VAIL, Colorado - The town of Vail granted Vail Resorts key approvals for the company's $1 billion proposed Ever Vail project Tuesday after nearly five years and more than 80 public meetings.
The approvals pave the way for Vail Resorts Development Co. to realign the south Frontage Road, record the final plat and they also provided key zoning changes.
The Town Council approved the three ordinances with a 6-1 vote, with Councilwoman Kerry Donovan opposing, and the major subdivision resolution with a 5-2 vote, with Donovan and Councilman Kevin Foley opposing.
Mayor Andy Daly said the town and Vail Resorts have done "tremendous research" and said he's happy with the results.
"I think it reflects the best that can be done and we're delighted that we're moving forward with it," Daly said.
Vail Mountain Chief Operating Officer Chris Jarnot, Vail Resorts Development Co. Chief Operating Officer and VP Alex Iskenderian and spokeswoman Kristin Kenney Williams looked delighted Tuesday night, too, after such an exhaustive process finally came to an end.
Iskenderian thanked the town staff and board members for "dedicating the time and energy to forge a plan that allows us to move forward when market conditions improve."
"As we celebrate Vail's 50th anniversary, Ever Vail represents the kind of forward-thinking and vision that is a tradition among Vail's founders and community leaders," he said via a statement released Tuesday night.
The Ever Vail development applications were submitted to the town in October 2008, and in January 2011, the town's planning commission recommended approval for the project's preliminary plan contingent on a subdivider's agreement and the remaining Ever Vail applications being approved by the Town Council.
The town also approved in 2011 an amendment to the Lionshead Redevelopment Master Plan to include Ever Vail.
Daly said via a statement Tuesday night that he's confident the town got it right after years of hard work "and that Ever Vail will someday be a significant economic driver for our community, adding much needed parking, a new hotel and a great new way to get onto Vail Mountain with its third gondola."
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