Vail Daily letter: There’s a better way than this
September 24, 2012
As taxpaying citizens in the Vail Valley, we urge the Avon Town Council to vote “no” to irresponsible development. They should deny the ordinance authorizing changes to Traer Creek’s planned unit development for the Village at Avon; the Consolidated, Amended and Restated Annexation and Development Agreement; and related Traer Creek, Village at Avon and Traer Creek Metro District documents that include items not in the Settlement Term Sheet.
Accepting Traer Creek’s changes and additions not contemplated in the Settlement Term Sheet could have long-term negative consequences for the town of Avon, its citizens, and the surrounding communities in the Vail Valley that are far worse than litigation would be.
Traer Creek’s final application should be denied by the Avon Town Council because:
— The Avon Planning and Zoning Commission recommended denial of the development plan.
— The application does not stick to the Settlement Term Sheet.
— The application does not adhere to the town of Avon’s development code.
— The application does not benefit the town of Avon and surrounding communities.
— The application exempts The Village at Avon and Traer Creek Metro District from many current and future town of Avon regulations, codes and ordinances.
Since we do want to see responsible development take place in Avon and the Vail Valley, we suggest that Traer Creek honor its commitments to the original Settlement Term Sheet and remove all added items in their Village at Avon development application and related documents that are not part of the original Settlement Term Sheet.
Traer Creek should begin their Village at Avon development slowly with a phased approach. They could start by identifying a specific planning area or building, such as Planning Area A or a hotel, that they want to develop, and prepare a mature, detailed and specific application to amend the development plan for that planning area or building.
It is easier for our community and government to get our hands around a smaller completely vetted project than it is for us to get our arms around all of the details in, and additions to, Traer Creek’s current 1800-acre development proposal.
Avon, and 128 residents of Avon, Eagle-Vail, Beaver Creek and Edwards