After over a year of preparation and review, a resolution to adopt the Restore the Gore Strategic Plan is scheduled for consideration by the Town Council at its evening session on Tuesday, March 15 which begins at 6 p.m. in the Town Council Chambers. The item is listed fifth on the meeting agenda with opportunities for public comment.
The Restore the Gore planning process was initiated in 2014 as part of the effort to remove Vail’s waterways from an impaired stream status as classified in 2012 by state and federal regulators. A citizen advisory committee and numerous partner organizations have been working with the town’s environmental sustainability staff in providing assistance in the plan’s development which has been drafted by Lotic Hydrological, LLC, Land Planning Collaborative and Alpine Engineering.
The plan identifies over 220 actions to be implemented over the next five years totaling over $7 million that include: new regulations, best management practices, on-the-ground projects including riparian area restoration and stormwater infrastructure (water quality vaults), education and outreach, and ongoing monitoring.
The plan was first presented to the Planning and Environmental Commission in September 2015 and five other occasions which culminated in a unanimous recommendation of approval by the PEC on Jan. 11. Since then, the Town Council has reviewed the plan on three occasions in preparation for Tuesday’s adoption. According to Kristen Bertuglia, the town’s environmental sustainability manager, the plan represents the work of the entire Vail community and the best available science-based solutions. “Success,” she says, “will require a multi-year commitment of the town and all who live on, near or enjoy Gore Creek.”
To forward comments to the Town Council in advance of Tuesday’s meeting, email email@example.com. For questions, contact Bertuglia at 970-477-3455 or firstname.lastname@example.org. To review the plan in its entirety, visit vailgov.com.