The Town of Vail experienced numerous successes in 2016 as it marked its 50th year as a municipality. A giant community birthday party in August provided the backdrop to reminisce about the people, the place and its future. To that end, the Town Council’s strategic goal to “grow a balanced community” included decisions on the make-up of 32 new homes that will become the new Chamonix Neighborhood at West Vail as well as adoption of an unprecedented effort to acquire 1,000 resident housing deed restrictions by the year 2027.
Adding to the quality of life for community members and guests was the investment in new recreational amenities including the Zeke M. Pierce Skatepark, six new pickleball courts at Golden Peak, redevelopment of Booth Creek Park and the newly opened Golf & Nordic Clubhouse. In addition, Town Council adoption of the Gore Creek Strategic Action Plan outlines over 220 actions to be implemented to improve the health of the stream.
The Town Council’s goal to “elevate the experience” got a significant boost when construction began on the I-70 Vail Underpass that will help connect the north and south sides of the community and ease traffic congestion when the project is completed in November 2017. A third goal to “enhance the local economy” saw success with a full calendar of special events which contributed to the fifth year in a row for record sales tax, albeit a leveling of growth in the past year.
Perhaps most significant of all is the transition into 2017 which has been was met with a new and immediate challenge upon the announcement in November by Town Manager Stan Zemler that he would be leaving the town on March 31, 2017, after 13 years. Examples of the many accomplishments that can be attributed to the Town Council, Zemler, the town staff and members of the community are detailed below: