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Avon planners focus on energy efficiency

Lauren Glendenning
Avon, CO Colorado

AVON, Colorado “A Vail Resorts townhouse development may be held to strict green building standards by the town of Avon, Colorado.

Avon’s Planning and Zoning Commission endorsed the project on the northeast corner of Avon Road and Highway Tuesday after asking the Vail Resorts Development Company for details about energy efficiency, density and its plans to provide some deed restricted housing as part of the project.

The commission, which first heard the proposal in mid-December, says it wants to keep energy efficiency fresh in the minds of all developers looking to build in the town, no matter the size of the project.

The commission said when Vail Resorts submits its latter phases of the project for approval it must show how it will conserve energy, water and building materials. In its application, Vail Resorts Development Company said it would work to ensure the health of the Eagle River, which runs along the property.

“I’m all for paying homage to the river ecology and not turning your back on it; that’s admirable,” said planning commissioner Chris Green. “But there’s not a whole lot in here telling me how much you’re going to cut energy consumption.”

Avon’s growth policies don’t really have defined energy conservation guidelines and the commission wants the town to consider establishing a policy.

LEED certifications, which are national green building standards, inundate builders with paperwork they typically don’t want to bother with, making the certification process more difficult, said planning commissioner Andrew Lane.

Commissioners, whose role is to advise the Town Council on development, said the town should have strict green-building program that easier for builders to participate in.

Lauren Glendenning can be reached at 970-748-2983 or lglendenning@vaildaily.com

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