Alan Kosloff, Board of Directors, and Interested Parties
July 6, 2004
Vail Valley Drive and Golden Peak Neighborhood issues under discussion.
Meeting Notice: A meeting has been scheduled for
representatives of Golden Peak neighborhood property owners to discuss several
issues of concern to the neighborhood and the surrounding area (see
map of neighborhood) at 10:30 a.m. on July 13, 2004 in the Town of
Vail Council Chambers. Representatives
of the Town of Vail (TOV), Vail Resorts, Inc (VRI) and affected property owners
have been requested to attend.
Topics of discussion will include the
Vail Valley Drive ski season traffic congestion.
Manor Vail Redevelopment
Implications of request to close Chalet Road
Disposition of Gore Creek Drive east of its intersection with Vail Valley
Status of other public improvements in the neighborhood.
Vail Valley Drive ski season traffic congestion: The Association received complaints during the 2003-2004 ski
season regarding episodes of traffic congestion on Vail Valley Drive between the
South Frontage Road and the Golden Peak Children’s Center.
Various reasons have been reported as to the source of congestion.
Pedestrian safety issues have been raised as well.
The Golden Peak Management Plan, adopted in conjunction with the approval
of the redevelopment of the Golden Peak Ski Base in 1996, provides for joint
problem solving efforts for traffic related issues among effected neighborhood
property owners, the Town of Vail, and Vail Resorts, Inc. A representative of the Homeowners Association has met with
representatives of both VRI and the TOV to bring the matter to their attention.
The Association has requested that a traffic management criteria be
acknowledged, which insures that fire and life safety vehicles have, at all
times, unhindered access to the neighborhoods or properties that have their sole
access from the aforementioned section of Vail Valley Drive.
Manor Vail Redevelopment Proposal: Manor Vail has a redevelopment
proposal pending before the Town of Vail.
Recent view analysis provided by Manor Vail indicates that portions of
the view of the Gore Range from the All Seasons Condominiums will be affected
aspects of the proposal. Objection
to the proposed view blockage have be raised by All Seasons.
The type of zoning district (Special Development District, SDD) being
requested requires that an appropriate “public benefit” be demonstrated by
Manor Vail in exchange for a substantial increase in building density over that
which is permitted by its existing zoning.
A debate as to what improvements would constitute an appropriate
“public benefit” has occupied the attention of Town officials and Manor Vail
developers for the past several months. The
Association has suggested that a possible “public benefit” would be the
funding of streetscape improvements and a pedestrian walkway along Gore Creek
Drive (from its intersection with Vail Valley Drive) and Chalet Road through
Manor Vail to the west entrance (covered bridge) of Ford Park.
Among public benefits proposed by Manor Vail are landscape improvements
to the Mill Creek bypass.
Chalet Road Proposed Closure:
The Texas Townhouse Condominium Association has requested the Town of
Vail to close Chalet Road to vehicular access.
(see attachment – Texas Townhouses letter to the Town of Vail) A
representative of the Homeowners Association has met with the Town of Vail
Public Works Department to discuss the implication of the proposal.
Concerns were discussed regarding streetscape/landscape improvements and
maintaining access for pedestrians, snow removal equipment, and public safety
(fire) vehicles. There appears to be a recognition among most affected
property owners, given traffic congestion issues on Vail Valley Drive, that it
would be inappropriate to maintain Chalet Road as a through street as it would
result in an undesirable flow of through-traffic in a residential neighborhood.
Gore Creek Drive (East of Vail Valley Drive) Proposed Vacation:
The Town of Vail Public Works Department has found the maintenance
agreement between the Town of Vail and some of the condominium associations
along Gore Creek Drive (see attachment 1981
letter of agreement TOV). Interest has been expressed by the affected parties to discuss
the prospect of vacating the remaining public right-of-way portions of Gore
Creek east of Vail Valley Drive. As
parking for some of the neighborhood’s condominium units occur on the public
right-of-way, a vacation would be a substantial benefit to affected property
owners. A portion of the Gore Creek
Drive right-of-way has already been vacated and conveyed to the Texas Townhouse
Condominium Association (see
attached Ordinance 31, 1986). The conveyance complicates the need to insure that appropriate
street drainage improvements and access easements for the adequate circulation
of public and private service vehicles as well as pedestrians are provided as
conditions of the vacation. The
Town of Vail Public Works Department has conducted some of the necessary survey
work to determine the location of land ownership boundaries and the
configuration of drainage and other easements necessary to protect the public
Status of other public improvements in the neighborhood:
The disposition of the Chalet Road Tennis Courts has been raised in
conjunction with the redevelopment of Manor Vail.
Currently, there is no proposal to abandon or remove the courts. However, the condition of the courts and the willingness of
the Vail Recreation District (VRD) to continue to operate and maintain them are
of concern. Additionally, a change
in status of the Gore Creek Stream Tract is being discussed between Manor Vail
and the Town of Vail.