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Eagle launches planning study for River Corridor

A fly fisherman casts out into the Eagle River Tuesday afternoon. The Eagle River corridor will be the focus of a new planning effort launched by the town. A community visioning workshop is planned Tuesday, Sept. 30 to kick off the planning effort.
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The community, as well as the county, where we live take their very names from it and the Eagle River is the defining feature of this valley.

In recognition of the importance of the river to the community, this fall the town of Eagle is launching a planning study for the Eagle River Corridor. The effort will focus on several issues including:

How can we better connect the river and the community?

What are residents’ ideas for the river corridor?

What should the river corridor look like in five years, 10 years or 20 years?

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Can we create new opportunities along the Eagle River corridor?

Connecting the town with the Eagle River emerged as a major planning goal at a planning work session attended by members of the Eagle Planning and Zoning Commission, Eagle Town Board and town staff members in January of this year. The Eagle River Corridor Plan, to be incorporated as a component of the town’s comprehensive plan, will include chapters covering land use, trails, roads, open space, river recreation, parks and conservation.

The primary focus of the effort stretches from the town’s eastern boundary located approximately two miles east of Eby Creek Road to the town’s wastewater facility on the west end of town. Additionally, the Plan will include a chapter prepared in coordination with town of Gypsum officials that presents a riverfront path system linking the two towns and an in-stream recreational amenities program for the Eagle River as it flows through the planning area of both towns.

A steering committee representing property owners along the river, the town of Eagle, Eagle County, Eagle County Historical Society, ECO Transit/Trails, Eagle River Watershed Council, Eagle Chamber of Commerce and stakeholder groups will prepare the plan.

“We are pleased to be working corroboratively with Eagle County, and will coordinate the Eagle River Subarea Plan with plans for the fairgrounds,” said Matt Farrar, assistant town planner for Eagle.

The planning process will begin with a public visioning meeting planned Sept. 30. Several meetings of the steering committee will follow to further refine the vision and goals for the plan. Additional public planning/design session will flesh out planning guidelines for the corridor. Notification of all meetings and any draft reports or plans will be posted on the town’s website under a heading Eagle River Corridor Plan.

If you are interested in participating in this planning effort, please call Matt Farrar at 970-328-9651 or email matt.farrar@townofeagle.org.

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