The first phase of the Vail Open Lands Plan Update has concluded with some insightful input from you and other members of the community. Thank you for taking the time to drop in at one of our open houses and to leave your comments with us either in person or online.
In moving toward Phase II of the update, a status report will be presented to the Vail Town Council at the Tuesday, Feb. 7 afternoon meeting. This topic is listed as 2.2 on the meeting agenda as a presentation item. Tuesday’s status report will include an overview of the community scoping sessions that have been held to date and the overall themes generated from these sessions. In addition, the update will review next steps, the project schedule and recommendations on areas of expertise that will be sought to provide technical assistance to the town. This status report is available online by clicking here.
Following Tuesday’s review by the Town Council, the next step in the update is a research and analysis phase that will be initiated by staff. During this phase, staff will engage a variety of agencies with expertise on specific topics addressed by the plan. This work will be presented for community comment at a public workshop from 5:30 to 7 p.m. with a presentation beginning at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 22 at the Grand View on the third floor of the Lionshead parking structure. Parking is free after 3 p.m. A second community meeting is planned for March with the time and date to be announced.
Phase III will involve preparation of a draft plan that will include a work session with the Planning and Environmental Commission. Upon completion, a draft of the plan will be distributed to the public for a 30-day public review period. Phase IV will then involve formal review by the Planning and Environmental Commission and the Town Council. It is anticipated that adoption of the plan will occur during the fall.
We look forward to your continued participation in the Vail Open Lands Plan Update. For comments or questions about the review process, please contact Suzanne Silverthorn in the Community Information Office at 970-479-2115.