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Vail Daily’s View: Time to get Eagle-Forest Service land swap done

Vail Daily Editorial Board
Vail, CO, Colorado

We could know by summer if one of Eagle County’s longest-running government adventures will actually end.

Town of Eagle, Eagle County and U.S. Forest Service officials have been talking for years about some sort of deal that would free up the federal land in town ” currently about 8 acres of pasture and storage ” for municipal uses.

When the Terrace subdivision was first built in the early and mid-1990s, town officials coveted the pasture as a roadway to get then-new residents off of Capital Street and more easily out to U.S. Highway 6.

The problem has been where to move the pasture, storage and other things the Forest Service needs ” and keeping them close to town.

With Eagle County involved the past few years, the possibility increased of getting the Forest Service some property it can use close to town.

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Now, if county officials can make the crucial decision of whether to trade land at the fairgrounds for the property in west Eagle and across the street from the county administration building, Eagle could get some badly needed employee housing. How much density the town and county want will surely be a point of contention, and it can go in the middle of town ” right where land planners say it should.

The Forest Service could get a place to finally upgrade its aging facilities and, not coincidentally, have some housing for its own employees.

Finally ” although it hasn’t come up much lately ” if the plan is done right, residents of the Terrace and up Brush Creek might have another way to get out to U.S. Highway 6, and people who live along Capital Street might be able to have a little less traffic rolling past their homes.

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