Clock ticks on Vail parking plans
Daily staff report
Vail, CO Colorado
VAIL, Colorado – The town of Vail has yet to come up with a long-term parking plan that would add 1,000 new parking spaces in town within the next five years, and time is running out.
Vail Town Councilman Andy Daly said Tuesday that he’s sick of short-term fixes and wants a big-picture plan that would get the town the parking spaces it needs.
The Town Council talked parking once again Tuesday as Vail prepares for a September meeting with the Colorado Department of Transportation in which the town has to present its long-term parking plan. The town also needs to decide whether it wants to take over parts of the Frontage Roads from the Colorado Department of Transportation.
“We can’t continue to deal with short-term solutions,” Daly said. “We’ve got to begin to move toward making decisions.”
Town Council members want to meet with Vail Resorts to figure out if they can partner on some parking solutions. The ski company’s proposed Ever Vail development would add at least 400 public parking spaces, but it would be at least five years before that gets built.
Town Manager Stan Zemler said it has been a struggle to figure out how to approach Vail Resorts about a partnership, but got direction from the Town Council Tuesday to put a plan together.
Town staff plans to meet with the regional director of the Colorado Department of Transportation on Aug. 4 and should have an early plan drafted by then.
Current parking proposals include building surface parking at Ford Park, remodeling either or both of the two main parking structures and creating permanent parking along the Frontage Roads.