Following a rigorous audit process in late 2020, Vail is celebrating the achievement of recertification as a Sustainable Destination under the Mountain IDEAL standard. This coveted achievement builds upon the initial certification in 2017 when Vail become the first Certified Sustainable Destination in the U.S.
Earth Day is Thursday, April 22. In celebration, the Town of Vail is providing complimentary native wildflower and vegetable seeds to community members in conjunction with the 10th anniversary of the One Book One Valley initiative and the NEA Big Read grant. The town will also host the Poo Patrol cleanup of parks containing excessive dog poop that was left behind this winter. The cleanup effort will take place from 9 a.m. to noon.
The development review process for the planned housing development on town-owned land at Lot 3, Middle Creek, located at 129 North Frontage Road West, will begin with a conceptual hearing before the Design Review Board on April 7 and an introductory hearing before the Planning and Environmental Commission on April 12. These virtual meetings are regularly livestreamed on High Five Access Media at www.highfivemedia.org with opportunities for public comment. Registration to participate in the virtual DRB and PEC meetings can be found on the town’s website with DRB agendas here and PEC agendas here.
The Town of Vail is seeking applicants from community members to fill an alternate member vacancy on the Town of Vail Building and Fire Code Appeals Board. The board operates with five regular and two alternate members. The term of the new appointment begins May 1 for a partial five-year term ending March 31, 2023. The board meets monthly, as required.
The Town of Vail is seeking community members to fill five vacancies on two citizen boards. There are three openings on the Planning and Environmental Commission and two vacancies on the Design Review Board. Applications are due by 5 p.m. Friday, March 5. Send letters of interest and experience to: Vail Town Council, Attn. Tammy Nagel, Town Clerk, 75 S. Frontage Rd., Vail, CO 81657 by mail or in person, or e-mail to email@example.com.
The Interstate 70 Vail Pass Rest Area serves a growing number of motorists, commercial operators, recreationists and local travelers. After years of heavy use, the Vail Pass Rest Area facility is inadequate and no longer meets the needs of its users. To better serve customers, the Colorado Department of Transportation is in the design phase of the Vail Pass Rest Area Replacement Project. The purpose of the project is to increase restroom user capacity, update the existing drinking water treatment system, increase parking capacity for all users, improve traffic circulation, accessibility and safety. Improvements will include better connectivity with nearby popular recreation opportunities.
Community members interested in taking part in a virtual workshop on the commercial area component of the West Vail Master Plan are invited to register in advance for one of two 90-minute discussions to be held on Thursday, Feb. 11. The sessions, one at 2 p.m. and repeated at 5:30 p.m., will be used to explore ideas presented by the planning team to reimagine and transform West Vail’s commercial area. During the workshop, attendees will review goals to provide housing in the commercial area, comment on physical design scenarios and discuss the area’s desired future business mix.
The Town of Vail is soliciting proposals and seeking to partner with a qualified waste hauler to collect and haul residential organics waste including food and yard waste for a pilot program to test the feasibility of adding an organic waste curbside collection program throughout Vail. Through this pilot program, Vail seeks to gather data and information on the viability of a town-wide curbside composting program and to evaluate the effect of such a program on the county-wide Climate Action Plan goal of reaching a 30% diversion rate by 2030.
The Town of Vail has been recognized as one of 88 cities across the globe that continue to lead on environmental action despite the pressures of tackling COVID-19. Vail’s A list rating for 2020 has been awarded by CDP Cities, a global emissions reporting platform based in London, with offices around the world. This is the first time the town has achieved the climate leader rating.
Community members have been sharing their feedback virtually to help shape the West Vail Master Plan. Over the first few weeks of September, the project team held a virtual open house to kick off the West Vail Master Plan with the general public. Through the Virtual Open House, participants could learn about the plan and share their ideas and vision for the West Vail neighborhood. About 275 people participated and provided valuable insights on the primary issues for the plan to address, key components of the commercial area going forward and desired character.
Vail Town Council’s decision to uphold the Planning and Environmental Commission’s 2019 approval of the Booth Heights development application in East Vail has been affirmed by Eagle County District Court Judge Russell Granger. In an order issued earlier this week, Judge Granger found the Town Council neither exceeded its jurisdiction nor abused its discretion in its decision to approve the application.
The Vail Town Council gave final approval to new contractor certification requirements by adopting Ordinance No. 12 Series of 2020 at its Oct. 20 meeting.
The Town of Vail Community Development Department will soon be seeking input from the business community on an update to the Sign Code in Title 11 of the Vail Town Code. Changes are needed to address removal of content-related requirements as a result of the U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Reed vs Town of Gilbert. The scope of the update is not intended to include increasing sizes, locations or manner of display, but will address the way certain signs are regulated and classified. As envisioned, the code update will not require businesses to change how they currently use signage but may allow for more opportunity to creatively display information on the signage allowed.
Over the past few months, the West Vail Master Plan project team has been analyzing existing conditions in West Vail. Three reports are available for review on the project page at www.EngageVail.com.
The Town of Vail is excited to announce a special webinar with Darcy Gaetcher, the first woman to kayak the Amazon River from source to sea and author of the book “Amazon Woman.” The webinar will begin at noon Tuesday, Aug. 25. Gaetcher will be sharing the story of her trip down the Amazon, including Class V whitewater in the Andes of Peru and continuing down through the miles-wide portions of the Amazon Delta where she combated tides and wind while navigating a river too wide to see across.