Government Tracker: Council charts future path
Board: Vail Town Council.
Meetings: Tuesday council retreat, work session, evening meeting.
Present: Kevin Foley, Greg Moffet, Jenn Bruno, Kim Langmaid, Jen Mason, Dick Cleveland, Mayor Dave Chapin.
What they talked about: At a morning council retreat at the Grand View room in the Lionshead parking structure, council members talked about priorities set by the previous council, how the current council wants to approach those priorities and what changes new council members might want to make.
Langmaid, founder of the Walking Mountains Science Center, asked to put environmental issues more toward the top of the council’s to-do list.
Moffet urged more action on housing.
The council also talked by phone with Nate Fristoe, director of operations at RRC Associates, a Boulder-based consulting firm, about the town’s continuing efforts to attract younger guests.
Fristoe told the council that Vail essentially owns the older demographics. Younger travelers, though, tend to gravitate toward other resorts.
Among other topics, Fristoe also talked about aiming at multi-generational guests, families traveling with adult children and, sometimes, grandparents.
What’s next? Work on proposals for the council.
Topic: Amending the Lionshead Redevelopment Master Plan.
How they voted: 4-3 to delay a vote until Jan. 5.
What is this? The Evergreen Lodge has asked town officials to amend a plan governing development in the Lionshead Village area to accommodate a not-yet-proposed idea to replace the Evergreen Lodge with a combination of smaller hotel rooms and 85 or more condos. The Vail Planning and Environmental Commission recently unanimously approved the proposed amendment.
Responding to a request by the Vail International Homeowners Association for more time to evaluate the amendment, the council agreed to delay a vote until Jan. 5.
Topic: Chamonix housing update.
Who they talked to: Vail Community Development Department Director George Ruther.
What they talked about: Ruther talked about the various options the town has as it works to build for-sale affordable housing on a town-owned site roughly behind the West Vail fire station. Those options range from the town acting as the developer to selling the property to a development company.
What’s next? The Town Council is expected to award an contract for infrastructure work at the site at its Jan. 19 meeting. Deciding on just how to build housing will probably be delayed for another several weeks.