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Avon appoints new planning commission members

William Glaner

THE AVON PLANNING AND ZONING COMMISSION

Meets on the first and third Tuesdays of each month at 5 p.m. at Avon Town Hall.

AVON — The Town Council appointed two new people to the planning and zoning commission Tuesday, and refreshed the terms of two existing members.

The town describes the seven-member commission as a design review board, which helps shape policy and land use decisions and ensures architectural and landscape designs conform to the standards identified in the town’s development code.

Commissioners Jared Barnes and Lindsay Hardy were reappointed to two-year terms, and newcomers William Glaner and Steven Nusbaum will fill vacancies created by the departure of commissioners Jim Clancy and Tab Bonidy.

Glaner is currently a construction manager with Maximum Comfort Pool and Spa.

“I like the town. I just like the fact that it’s the gateway to Beaver Creek,” Glaner told the council during his interview for the position on Tuesday. “I think everything we can do to maintain that view, and not let somebody put a big building up in front to block that view, for one, that’s the draw.”

Nusbaum is a metropolitan district supervisor at Vail Resorts, where he has worked for 28 years.

“I’ve lived from one end of the valley to the other,” Glaner told the council during his interview for the position Tuesday. “I’ve seen the growth, and seen the problems that can come with that, and I’m just really interested in all the communities (in Eagle County) and how they tie together, how they work together.”

‘REALLY BIG DEAL’

Avon Mayor Jennie Fancher described the appointments as “a really big deal.”

“We rely heavily on our planning and zoning commission,” she said. “We appreciate all the hard work.”

Avon Planning and Zoning Commission members receive $75 per meeting and an Avon Recreation Center pass for their service.

Barnes said during his time on the planning commission, he thinks the council has done a good job in appointing a cross section of the community.

“I think we’ve had a great group of people on the planning commission,” he said. “We’ve had a good mix of lay people and industry professionals in a variety of different industries — engineers, planners, architects — and I think it’s been a real nice balance.”

Hardy said she’s enjoyed watching the town improve walkability during her four years on the planning commission.

“I think this town is getting significantly better at (walkability), compared to where we were,” she said. “I think we’re getting there.”

Big plans to come

Avon officials say the planning and zoning commission can expect to receive several development review applications and updates to the Avon Comprehensive Plan throughout the next couple of years.

The town is currently planning the future of town-owned properties on the east side of Nottingham Park, with plans to expand the Avon recreation center and connect to the $1.9 million Main Street Mall, which was constructed in 2014.

Concepts for the town-owned Wildridge fire station are also being planned, with options including a community center, first responder housing and more, as the Eagle River Fire Protection District begins moving into a new facility on Buck Creek Road.

“I think a lot of the work on the horizon isn’t going to be in the next six months, it’s going to be over the course of the next couple of years,” Barnes said.


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