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Town Council to Review Civic Area Plan Concepts on June 18

  • 14 June 2019
Town Council to Review Civic Area Plan Concepts on June 18

A series of master plan concepts for the five sites that make up the Vail Civic Area will be presented to the Town Council at its evening meeting on Tuesday, June 18. The item is listed as 4.1 on the meeting agenda which begins at 6 p.m. in the Town Council Chambers with opportunities for public comment. 

Tuesday’s presentation will be the fifth update by the consultant team since the planning project was initiated last December. Most recently, the team has been exploring various configurations based on themes identified through earlier community engagement activities. The configurations to be presented represent a variety of master plan concepts for improvements to town-owned properties including Dobson Ice Arena, Vail Public Library, Lionshead parking structure, charter bus lot and the Vail municipal building.

Concepts to be reviewed and narrowed by the Town Council include a rebuild or renovation of Dobson Arena, a second sheet of ice, the addition of a second floor to the library, plus new development opportunities for the charter bus lot and possibilities for redevelopment of the municipal site. Concepts include a conference space with adjoining conference hotel, performing arts space, additional parking, private development opportunities and a new municipal building, among others.

Also to be presented Tuesday will be high level cost estimates associated with each concept and various financing mechanisms. The Town Council will be asked to provide direction to the consultant team in narrowing the concepts for additional study. View the Civic Area Plan staff memo and consultant presentation for the June 18 meeting here.

The Civic Area planning process is being guided by a multi-disciplinary Colorado-based consultant group with representation from 4240 Architects, Braun Associates, Inc., Russell Mills Studio, Trestle Strategy Group and Economic & Planning Systems. The team was selected for its expertise in citizen engagement, urban planning, urban design and economic planning.

Following Tuesday’s discussion, the project team will refine the concepts and launch the next phase of public engagement activities through the online site as well as “pop-up” outreach events and stakeholder focus groups. In July the project team will provide a sixth update to the Town Council with a focus on market and cost information to further assist in narrowing the concepts that will be included in the Civic Area Plan. Formal review of the master plan by the Planning and Environmental Commission is scheduled to occur in this fall. 
Completion of the Civic Area Plan has been identified as a high priority by the Vail Town Council. Upon adoption, the plan will provide guidance on future decision-making, funding and implementation of improvements to the Civic Area.

To provide additional structure to the planning process, the following goals have been adopted:

  • Identify the community's opinions of how to best utilize the land within the defined study area for the Civic Area Plan; 
  • Evaluate and comprehend the issues, opportunities and constraints that will influence the development of the Civic Area, including the identification of potential highest and best uses;
  • Prepare a plan that is viable, is reflective of the community’s goals, is economically feasible in terms of market considerations and is responsive to the site and the surrounding neighborhoods, and;
  • Define strategies to guide future decision-making and the implementation of improvements to the Civic Area that will establish vibrant, aesthetically pleasing and thoughtfully designed places that will serve the needs of the local community and guests.

The majority of the study area is contained within a Tax Increment Finance District, established in 2005, and represents the last phase of a planning effort that has included adoption of the Lionshead Redevelopment Master Plan in 1998 and related TIF-funded improvements to include construction of a new transit center and welcome center, plus streetscape improvements, remodel of the library, guest service enhancements, reconstruction of the Lionshead parking entry and construction of the Zeke M. Pierce Skatepark. Most recently, TIF funds have been used to fund the town’s portion of the Sandstone Underpass. The TIF district will expire in 2030 in accordance with state law following a 25-year collection period. The TIF money is available to secure bonding for future projects in the district at the direction of the Vail Town Council sitting as the Vail Reinvestment Authority.  

For more information, contact Matt Gennett, community development director, at 970-479-2146 or email



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