Community workshop June 15 to update Town of Vail Open Lands Plan |

Community workshop June 15 to update Town of Vail Open Lands Plan

Daily staff report

VAIL — A community workshop to assist in the update of the Town of Vail Comprehensive Open Lands Plan will take place from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, June 15, in the Grand View on the third level of the Lionshead Welcome Center. This workshop is the fourth in a series of community discussions that are being used to evaluate the current plan and help identify updates.

Workshop participants are encouraged to RSVP in advance, if possible, by emailing Kristen Bertuglia, environmental sustainability manager, at Parking is free in the Lionshead structure and refreshments will be served during the meeting.

The Town of Vail Comprehensive Open Lands Plan was adopted in 1994 and has provided the town with a framework of recommended actions that has established a comprehensive system of public benefits, including parks, recreation, protection of sensitive habitats, trails and land to be reserved for public uses, including public buildings and employee housing. More than 30 of the 52 parcels identified in the plan have either been acquired, are close to being acquired or have met the objective of the plan without acquisition.

In September, the Town Council authorized a four-step process to update the plan and directed staff to work with the community in determining which parts of the original plan have been completed, which parts are still relevant and to identify new needs based on current issues such as protection of Gore Creek water quality, recreational opportunities, including trails, as well as the potential for acquisition of sites for housing.

During this fourth workshop on June 15, participants will be asked to provide feedback on three discussion themes:

• How can town of Vail-owned lands be used to further the goals of the Open Lands Plan?

• How could actions identified in the 1994 Open Lands Plan be updated to include lands for acquisition that could further the plan’s goals?

• What is the community’s vision for recreation trails within the town and what is the process for potential development of new trails and new trail ideas?

The format for the June 15 meeting will include a presentation on each of the three themes, followed by community discussion and conversation. The goal of the workshop is to provide a forum for continued community input that will be used to assist the staff in preparing the draft plan for public review later this year. The staff has also called upon a variety of agencies, such as Colorado Parks and Wildlife and U.S. Forest Service, to provide technical expertise, as needed.

Following preparation of the draft plan, a work session will be scheduled with the Planning and Environmental Commission to collect additional feedback. From there, the draft plan will be distributed for a 30-day public review period. This will be followed by a formal review by the Planning and Environmental Commission and the Town Council. It is anticipated that adoption of the plan will occur during the fall following this next series of public meetings.

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