The Town of Vail thanks the attendees and interested citizens who joined us on Nov. 27th for the informal luncheon and discussion on the draft Open Lands Plan Update prior to the Planning and Environmental Commission (PEC) meeting. During this session, we heard concerns about the wildlife impacts of trails, the need for open space as visual buffers and the preservation of sensitive environmental lands, plus community needs for diversity of trails and increasing impacts on well-loved trails.
During the PEC meeting that followed, Commissioners discussed the pros and cons of applying conservation easements on certain town-owned lands, current open space designation rules, the review process for trails and cost implications of the proposed action items. All agreed that the Open Lands Plan should be tabled until January to allow time for proper review and analysis.
In the meantime, town staff proposes to host a public wildlife forum designed to allow local wildlife experts to provide education on the state of wildlife in the Gore Valley, status of keystone species and to answer questions from the public. Look for an announcement soon regarding this upcoming session.
Lastly, we’re continuing to take public comment on the draft plan via the Town of Vail online portal at vailgov.com/openlandsupdate. Please take a moment to provide your thoughts and/or review the comments that have been submitted, to date. The draft plan is also available on the portal, or if you’d like a hard copy, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
On behalf of the project team, thank you again for your continued interest and participation in this important planning update.