Town Council to Review Civic Area Plan Progress on May 21

  • 20 May 2019
Town Council to Review Civic Area Plan Progress on May 21
A progress report on the Vail Civic Area Plan will be presented to the Town Council at its evening meeting on Tuesday, May 21. The item is listed as 6.1 on the meeting agenda which begins at 6 p.m. in the Town Council Chambers with opportunities for public comment. 

Tuesday’s presentation will be the fourth update by the consultant team since the planning project was initiated last December. Most recently, community members were asked to evaluate various design concepts for the five sites in the study area based on themes identified through an earlier online public engagement phase at

Tuesday’s update will include a summary of community input from the most recent public engagement period and an overview of economic and market considerations. This overview will address potential revenue opportunities to fund Civic Area improvements and high-level order of magnitude cost estimates for potential improvements. 

Potential improvement ideas previously presented to the Council and included in the public engagement outreach include a large community space at the charter bus lot; an upgrade, rebuild or expansion of Dobson Ice Arena; the addition of a second floor to the library; community space and housing at the Lionshead parking structure, additional parking; and a new municipal building.

The Civic Area planning process is being guided by a multi-disciplinary Colorado-based consultant group with representation from 4240 Architects, Braun Associates, Inc., Russell Mills Studio, Trestle Strategy Group and Economic & Planning Systems. The team was selected for its expertise in citizen engagement, urban planning, urban design and economic planning.

To view the Civic Area Plan staff memo and consultant presentation for the May 21 meeting, click here.

Following Tuesday’s discussion, the consultant team will return to the Town Council on June 18 to discuss potential ideas and share high level master plan concepts. In July the project team will provide an update on market and cost information and refined master plan concepts to the Town Council in July. Formal review of the master plan by the Planning and Environmental Commission is scheduled to occur in this fall. 

Completion of the Civic Area Plan has been identified as a high priority by the Vail Town Council. Upon adoption, the plan will provide guidance on future decision-making, funding and implementation of improvements to the Civic Area.

To provide additional structure to the planning process, the following goals have been adopted:
  • Identify the community's opinions of how to best utilize the land within the defined study area for the Civic Area Plan; 
  • Evaluate and comprehend the issues, opportunities and constraints that will influence the development of the Civic Area, including the identification of potential highest and best uses;
  • Prepare a plan that is viable, is reflective of the community’s goals, is economically feasible in terms of market considerations and is responsive to the site and the surrounding neighborhoods, and;
  • Define strategies to guide future decision-making and the implementation of improvements to the Civic Area that will establish vibrant, aesthetically pleasing and thoughtfully designed places that will serve the needs of the local community and guests.

The majority of the study area is contained within a Tax Increment Finance District, established in 2005, and represents the last phase of a planning effort that has included adoption of the Lionshead Redevelopment Master Plan in 1998 and related TIF-funded improvements to include construction of a new transit center and welcome center, plus streetscape improvements, remodel of the library, guest service enhancements, reconstruction of the Lionshead parking entry and construction of the Zeke M. Pierce Skatepark. Most recently, TIF funds have been used to fund the town’s portion of the Sandstone Underpass. The TIF district will expire in 2030 in accordance with state law following a 25-year collection period. The TIF money is available to secure bonding for future projects in the district at the direction of the Vail Town Council sitting as the Vail Reinvestment Authority.  

For more information, contact Matt Gennett, community development director, at 970-479-2146 or email


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