The Eagle County Housing Task Force will host two community visioning sessions on Monday, Dec. 4 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the Grand View on the third level of the Lionshead Welcome Center. The purpose of these sessions is to hear from a diverse cross-section of public and private members of the community about what their vision is for workforce housing in Eagle County.
Using Vail Resorts’ proposed housing development on a parcel it owns in East Vail as a concrete example for discussion, the sessions will be organized as a series of stations that will allow participants to share their input on a number of key aspects:
- What’s your vision for workforce housing in the community?
- What kind of housing is appropriate and needed? Specifically, aspects such as size and mix of unit sizes and affordability, as well as whether a mix of rental and for-sale homes can improve the viability and appeal of workforce communities.
- What role can site planning and architecture play in creating a viable and attractive workforce community?
The Eagle County Housing Task Force, comprised of 14 community leaders and volunteers from throughout Eagle County, is a resource for all in the community who are seeking affordable housing to live in or those interested in developing workforce housing. The task force plans to facilitate the creation of more workforce housing through education, data collection and public forums by creating a more efficient process.
The Vail Valley Partnership recently surveyed the community in order to determine the priorities in the Valley and concluded workforce housing is the number-one priority. Eagle County has run similar studies reinforcing the need for increased housing.
Housing is a critical component to a sustainable community. This fall, Vail was named to the top 100 sustainable destinations in the world for 2017 by Green Destinations. In order to become re-certified as a sustainable destination in 2020 Vail must meet and maintain progress on many sustainability criteria including workforce housing. The task force will work with members of the sustainable destination steering committee to achieve this goal. It will also work with public-private partnerships, deed restricted projects, land swap deals and community land trusts to facilitate the creation of adequate workforce housing in the Vail Valley.
Eagle County Housing Task Force Members
Mick Daly; President, Eagle County Chamber of Commerce
Michael Glass; President, Alpine Bank Vail
Elyse Howard; Development Director, Habitat for Humanity Vail Valley
Scot Hunn, AICP; President, Hunn Planning & Policy LLC
Morgan Landers; Community Dev Director, Town of Eagle
Greg Moffet; Councilman, Town of Vail
Molly Morales; Property & Housing Coordinator, Vail Health/Board Member of the Vail Local Housing Authority
Chris Romer; President & CEO, Vail Valley Partnership
George Ruther; Community Development Director, Town of Vail
Erik Williams; Community Development Director, Vail Valley Partnership
Kim Bell Williams; Housing Director, Eagle County
Kristin K. Williams; VP of Mountain Community Affairs