Tracker: Board of Commissioners 10/15, 10/23/07 |

Tracker: Board of Commissioners 10/15, 10/23/07

Melanie Wong
Vail, CO Colorado

Who they talked to: Senior County Planner Cliff Simonton summarized a county-wide survey on Wolcott’s future for the county and planning commissioners. While the survey numbers showed residents were split between wanting a medium density plan and a more rural layout, additional comments showed residents were leaning toward a medium density plan.

What was discussed: How dense should the area be? The county would need to build at least 1,200 to 1,400 homes there for it to be “economically and environmentally reasonable.” That’s more than the medium density plan residents called for in the survey.

Also discussed was whether the area should remain unincorporated or eventually govern itself. Some officials thought Wolcott would never be big enough to incorporate, but others worried that keeping the area county-run might create problems like those in Edwards, where residents have limited say in the direction the town will take.

What’s next? County planners will create a preliminary plan for Wolcott to present to the Planning Commission. They hope to have a plan adopted by early 2008.

What was discussed: The progress of the affordable housing action team, a group made up of county and town officials, developers and business representatives from across the county. Don Cohen, executive director of the Eagle County Economic Council, presented numbers that showed Eagle County is very behind in building the necessary affordable homes, especially compared to the neighboring Pitkin County.

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That is why a cross-county effort is needed to get homes built, Cohen said.

What’s next: One of the action team’s first goals will be to make a database of all the affordable homes in the county and all the guidelines and requirements of each town. Right now there is no one place to find all that information.

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