, representing the restaurant sector; and Paul Johnston of the Christiana Lodge and Bob Fritch of the Sitzmark representing the lodging sector. In addition, the Colorado Motor Carriers Association has assisted in recruiting six delivery company representatives to serve on the working group: Bob Dubois, Budweiser; Jim Armstrong, United States Postal Service; and Michael Hinkley, Coors; James Cook, Shamrock Foods; plus a representative each from Sysco Denver and HVH Transportation.