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Town of Vail Planning

The Planning Team is responsible for the town's physical and socioeconomic planning, including development of plans and policies, land use, zoning and environmental review.

During the development review process, the team ensures proposed development directs the future of the community toward appropriate physical and economic growth compatible with our natural environment. A strong community engagement component is included in all planning efforts to ensure that the community is informed and involved in all decision-making processes. 


Planning Services

  • Review current planning applications
  • Coordinate the development review process
  • Develop long-range master plans
  • Provide technical assistance and planning information to town departments, the Town Council, Planning and Environmental Commission and Design Review Board
  • Implement the Sign, Zoning and Subdivision Regulations


Current Projects


Vail Resorts Rezoning in East Vail for New Employee Housing and Open Space 

Vail Resorts has received to change the zoning on a 23.3 acres parcel of land it owns in East Vail to allow for a future employee housing development. The property is located on the north side of I-70 at the East Vail interchange (Exit 180) and has been rezoned from its previous zoning of Two-Family Residential (R) district to new zoning of Housing (H) district (5.4 acres on the western portion of the site) and Natural Area Preservation (NAP) district (17.9 acres on the eastern portion of the site.)

Visit the project webpage for details: Project Page

For more information, please contact Chris Neubecker at (970) 479-2148 or  


Vail Mountain View Residences Special Development District

Gore Creek Group LLC is requesting an application for the establishment of a new Special Development District (SDD) for Vail Mountain View Residences to facilitate the construction of a new mixed-use building located at 430 South Frontage Road. The new building is referred to as Phase 2 of Vail Mountain View Residences, which is proposed to be constructed above the existing parking structure. Phase 1, the existing 23 residential condominiums, is proposed to be included in the SDD, bu the building will not be modified with this application. The proposed Phase 2 consists of deed0restricted employee housing, lodging accommodations, and residential condominiums.

Phase 1 (completed in 2008) under the High Density Multiple Family (HDMF) zone district and included the following:

  • 23 for-sale condominiums with 42,593 sq. ft. of GRFA
  • 112 parking space parking structure, intended for lease to the public
  • Conditional use permit to allow for the leasing of excess parking spaces which were constructed in anticipation of Phase 2

The proposed Phase 2 includes the following:

  • 15 for-sale dwelling units with 32,687 sq. ft. of GRFA, to be included in a voluntary rental management program
  • 20 attached accommodation units to all of the 15 of the dwelling units (five dwelling units have 2 lock-offs)
  • 15 employee housing units with 13,992 sq. ft. of GRFA
  • Parking to accommodate the proposed uses



Redevelopment of the East Wing of the Medical Campus

The redevelopment of the East Wing of Vail Health will involve the demolition of the existing medical building and parking structure and the construction of approximately 344,440 square feet of new space.  The reconstruction of the east wing will include healthcare facilities, ambulance district facilities, the heliport building and associated structured parking.




Red Sandstone Elementary School Renovation and New Public Parking Structure

The renovation of Red Sandstone Elementary School includes:

  • A two-story addition to the south area of the building to create a secure vestibule and new cafeteria and serving line on the first floor as well as an updated library on the second floor
  • Asphalt repair and maintenance
  • Removal of the existing exterior finish material and new exterior finishes
  • New code compliant insulation
  • New flooring
  • New windows
  • New wall finishes
  • Technology upgrades; and
  • A rearrangement of the building program and classrooms to allow for larger classrooms to meet the current ECSD standards

A new public parking structure located south of the Red Sandstone Elementary School building with the following features:

  • Four-story, approximately 52,088 square foot structure with 160 parking spaces, of which six (6) spaces are accessible spaces and eight (8) spaces are electric vehicle charging stations. Of the 160 parking spaces, the fourth floor (41 spaces) will be designated for use by Red Sandstone Elementary School.
  • A design that allows for future growth and development via a possible two-story, full footprint, addition over the fourth level of parking.





Solar Vail - New 65-Unit Employee Housing Development

Sonnenalp Properties, Inc., the owner of the Solar Vail building at 501 N. Frontage Road West, proposes to demolish the existing residential building and construct a new building with 65 deed-restricted employee housing units (EHUs), under-building parking, and on-site offices for management of the employee housing units. This 1-acre site is located immediately east of the Red Sandstone Elementary School and the Vail Gymnastics Center. The applicant plans to begin construction of this new residential project in spring 2018, with a goal of occupying the building in time for the start of the 2018-2019 ski season.


A public hearing with the Planning and Environmental Commission (PEC) is currently scheduled for November 13, 2017. Since a portion of the access driveway and walkway will encroach onto Town of Vail property to the east, as well as walkways that are proposed on the west side of the new building, the applicant will also be requesting from the Vail Town Council permission to proceed through the development review process for use of Town owned land.


A similar project was approved by the PEC in 2008, which included 82 EHUs, 80’ maximum building height, and 4,800 square feet of offices. This property was rezoned from High Density Multiple Family (HDMF) to Housing (H) in 2007 in anticipation of this redevelopment.


For more information, please contact Chris Neubecker, Planning Manager at (970) 479-2148 or


Site Map

Solar Vail - Existing

Solar Vail - Proposed



Redevelopment Ski and Snowboard Club Vail (SSCV)

The redevelopment of the SSCB clubhouse will involve the demolition of the existing structure located at 598 Vail Valley Drive and the construction of a new facility that includes the following components:

  • Team rooms (locker rooms 2,500+ sf)
  • Weight room (1,000+ sf)
  • Club room (2,200+ sf)
  • Meeting rooms (1,000+ sf)
  • Tech. services (ski and board tuning)
  • Coaches and administrative work areas (approximately 5,000 sf)
  • Two (2) on-site employee housing units (458 sf studio and 613 sf one bedroom)
  • Adequate circulation and miscellaneous storage
  • 24 Space below grade parking garage
  • Two (2) residential condominiums (9,996 sf in total) located on the upper two floors with private access. Considered the "economic engine" of the development.
  • A snow-melted access drive to improve drop off and pick-up operations




Open Lands Plan Update 2017

The Vail Town Council directed town staff to update the ’94 Plan in the Fall of 2016. Discussion of the potential re-development of the Vail Trail was the catalyst that prompted this update. Notwithstanding why the Town Council initiated this process, an update of the ’94 Plan was needed if for no other reason than twenty-three years have passed since its adoption.

There has been a great deal of change in Vail and Eagle County over the past twenty-three years and many of these changes are directly or indirectly related to specific recommendations of the ’94 Plan. Examples of these include:
• Significant population growth in Vail and Eagle County,
• Increased summer visitation,
• Gore Creek is now listed as Impaired,
• Ever increasing challenges with establishing workforce housing in Vail,
• The development of regionally-oriented recreation facilities in down-valley communities,
• On-going redevelopment in Vail that has increased the density and intensity of use on many properties, and
• A dramatic increase in the level of use and types of use on recreational trails.

Each of these considerations reinforce the need to re-visit the ‘94 Plan and specifically how the Plan addresses trails, open lands, the use of town lands and the need for public facilities.

To view the Open Lands Plan Update in its entirety, select this link.



Purpose of this report is to provide a comprehensive description and evaluation of renovation plans proposed for the Hill Building located at the top of Bridge Street and base of Vail Mountain in Vail Village. Renovation plans will maintain existing retail use on the main level and residential use on upper levels, but will thoroughly transform the building resulting in significant enhancement to the architecture and appearance of the building.

History of Hill Building
The Hill Building has played a long and important role in the history of Vail. Blanche Hill owned the property for approximately 50 years and it was the site of one of Vail Village’s earliest developments. The original building was a relatively small structure designed by Fitz Hugh Scott. The building epitomized the alpine style evident in many of Vail’s original buildings.  Vail
Blanche Hill Ski Shop, at the time Vail’s first Ski Shop, was one of the original tenants of the building. Residential use was added to the building in subsequent years and this home served as Blanche Hill’s personal residence.

Since the 60’s a number of major additions were made to the building and for the past twenty years the building has remained relatively unchanged. Additions were not always kind to the clean, simple alpine architecture of Scott’s original building. Additions were made in a somewhat haphazard manner that resulted in a building lacking in coherency. Building massing, roof lines and forms, and building materials are just some of the elements of the building that are inconsistent with the Town’s design architectural and urban design goals for Vail Village.


Marriott Residence Inn

Mauriello Planning Group, representing The Harp Group, has submit an application requesting the establishment of a new Special Development District, to allow for a Marriott Residence Inn and employee housing development, located at 1783 North Frontage Road West. As currently proposed, the project consists of 170 limited service lodging units and 96 employee housing units. These units are served by 334 parking spaces.

The project is generally a five story building, with the employee housing units on the eastern end of the property and the limited service lodge units on the western portion of the property with a flag of the Marriott Residence Inn.

Marriott Residence Inn Special Development District was approved by the Vail Town Council at its February 21, 2017 regular meeting.

All plans & application materials can be viewed by contacting the Community Development Department at 970-479-2139.

  1. Project Narrative - August 31, 2016
  2. Project Plans - January 31, 2017

Documents Available For Download




Map Downloads

Address Map Book

Address Map Book of the Town of Vail, developed for the Vail Fire Department by the Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Team. Use of this map should be for general purposes only. This address map book includes building labels, labeled bus stops and fire hydrant locations. Where shown, parcel line work is approximate. The Town of Vail does not warrant the accuracy of the information depicted. Please communicate any errors or omissions directly to the Town of Vail GIS Team.

Commercial Core Area and Fee-in-Lieu Parking Map

Commercial Core Areas and Fee In Lieu Parking Map.

Construction Overview Map

Map of construction activity in Vail. Updated April 2010. Please note that a higher resolution map can be acquired by contacting the GIS Department.

Employee Housing Unit Map / EHU Map

Employee Housing Unit (EHU) Map - coded by general requirement category. As of May 1, 2015, there are 701 deed restricted employee housing units within the Town of Vail. This includes a mix of rental and for-sale units, some of which additionally contain a price appreciation cap. These units are dispersed from East Vail to West Vail. For exact requirements, please see the deed restriction recorded for a specific property. Please contact the Town of Vail Community Development Department with questions regarding EHU deed restrictions.

Geologically Sensitive Area - GSA: Avalanche Hazard Map

The Avalanche Hazard map was created based on an Evaluation of the Snow Avalanche Hazard in the Valley of Gore Creek report performed by the Institute of Artic and Alpine Research 1977. A copy of the Evaluation of the Snow Avalanche Hazard in the Valley of Gore Creek , Eagle County, Colorado, report can be obtained by contacting the Town of Vail Community Development Department.

Geologically Sensitive Area - GSA: Debris Flow Hazard Map

The Debris Flow Hazard map was created based on a Debris Flow and Debris Avalanche Hazard Analysis performed by Arthur Mears, P.E. Inc. in 1984. (An additional study was performed for the Highland Meadows neighborhoods of Vail however this information cannot be accessed on-line). A copy of the Debris Flow and Debris Avalanche Hazard Analysis can be obtained by contacting the Town of Vail Community Development Department.

Geologically Sensitive Area - GSA: Rock Fall Hazard Map

The Rock Fall Hazard map was created based on a Rockfall Study performed by Schmueser & Associates in 1984. (An additional study was performed for the Highland Meadows neighborhoods of Vail however this information cannot be accessed on-line). A copy of the Rockfall Study can be obtained by contacting the Town of Vail Community Development Department.

I-70 Milemarkers - Eagle County

Map showing milemarkers along I-70 through Eagle County.

I-70 Milemarkers - Vail

Map showing milemarkers along I-70 through Vail.

Land Use Map

Land Use map.

Open Space Map

Open Space map.

Stream Setback Map

Stream Setback map.

Zoning Map

Zoning map.

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Contact Info

Chris Neubecker
Planning Manager

Jonathan Spence
Senior Planner

Matt Panfil
Planner II

Justin Lightfield
Planner II