Eagle-Vail’s ‘springboard’ | VailDaily.com

Eagle-Vail’s ‘springboard’

Melanie Wong
Vail, CO Colorado

EAGLE-VAIL, Colorado ” Now that land-use and housing experts from the nonprofit Urban Land Institute have made their recommendations for the future of the neighborhood, the neighborhood is left to decide what to do next.

“These are only suggestions. Now we have to come to some conclusions,” said metro district board president John Nichols.

The metro district and property owners association will meet next week to discuss the panel’s findings.

“The purpose will be to lay out an action plan of how to review the findings,” said metro district spokeswoman Kristin Kenney Williams.

The boards will also be discussing ways to get community feedback on the study. The collaboration of the boards was actually a suggestion from the panel ” it recommended combining the boards into one Eagle-Vail board to accomplish the neighborhood’s goals.

The panel also encouraged Eagle-Vail to foster a sense of community, something property owners association board president Jeff Layman said was encouraging.

“They came away feeling like Eagle-Vail should stay a residential community, not a resort community. They heard that loud and clear,” he said.

The panel’s suggestions included marketing the golf course to resort guests and investing money in the neighborhood’s rec facilities.

The findings reinforced some of what the board had already discussed, Nichols said, such as building a community center with a few shops and neighborhood amenities around the Pavilion and pond, Nichols said.

The study was paid for by the metro district, property owners association and the Eagle County School District. The full study will be released in a couple months.

While none of the study’s suggestions will happen for a few years, the boards and the school district hope to use the findings to create a master plan for the neighborhood, Nichols said.

“Now we’ve got a nice little springboard to plan for the future,” he said.

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