Vail looks at Forest Service land for housing, other needs
Board: Vail Town Council, Tuesday afternoon and evening meetings.
Present: Kevin Foley, Greg Moffet, Jenn Bruno, Kim Langmaid, Jen Mason, Dick Cleveland, Mayor Dave Chapin.
Issue: Evaluation of National Forest Service parcels adjacent to town boundaries.
Who they talked to: Vail Community Development Department Director, Tom Glass of Western Land Group.
What they talked about: The Vail Town Council earlier this year appropriated $10,000 for Western Land Group to evaluate Forest Service parcels adjacent to the town’s boundaries, with an eye toward finding property appropriate for workforce housing or other municipal purposes.
Glass’s investigation found 11 such parcels. But, Glass said, not all are appropriate for exchange, for reasons including unbuildable terrain and being part of federal roadless areas.
Glass recommended that the council narrow its search to three parcels or so, then go on site visits.
If the town decides to pursue exchanges for those parcels, it will have to find, then buy, parcels of equivalent value that the Forest Service wants.
What’s next? Site visits.
Issue: Final approval of the town’s 2017 budget.
How they voted: 7-0 to approve.
What they passed: The 2017 budget includes spending for some new positions on the town staff, as well as a pool for merit-based pay raises. The budget also includes $3.6 million for the first year of the town’s new housing plan.
Total general fund spending is expected to be about $37.3 million.
What’s next? Another year in Vail.
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