Greg Moffet, board veteran, seeks another crack at Vail Town Council
Greg Moffet is one of 10 candidates — including three incumbents — running for Vail Town Council. The polling-place election is Nov. 7. The other candidates are:
• Dave Chapin
• Travis Coggin
• Mark Gordon
• Rodney Johnson
• Edward Padilla
• Brian Rodine
• Taylor Strickland
Editor’s note: There are 10 candidates this year for four seats on the Vail Town Council. For the next nine weekdays, the Vail Daily is publishing a profile of each candidate. Profiles are being published in no particular order.
VAIL — Greg Moffet keeps volunteering for community service. He’d like Vail voters to send him back to the Vail Town Council for another two years.
This is Moffet’s second time through the council. His first stint came between 1999 and 2007, the heart of what was known at the time as the town’s “Billion Dollar Renewal.” That’s when plans for Solaris, One Willow Bridge Road and other developments came through the council for approval.
Before that first stint, Moffet served on the Vail Planning and Environmental Commission, spending four years as chairman of that board.
After serving his maximum of eight consecutive years on council, Moffet was appointed to the Eagle County Planning Commission, a position he still holds. For the past couple of years, he’s been a commissioner on the five-member Colorado State Land Board. That board manages 2.8 million acres of public land — parcels that were granted by the federal government in 1876 to the newly created state of Colorado — for the benefit of public education.
He does all this while running a business, Tiga Advertising, a firm that puts advertising on buses.
Asked how he balances his business along with his public-service commitments, Moffet half-jokingly said he doesn’t sleep much. He also said he rarely watches TV.
Among those who are interested in public service, Moffet said different people have “varying degrees of interest in different problems. Certain people are more engaged in different issues.”
Community is a constant
Moffet quickly defined his own top issue: community. That’s led to Moffet’s near-constant advocacy of housing.
“There are very few tools to solve this issue,” Moffet said. “Housing is one big, obvious hammer.”
But housing, as with other issues, keeps Moffet’s interest “because you’re solving real problems for real people,” he said. “You’re making lives better. That’s a pretty cool thing.”
One of the community-building efforts Moffet points to is the creation of Donovan Park.
That property was for years a construction storage area and snow-storage area. Now, it’s a popular amenity for locals and visitors.
“That made people’s lives better. It kept our town a town,” he said.
In Moffet’s view, there’s been a good bit of progress made on the community-maintenance front.
“There was a scenario that could have played out back then that could have had Vail turning into Beaver Creek,” he said. That resort is great, he quickly added, but it isn’t a community.
From languid to bustling
Moffet said while he’s served on council, the town has seen more full-time residents come in. The non-ski season economy is also different today than it was in 1999.
“Labor Day was languid,” he said of the town back then. “The Rotary Club didn’t have the (annual) duck race that weekend.”
The projects in town the first several years of this century “fundamentally changed the nature of the town,” he said.
With that kind of attention paid to the resort side of Vail’s community-resort balance, Moffet said it’s time for the community part of the equation to see more attention.
“I’m pro-economy,” Moffet said. “We wouldn’t get to be a town if not for the resort. We need to strike a balance.”
Earlier this year, Moffet acknowledged in an interview that he hadn’t decided whether or not to run for another two years on the council — if re-elected, then he’ll max out his eight years on this stretch in 2019.
Asked what drove his decision to seek another term, Moffet said there are plans he’d like to see finished, or at least well-begun.
“There’s the West Vail master plan and the west half of Timber Ridge,” he said. “I’d like to see us start sooner than later.”
In the realm of local government, master plans — recommendations for future growth — are complicated, time-consuming things. Moffet has played a role in plans at both the town and county levels — at least 12, by his reckoning — from Dotsero to Vail.
Those plans, Moffet said, all have to happen in a broader context of both the town and the valley. West Vail and Timber Ridge need to be planned with a focus on enhancing community in town, Moffet said.
“If we get a working plan or project underway on the west side of Timber Ridge, that will really be something,” Moffet said. “That’s the last sizable piece of real estate in town that’s obviously for housing.”
Vail Daily Business Editor Scott Miller can be reached at 970-748-2930, firstname.lastname@example.org and @scottnmiller.