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Citizens to set Eagle’s future

Vail Daily Editorial
Vail CO, Colorado

The battle lines are assembling in Eagle even as the developer of 100 acres of pasture just east of Chambers Avenue runs the project through the town’s planning commission.

The commission takes up Eagle River Station at 7 p.m. Tuesday. The proposal includes a couple of biggish box stores ” “junior anchors,” in the lexicon of the moment ” as well as plenty of smaller ones and up to 600 or so units of what might pass for “affordable” private housing up here. There are boxes worth of details, which we won’t go into in this space.

The citizenry ” as evidenced by letters to the editor, attendance at public sessions, street-side conversation and the formation of two opposing advocacy groups ” so far shows a ton of interest in the town’s future.

Regardless of the outcome, this is heartening if you believe in democracy. The Citizens for the Future of Eagle have actively and loudly opposed the development plans for some time now. Eye on Eagle is brand new, announcing their presence and intent to support Eagle River Station, along with other issues they believe will improve the town’s economic and cultural progress.

Should be interesting. There’s nothing like an attentive watchdog group to drive the level of attention on what’s normally a pretty dry process through the creaky governmental machine. With two, this could become quite the tilt.

It’s also evidence of Eagle facing its crossroads to the future. Economic viability and shopping opportunities vie with the notion that the community is quite large enough, thank you, and does not need to become more suburban.

However the Town Board of Trustees eventually goes, look for this one to land on a ballot. That would be the best test of the residents’ will. Let’s hope more than 10 percent hoist themselves to the polls.

” Don Rogers for the Editorial Board

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