What is a comprehensive plan?
The comprehensive plan (previously called the “master plan”) is the document that shapes the Eagle County land use regulations and land use decisions for the next 20 years. The plan includes statements of policy, and specific suggestions about how to accomplish those policies. It also includes detailed maps. Conforming to the comprehensive plan is a key element when the county commissioners are making a land use decision.The comprehensive plan is a guiding document only. It is not a regulation. The county land use regulations and rules are separate.Who is affected by the plan?Just about everybody. Developers need to review the plan so they can design a project that fits within the guidelines. County commissioners and town boards can use such plans when planning construction and infrastructure. Property owners can look at the plan to get an indication about what they can do with their property. Citizens can use the plan to determine what type of growth they can reasonably expect to see in their neighborhoods in the future.Who approves the comprehensive plan? The Eagle County Planing Commission. Comprehensive plans are the one area in which the planning commission, typically an advisory board, casts the deciding vote, rather than simply making recommendations.Where can I see the plan? A preliminary version of the plan can be reviewed on line at the Eagle County Web site, http://www.eaglecounty.us, or by contacting Rebecca Leonard in Eagle County’s Community Development department at 328-8749.The Eagle County Planning Commission will begin taking comment on the plan at their meeting at 3 p.m., Feb. 16, at the Eagle County Building in Eagle. The Roaring Fork Planning Commission will start review of the plan on Feb. 17. Public hearings are expected to extend over a three-month period.Vail, Colorado