Avon seeks input on the land exchange | VailDaily.com

Avon seeks input on the land exchange

Daily staff report
Vail, CO Colorado

AVON, Colorado – Avon’s Town Council will be accepting public comment at the next Town Council meeting on Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. on Avon’s recommendations concerning the Town’s participation in the U.S. Forest Service multi-party land exchange.

After receiving comments and discussion, a resolution will be considered by the council in support of the effort at the following meeting, May 24.

The Eagle Valley Land Exchange project began in 2007 as a joint community planning effort by the Eagle County Board of County Commissioners and the Avon Town Council with the help of the Eagle Valley Land Trust. Since then, the proposal has grown to include six public entities potentially transferring over 2,200 acres of land in Eagle County. Parties to this proposed land exchange include the town of Avon, the Colorado State Land Board, Eagle County, Eagle River Water and Sanitation District, the Town of Minturn, and the U.S. Forest Service.

The town of Avon is participating in the exchange to acquire parcels adjacent to the town boundaries in order to protect valued open space.- Avon will receive two parcels of land totaling 563 acres. The first parcel known as Beaver Creek Point sits between the Wildridge neighborhood and the Singletree neighborhood in Edwards. The second parcel is located to the east of Avon on the north side of Interstate 70 near Dowd Junction. The parcels will permanently create buffers between Singletree and Wildridge and any future development on the northeast side of Town.

With certain exceptions, each parcel will be encumbered with a conservation easement that will permanently and perpetually preserve the lands as open space. The purpose of this public hearing is to consider the types of uses that the town would consider suitable exceptions to the Forest Service conservation easement, including trails, community facilities, road alignments and affordable housing.

Comments or questions on land use for the Avon parcels can be directed to Sally Vecchio at 970-748-4009 or svecchio@avon.org.-For more information on the proposed land exchange, please visit the Town’s website at http://www.avon.org.–