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The Vail Town Council will review the status of the update to the 1994 Comprehensive Open Lands Plan at its regular evening meeting on Tuesday, Aug. 15. The topic is listed as item 5.1 on the meeting agenda which begins at 6 p.m. in the Vail Town Council Chambers and will include opportunities for public comment.
Planning consultant Tom Braun will lead the presentation which will include an overview of the work to date. Initiated in December 2016, the Open Lands Plan Update project has included community workshops, research and evaluation of town-owned parcels as well as privately-held undeveloped parcels, plus outreach to technical expert groups. As part of Tuesday’s presentation, the project team will be asking Town Council to review and comment on three policy related elements of the 1994 Plan:
Town Council input on these topics will assist the project team in drafting the update.
The Town of Vail Comprehensive Open Lands Plan was adopted in 1994 and has provided the town with a framework of recommended actions that has established a comprehensive system of public benefits, including parks, recreation, protection of sensitive habitats, trails and land to be reserved for public uses including public buildings and employee housing. More than 30 of the 52 parcels identified in the plan have either been acquired, are close to being acquired or have met the objective of the plan without acquisition.
In authorizing the plan’s update, the Town Council directed staff to work with the community in determining which parts of the original plan have been completed, which parts are still relevant and to identify new needs based on current issues such as protection of Gore Creek water quality, recreational opportunities, including trails, as well as the potential for acquisition of sites for housing and other public uses.
The project team has begun drafting the updated plan. Upcoming steps in the planning process include:
Comments and themes identified from our Open Lands Update Questionnaire.
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