Eagle-Vail reinvention begins
Vail, CO Colorado
EAGLE-VAIL, Colorado ” Soon after a land-use housing study outlined plans for a stronger governing board and new community center for Eagle-Vail, the neighborhood’s leaders are joining forces and looking to experts to get the process started.
The neighborhood’s metro district and property owner’s association, up to now two separate boards, are looking to merge. Both boards are working for the same purposes and want to eliminate confusion among residents about which board to go to with different problems and concerns, board members said.
The boards are looking at different legal ways to make the change. The merge would not require a public vote, but the Eagle County Board of Commissioners would have to give approval and all homeowners would have to be notified.
Metro District board member Tom Allender suggested having a seven-member metro board, with two members dedicated to representing property owners.
The boards will meet about combining forces in early August.
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Eagle-Vail also wants to hire a “community manager” to help get the planning started, oversee improvement work and work with residents. The position would be similar to a town manager, said resident Neil Mulholland of the Eagle-Vail Development Committee.
The committee is a group of residents working to organize and spearhead the neighborhood’s development.
The boards said they are working on creating the job description for the manager and may look to other neighborhoods like Cordillera or Singletree that have similar descriptions.
Both moves were recommendations from a panel of experts from the Urban Land Institute, a nonprofit that studies land use and housing. They studied Eagle-Vail for a week in June.
The panel suggested building a community center around the current Eagle-Vail Pavilion, marketing the golf course for resort tourists, and improving and expanding the neighborhood’s recreation facilities.
The current Battle Mountain High School campus can be turned into a K-8 school, and there is room for about 500 more homes, both free market and affordable, the panel said.
Neighborhood leaders said they want to keep the momentum going from the study. In the next few months they will be talking to the community about what they want to see from the study, researching options and talking to experts, including a possible publicist.
“All the ideas from the study need to be vetted and researched,” Mulholland said. “The ultimate goal is to make a master development plan.”
Staff Writer Melanie Wong can be reached at 970-748-2928 or firstname.lastname@example.org.