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Vail seeks advisory board volunteers

Daily Staff Writer

The town of Vail is accepting applications from community members who would like to serve on one of four council-appointed boards.

There are openings on the town Planning and Environmental Commission, Design Review Board, Building and Fire Codes Appeals Board and the Art in Public Places Board.

Letters of interest for the vacancies must be submitted to the Vail Town Clerk by 5 p.m. March 10. The Town Council will interview applicants for the board vacancies at its work session on March 16, with final selection announced later in the day during the evening meeting.



For more information on the PEC or DRB, contact George Ruther, community development chief of planning, at 479-2145. For details on the B&FCA, contact Chief Building Official Charlie Davis at 479-2142. For information on AIPP, call Leslie Fickling, AIPP coordinator, at 479-2344.

Here are descriptions of each of the boards and the number of vacancies:



n Planning and Environmental Commission (PEC): There are five vacancies on the PEC. Applicants must be residents and registered voters of the Town of Vail. Appointments will take effect April 1 and run to March 31, 2006. The PEC meets on the second and fourth Mondays of each month at 2 p.m. in the Vail Municipal Building, preceded by project orientation and site visits beginning at noon.

This seven-member volunteer board is responsible for making recommendations to the Town Council on proposed legislation, master planning documents and special development districts. It also is responsible for reviewing and taking final action on variances from the technical requirements of the zoning regulations, conditional use permits and major exterior alterations in the core commercial areas. In appreciation of their services, PEC members receive a summer recreation pass or a blue parking pass, plus a merchant ski pass.

n Design Review Board (DRB): There are three vacancies on the DRB. Applicants must be residents and registered voters of the Town of Vail. Appointments take effect April 1 and run to March 31, 2006. The five-member DRB meets the first and third Wednesdays of each month at 3 p.m. in the Vail Municipal Building, preceded by site visits beginning at noon.



This volunteer board is responsible for reviewing development plans to ensure compliance with town design guidelines and development standards. The board’s review includes architectural character and form; site planning, building materials and details; and landscaping and buffering to ensure compatibility with surrounding uses and the environment.

In appreciation of their services, DRB members receive a summer recreation pass or blue parking pass, plus a merchant ski pass.

n Building and Fire Codes Appeals Board (B&FCA): One vacancy and one alternate position exist on the B&FCA. Applicants must be residents and registered voters of the town and be either a licensed architect, a registered engineer with building-related engineering experience, a construction company executive or superintendent with at least 10 years of construction experience or an individual with similar building design and construction knowledge and experience. Appointments will take effect April 1 with the regular appointment running to March 31, 2006, and the alternate running to March 31, 2005. The five-member appeals board (plus two alternates) meets as required to review disputes over the equivalency of alternate building materials and methods of construction, and building and fire code amendments and updates. The board also serves as technical advisers to the Town Council in adoption of proposed amendments. Although the position is voluntary, the town provides each member with a summer recreation pass or a blue parking pass in appreciation of the community contribution.

n Art in Public Places Board (AIPP): There are three vacancies on the AIPP board. To qualify, applicants must be a resident of the town or own property or a business within the town for at least one year. Appointments will take effect April 1 and run to March 31, 2007. The AIPP board meets on the second Thursday of each month from 8:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Public Works Administration Building. The board is made up of members who have demonstrated expertise in architecture, art criticism, art education, art history, fine arts, graphic arts, interior design, landscape architecture, town planning/community development or other art/design related backgrounds not specifically mentioned, or who have demonstrated a strong interest in the visual arts and/or civic improvement.

The volunteer board oversees the town’s Art in Public Places program and is responsible for ongoing maintenance of existing public art pieces; assisting developers and encouraging them to integrate public art within developments; and coordinating artist selections when public art is incorporated into the town. Although the position is voluntary, the town provides each member with a summer recreation pass or a blue parking pass in appreciation of the community contribution.

For more information on the PEC or DRB, contact George Ruther, community development chief of planning, at 479-2145. For details on the B&FCA, contact Chief Building Official Charlie Davis at 479-2142. For information on AIPP, call Leslie Fickling, AIPP coordinator, at 479-2344.


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