EverVail still inching through town approval process
May 18, 2011
Even though the Vail Town Council and Vail Resorts have met at least four times in recent months to talk about parking for the company’s proposed $1 billion , it was obvious Tuesday night the parking discussion isn’t going to stop anytime soon.
Vail Resorts Development Company Chief Operating Officer and Senior Vice President Alex Iskenderian was frustrated Tuesday night as council members equivocally discussed the 400 parking spaces that Vail Resorts is proposing solely for public use and whether that number is right.The town’s Transportation Master Plan shows 400 spaces to be built at Ever Vail; it’s not just a number Vail Resorts conjured out of thin air, Iskenderian said.”In order to get to what I think will be a mutually beneficial discussion, I need some certainty,” he said. Town council members seemed equally frustrated as the conversation once again led to little decision-making and more questioning.”The problem is that the master plan is inconsistent,” Councilwoman Margaret Rogers said.The frustration Tuesday centered around the fact that the master plan calls for the 400 parking spaces in one section, and in another section it states that the town’s Planning and Environmental Commission will determine whether the new gondola at Ever Vail will require additional parking.But because that PEC determination won’t be made until the conditional use permit hearing for the gondola – which is way down the road in terms of the overall Ever Vail application process – the conversation couldn’t progress past the 400 number Tuesday.Councilwoman Kerry Donovan said the town staff should “attack this lift uncertainty” and come back to the council with some options at a future meeting, which should also give the applicant some comfort about moving forward, she said.
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