Vail Daily column: Progress made on big issues
The following is an excerpt from a report by the Vail Homeowners Association board of directors. The association keeps a close eye on economic and political trends in and outside of the Vail community. The electronic version with links to supporting documents is available at http://www.vailhomeowners.com.
There is good reason to believe that Vail is now moving in the right direction. Recent action to address the parking and affordable housing issues, together with community discussion of Vail’s “sustainability”, are exciting developments, but concerns still loom for Vail’s future. In recent years, Vail has steadily slipped in consumer ratings, notwithstanding major mass marketing efforts and a growing list of special events. While tourism has increased so has congestion; there is a growing concern about “safety” issues both in the town and on the mountain, and businesses are stressed by a shortage of available workers as affordable housing has failed to keep pace. A number of Vail’s key competitors have moved ahead as Vail has trended downward to a middle-of-the-pack position.
Solving Vail’s parking crisis and ensuring an adequate work force through affordable housing would be major steps in the right direction as it would also be placing Vail on a sustainable tourism “footing.” And nothing could be more important than improving safety for both visitors and residents. Two of those issues, parking resources and affordable housing, have suddenly come to the forefront and raise immediate questions that need to be understood and resolved if we are to reach satisfactory results. The answers to those questions will go a long way toward determining the success of any proposed solutions. Other sustainable tourism issues are emerging to be address, while some are still mostly being ignored.
The Vail Homeowners Association board is Gail Ellis, president; Judith Berkowitz, secretary; Rob Ford, treasurer; and directors Jamie Duke, John Gorsuch, John Lohre, Andres Nevares, Trygve Myhren, Larry Stewart and Doug Tansill.
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