About The Project

The intent of the West Vail Master Plan is to envision planning, zoning, and design options as well as transportation infrastructure, housing, and economic development for the West Vail area. The planning process is expected to take between 12 and 18 months, with final plan adoption by the Town Council in the spring/summer of 2021.

Over the past several years, many local citizens and elected and appointed officials indicated a need for a West Vail Master Plan. Many buildings in West Vail were developed before West Vail’s annexation into the Town in 1986 and do not conform to the Town’s Land Use Code. This master plan will address the nonconforming uses and structures and existing zoning that is not compatible with the Vail Land Use Plan. The plan will also establish policies and guidelines to support the community vision for West Vail, influence future redevelopment of commercial properties, encourage workforce housing, and preserve the existing residential character of the West Vail neighborhoods.

The Vail Town Council Action Plan 2018-20 identified the creation and adoption of a West Vail Master Plan as a priority. With the Master Plan, Town Council wants a “community-driven blueprint for environmentally and economically sustainable land use, zoning, and development decisions in the West Vail neighborhood.” Council’s goals for the master plan are:

  • To thoroughly engage the community to understand their ideas, goals, and opinions for West Vail
  • To establish a framework for implementation of environmentally sustainable best practices for future development
  • To identify opportunities to better utilize land in West Vail including options for future housing sites
  • To foster economic development and create a more vibrant, aesthetically enhanced residential and commercial area to meet community expectations

The West Vail Master Plan process is being guided by a multi-disciplinary Colorado-based consultant team, consisting of SE Group, Economic and Planning Systems, Studio Seed, and Fehr & Peers. Collectively, these firms bring a wealth of experience in community planning and design, public engagement, economic and housing analysis, and transportation planning.

The consultant team has proposed the “20-minute neighborhood” as an organizing structure for this planning effort. The 20-minute neighborhood is a sustainability idea that is taking hold around the world, from Paris to Melbourne to Boulder. A 20-minute neighborhood has all the services that one might need within a short walk, bike ride, or bus trip. This planning process will identify and address the gaps in services, transportation infrastructure, housing types, and recreational opportunities, towards making West Vail a true 20-minute neighborhood. To learn more about the 20-minute neighborhood, click on the 20-minute Neighborhood box.

The planning process is divided into four phases. The first phase of the plan, Background Research and Community Visioning, will focus on understanding the issues and opportunities for West Vail and bringing the community together around a vision for the plan and the area’s future.

The second phase, Design Options and Draft Plan Elements, involves digging deeper into the issues raised in Phase 1, problem-solving workshops to address each of the major topics, and development of the draft plan. During this phase, the draft plan will be shared with the public to review design options and recommendations for feedback and modification.

The third phase is Plan Implementation Steps, where all the elements of the plan will be brought together to create an “Action Plan for Implementation.” These action steps will be fully integrated into the plan document.

During the fourth and final phase, Plan Approval, the planning team will work with the Town and public to garner support for approval and adoption of the Master Plan. The adoption of the plan is expected in spring/summer 2021.

To refer to The West Vail Master Plan please click here.

The intent of the West Vail Master Plan is to envision planning, zoning, and design options as well as transportation infrastructure, housing, and economic development for the West Vail area. The planning process is expected to take between 12 and 18 months, with final plan adoption by the Town Council in the spring/summer of 2021.

Over the past several years, many local citizens and elected and appointed officials indicated a need for a West Vail Master Plan. Many buildings in West Vail were developed before West Vail’s annexation into the Town in 1986 and do not conform to the Town’s Land Use Code. This master plan will address the nonconforming uses and structures and existing zoning that is not compatible with the Vail Land Use Plan. The plan will also establish policies and guidelines to support the community vision for West Vail, influence future redevelopment of commercial properties, encourage workforce housing, and preserve the existing residential character of the West Vail neighborhoods.

The Vail Town Council Action Plan 2018-20 identified the creation and adoption of a West Vail Master Plan as a priority. With the Master Plan, Town Council wants a “community-driven blueprint for environmentally and economically sustainable land use, zoning, and development decisions in the West Vail neighborhood.” Council’s goals for the master plan are:

  • To thoroughly engage the community to understand their ideas, goals, and opinions for West Vail
  • To establish a framework for implementation of environmentally sustainable best practices for future development
  • To identify opportunities to better utilize land in West Vail including options for future housing sites
  • To foster economic development and create a more vibrant, aesthetically enhanced residential and commercial area to meet community expectations

The West Vail Master Plan process is being guided by a multi-disciplinary Colorado-based consultant team, consisting of SE Group, Economic and Planning Systems, Studio Seed, and Fehr & Peers. Collectively, these firms bring a wealth of experience in community planning and design, public engagement, economic and housing analysis, and transportation planning.

The consultant team has proposed the “20-minute neighborhood” as an organizing structure for this planning effort. The 20-minute neighborhood is a sustainability idea that is taking hold around the world, from Paris to Melbourne to Boulder. A 20-minute neighborhood has all the services that one might need within a short walk, bike ride, or bus trip. This planning process will identify and address the gaps in services, transportation infrastructure, housing types, and recreational opportunities, towards making West Vail a true 20-minute neighborhood. To learn more about the 20-minute neighborhood, click on the 20-minute Neighborhood box.

The planning process is divided into four phases. The first phase of the plan, Background Research and Community Visioning, will focus on understanding the issues and opportunities for West Vail and bringing the community together around a vision for the plan and the area’s future.

The second phase, Design Options and Draft Plan Elements, involves digging deeper into the issues raised in Phase 1, problem-solving workshops to address each of the major topics, and development of the draft plan. During this phase, the draft plan will be shared with the public to review design options and recommendations for feedback and modification.

The third phase is Plan Implementation Steps, where all the elements of the plan will be brought together to create an “Action Plan for Implementation.” These action steps will be fully integrated into the plan document.

During the fourth and final phase, Plan Approval, the planning team will work with the Town and public to garner support for approval and adoption of the Master Plan. The adoption of the plan is expected in spring/summer 2021.

To refer to The West Vail Master Plan please click here.