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Vail to regulate ski storage

Lauren Glendenning
Vail, CO Colorado

VAIL, Colorado – Ski Valet owner Tom Neyens wants the town of Vail to enforce its commercial ski storage rules for all businesses – he feels the big cats have been getting special treatment in terms of town regulations.

The town of Vail adopted an ordinance in 1989 that allowed commercial ski storage only in the basement and garden levels of buildings in certain commercial zoning districts. In 1999, the town adopted the Lionshead mixed use zoning districts, which permitted commercial ski storage only on basement and garden levels in order to allow for retail and restaurant uses on the street level.

Since several hotels and private clubs have opened, however, there have been many commercial ski storage operations happening at the street level, Neyens said.

He said he’s required to be at the basement level, yet Vail Resorts, for example, can have commercial ski storage wherever it wants.

“I’d like to see it clarified so I know where I can do it,” Neyens said.

The Town Council didn’t want to direct staff to change regulations at its Tuesday afternoon work session, but rather clarify the regulations.

Community Development Director George Ruther said town staff would come up with language that would clean up the existing regulations so the town could better enforce them and provide a level playing field for all businesses with commercial ski storage.

“It would appear there are some modifications and cleanup we could do that would make it easier (to regulate) without damaging our commercial core, which is very fragile as it is,” Councilman Andy Daly said.

The town staff plans to come back with the revised language before the start of the 2010-11 ski season.

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