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Eagle County land exchange nearly a done deal

Present: Buz Reynolds, Chris Evans, Kristi Ferarro, Rich Carroll, Amy Phillips, Todd Goulding.

Who they talked to: Eagle County open space coordinator Toby Sprunk.

What they talked about: Sprunk talked to the council about some of the changes to the county’s open space program since he took over about a year ago – particularly cutting the advisory committee from 14 members to seven, and the department’s relatively new emphasis on recreation over preservation in open space purchases.

The big news, though, was about the proposed Eagle Valley Land Exchange, a complex deal that includes the U.S. Forest Service, Colorado Board of Land Commissioners, Eagle County and the town of Avon. Sprunk told the council that as of May 7, it looks like a final deal is in place for “one of the most complicated deals I’ve ever seen on a map.”

While a state parcel south of Edwards is apparently out of the deal, Sprunk said it looks like portions of the deal that would add open space in west Avon and near the Village at Avon are intact.

What’s next? Sprunk said he expects the deal to be finalized in September or October of this year. But if the deal is delayed past Nov. 10, U.S. Forest Service regulations will require new appraisals on all the parcels.