FALL 2006 NEWSLETTER
I-70 Noise - Eliminating I-70,
It Could Happen.
The Homeowners Association is working to find solutions to reduce traffic,
noise, and pollution in the Vail Valley from I-70, and also encouraging
smarter ways of traveling through the valley by mass-transit, among other
long-range concepts. Solutions being considered involve rerouting I-70
under Vail Mountain through a bypass tunnel, or burying portions of the
existing highway through a “cut & cover” tunnel. The Vail Town Council is
being urged to include these solutions in its long-range plans and to
actively pursue them with State and Federal Transportation authorities. The
Association supports short-term solutions such as resurfacing with “quiet
pavement”, and long-term improvements to the Eagle County Airport with a
connection to Vail using advanced mass transit. The Town Council has
released its 2005 consultant study of the tunneling proposals, which is
expected to generate a lively community debate.
See VVHA Vail Grand Vision/170 Status Reports
Vail Daily news article.
Vail 20/20 Community
The Town of Vail hosted a number of meetings to boost community confidence
in its future. The purpose of this “community visioning process” is to
present options on issues facing the community, such as Pine Beetle kill,
I-70 Noise, and Affordable/Resident Housing. Some three hundred people
attended the meetings. The consensus called for more aggressive action by
the Town on the major issues. An action plan to carry out the community
consensus is being prepared for public comment by the Town staff. The
opinion of non-resident property owners is desired by public officials…so
See TOV website for details.
Town considers Lionshead
Parking Structure redevelopment with two Developers:
The Town of Vail is moving forward with its consideration of redeveloping
the Town owned Lionshead Parking Structure. A financial appraisal of the
site is the next step and the Town is considering design-concept proposals
from each of the two chosen development companies competing for the project.
Both concepts offer public amenities, public and private parking, affordable
and resident housing, retail commercial, hotel, and convention center.
Jointly the proposals include possible public amenities for the performing
arts, offices for selected community non-profits, a large spa facility, and
transportation center. The Town Council is evaluating the proposal in
measured steps. There are no hard and fast positions being taken by either
the Council or the Association at this time.
See VVHA Status Report and
Vail Daily news article.
Space Litigation to Court of Appeals:
The Tap Room Bar and Grill is
at the center of a dispute with neighborhood property owners by encroaching
into covenant protected open space with a Town approved expansion of a
private dining deck. This proposal violates private covenants that protect
open space for public use. Affected property owners have brought the matter
to the Colorado Court of Appeals seeking to uphold the covenants. Property
owners through out the Town of Vail could face the same challenge to
covenant protected open space lands. As property owners they are directly
responsible, as individuals or as a coalition, to ensure open space is
aggressively defended in the courts because the possibility exists that they
can be lost, along with their value.
Town of Vail partners with
the U.S. Forest Service to take on the Mountain Pine Beetle and more:
In order to target the forest conservation and wildfire issues facing the
area, the TOV is working with the U.S. Forest Service to remove dead or
infested pine trees, improve aspen stands and reduce wildfire threats on 22
acres of Town owned land and 143 acres of Forest service land. This will
include the removal of logs by helicopter; others will be left behind and
destroyed by controlled burns managed by the Forest Service. This is one of
several projects to reduce wildfire threats in forested areas near the Town
boundary which are infested with pine beetle and other diseases. The threat
of epidemic diseases to the forest is an escalating and troubling problem
throughout the Western States as reported in the
New York Times and the
Vail Trail. The regional epidemic has aesthetic and economic
consequences for Vail and other mountain resorts requiring aggressive
conservation measures by governments and property owners. The Association
has endorsed the concept of installing steam and electric generators fueled
by dead trees because of the potential for both economic and environmental
benefits in ridding the surrounding forest of biohazards.
See VVHA Status Report,
2005 Annual Report, and
Many homes are surrounded
by infested trees:
Vail homeowners and residents are encouraged to schedule free pine beetle
and “Firewise” wildfire defensible space reviews with the Vail Fire
Department. A review will recommend solutions to help homeowners prevent the
spread of pine beetles by removing infected or spraying healthy trees. Call
the Vail Fire Department at 479-2254, TOV Environmental Health Office at
479-2333 or the U.S. Forest Service at 328-6388. Learn more about
protecting your home from wildfire.
Link to Firewise Communities
Negotiation over the design and planning for the redevelopment of the Town
owned Timber Ridge affordable housing has been taking place largely behind
closed doors. It is rumored that one of the proposals being given serious
consideration is 3 to 4 times larger than the Middle Creek project.
Additionally, the Town currently has under serious consideration increasing
affordable housing requirements for new development including all
residential and commercial projects.
Voicing Concern Makes a
Neighborhood activism caused the developer of the Roost Lodge to
significantly lower the height of the proposed building. The project is to
be a Marriott Residence Inn and condominiums.
Town approval is pending. Master Planning remains in progress for West
Lionshead and West Vail Commercial Center. Each is being proposed for major
new development. Concerns over increased traffic congestion and
beautification of the North and South Frontage road has resulted in a
detailed study of roadway improvement options between Ford Park and the West
Vail interchange with I-70. The price tag could be $50 million.
Vail Recreation District
and Ford Park Master Planning:
Initial results of the VRD/TOV
master planning process include new proposals for a community
recreation/swim center, and changes to Ford Park including a 900 car parking
structure to be built under the baseball fields. The Association cautions
that evidence suggests the importance of recreation facilities has decreased
compared to more pressing needs for environmental protections and community
infrastructure improvements. It was suggested that greater emphasis should
be given in planning for improvement of existing facilities such as Dobson
Arena versus building new ones. The Association contributed to the
preparation of the current 1997 Ford Master Plan along with all other
interests, which use the park, including the surrounding Vail Village
neighborhoods. The Association would like to see ample opportunity for
public comment as specific projects and programs are considered for
inclusion in the plan. See
VVHA status report
People are asking about…
The project has a building permit. De-watering and site preparation is to
begin this fall.
Lionshead – reported completion 2007
(Solaris), Vail Village, – final Town approvals pending.
Hotel, Vail Village – in construction.
Bridge Place – nearing completion.
Residences – reported to begin Spring 2007.
Fountain, Vail Village – final Town Council approval pending.
Vail Front Door,
Vail Village – in construction.
North, Lionshead – in litigation with neighboring property owners.
Streetscape: nearing completion
Did you know?
Ski Season opening day,
Eagle/Gypsum Costco opens end
of October, and is offering a discount gasoline program.
Membership Meeting will be held Thursday, December 28th.
Contact Jill Gordon, firstname.lastname@example.org, for information about VVHA