The Town of Vail has introduced the first stages of a master planning process that is relying heavily on community engagement to determine how best to incorporate community needs and goals in preparing for future improvements to town-owned properties in the heart of Vail.
The Civic Area study is exploring opportunities for a number of prominent town sites encompassing a 10-acre area to include the Lionshead Parking and Transportation Center, charter bus lot, Dobson Ice Arena, Vail Public Library, Vail Municipal Building complex, as well as sections of Gore Creek that traverse the area.
The community engagement activities are being driven by a new online forum, EngageVail.com
, which offers opportunities to take part in surveys, discussions and information-sharing throughout the planning process. To help get the conversation started, the town is inviting community members to log on, register and take a short survey hosted by EngageVail.com
. The survey questions will help identify the qualities that make for a great civic space in Vail, what is currently working, what is missing and any “big ideas” to be pursued. Responses to the survey will be collected until Jan. 25, 2019, and will be used to inform the initial site concepts and future improvements for the area. Anyone who loves Vail is invited to participate. This includes full- and part-time residents, property owners, business owners, employees, students, guests and anyone else.
The Civic Area Master Plan process will take approximately 11 months and will involve multiple opportunities to be involved in the planning and design process, including additional online engagement, “pop-up” outreach events and stakeholder/focus groups. The town will also be working directly with organizations such as the Eagle River Youth Coalition to empower and include youth in the planning process.
Once initial phases of community engagement have been completed, the design team will begin working to understand programing and planning considerations related to ideas derived from the community. This evaluation will include involvement from civil engineering, environmental, traffic and economic/market specialists on the project team. Up to three alternative development concepts will be prepared and following review by the Town Council, a preferred concept will be selected. This concept will be incorporated into a maser plan for the Civic Area that is expected to be released for public review in late July. The Planning and Environmental Commission will review the plan in August and September and the Town Council’s review is planned to occur in September and October. Opportunities for public comment will take place throughout the review and adoption process.
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 and Trestle Strategy Group. The team was selected for its expertise in citizen engagement, urban planning and urban design.
Completion of the Civic Area Plan has been identified as a high priority by the Vail Town Council. Upon adoption by the Town Council in 2019, the plan will provide guidance on future decision-making, funding and implementation of improvements to the Civic Area.