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.
The annual Sole Power Green Commuting Challenge has completed its 10th year of the program while surpassing the 50,000 miles goal for human powered miles logged. Sole Power celebrated the end of the season with 280 participants logging 50,879 miles, which is a 32% increase over miles logged in 2019. Since the start of Sole Power in 2011, over 345,000 miles of human powered commuting has prevented 156 metric tons of carbon dioxide from entering the atmosphere.
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.
The Town of Vail is partnering with Bewegen Technologies to launch Bewegen Vail, an electric bike share pilot program this summer from July 1 through Sept. 9. The pilot program is geared to local Vail residents to offer an alternative to driving their vehicles or taking the bus to commute to work or social engagements and while running errands. It is a great way to get fresh air and exercise while practicing social distance.
Public meetings in Vail will return to a virtual-only format beginning Tuesday, July 21 when the Town Council convenes for its afternoon and evening meetings. With the recent Eagle County amended Public Health Order dated July 17, the Town Manager’s Office has determined that the virtual format will create the most appropriate environment for the town’s public meetings during the public health crisis at this time. With the trend of COVID-19 cases on the rise and the need to reduce the numbers that gather in public places, the town thought it prudent to no longer host the meeting in council chambers. The town had been recently conducting its public meetings in chambers as well as simultaneously on the zoom platform.
The Town of Vail is excited to announce the 2nd Community Business Recycling Challenge that includes free, customized training, progress reports and bragging rights in three award categories. The competition will start the week of July 27 and run through the month of August and is available to the first 20 businesses that register. Retail stores, restaurants, bars, lodges, offices and all other Vail business license holders are eligible to participate. Signups are being taken through Monday, July 20.
The Vail Town Council will has approved plans to install Advisory Bike Lanes along Vail Valley Drive on a trial basis. The concept was reviewed during council's Tuesday, June 16 meeting.
The Town of Vail is ready to launch a comprehensive master plan process for the West Vail area. Details are available on the EngageVail.com community engagement portal with opportunities to register for project updates. The intent of this plan is to envision planning, zoning and design options as well as transportation infrastructure, housing and economic development for the West Vail area. The planning process is expected to take between 12 and 18 months, with adoption by the Town Council in the spring/summer of 2021.
The 8150 Report spotlights the people, programs and events that make the Town of Vail a great place to live and visit.
Environmental sustainability efforts have been identified as Vail’s highest priorities for action according to respondents who took part in the Town of Vail community survey which was circulated during the spring. The survey findings were presented to the Town Council on June 16 by the research firm RRC Associates which also included an overview of department and service ratings as well as comments associated with the public health crisis.
Note: All available trees and shrubs have been taken. Thanks for your participation.
The Town of Vail is sponsoring the distribution and giveaway of 100 native trees and shrubs as part of the annual Trees for Vail program. Beginning Monday, June 15, Vail residents or property owners who show proof of Vail residency will be eligible to pick up a free one-gallon tree or native shrub. The trees will be given away on a first-come, first-served basis and will be limited to one tree per household.