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Vail could OK cheaper housing

Melanie Wong
mwong@vaildaily.com
Vail, CO Colorado

VAIL, Colorado ” The agenda for today’s Vail Town Council meeting includes giving the final thumbs up for Chamonix affordable housing and passing environmental guidelines for the town.

The council will discuss the Chamonix master plan, which includes about 58 for-sale, deed-restricted homes in West Vail, as well as a West Vail fire station at the site of the old Wendy’s.

The town council gave its “blessing” to the project this summer, but approval of the master plan will really get the project going, said Vail Housing Director Nina Timm.



Planners are still trying to determine how much the homes will cost. The plan is to make the homes affordable for families earning 60 percent to 120 percent of the area median income ” up to $87,000 for a family of three.

But where exactly the prices will fall depends on construction costs and how much the market demands, Timm said.



“We did not want to come up with a master plan that no one could build because no one could afford to buy it,” she said.

If the council approves the plan today, the next steps will be to determine prices, possibly with the help of a consultant, and finding funding for the project.

“(Breaking ground on this project) may not be as imminent as we hoped,” Timm said. “With the way things are right now, it behooves us to be very prudent.”



The council will also consider approving Vail’s environmental sustainability guidelines, an eco-friendly game plan that will help the town produce less waste, become more energy efficient and better protect of the natural environment.

The town had a similar plan in the 1990s, but this plan renews and updates the effort, said Kristen Bertuglia, the town’s environmental sustainability coordinator.

The plan sets goals such as a “pay as you throw” trash system, which charges residents according to how much waste they need hauled, and adopting a green building code for all new development in the town.

“With any of these resort towns in the mountains, there’s always room for improvement,” Bertuglia said. “But I think Vail’s in the right spot at the right time. Many people are on board and have been working on this plan.”

The Vail Town Council will meet at 6 p.m. today in at the Vail Municipal Building. See the full agenda at http://www.vailgov.com under “council agendas.”

Staff Writer Melanie Wong can be reached at 970-748-2928 or mwong@vaildaily.com.


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