West Vail Master Plan

Introduction

The West Vail Master Plan will be a community blueprint for environmentally and economically sustainable land use, zoning, and development decisions in the West Vail neighborhood. The plan will also focus on enhancing transportation connectivity and mobility, housing opportunities, and economic development. Throughout the planning process, the planning team will thoroughly engage the public to hear their ideas, goals, and opinions for West Vail. Given the ongoing issues surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic and Eagle County Public Health’s orders related to public gatherings and safer- at- home requirements, adjustments to the timing and format of public engagement opportunities are being made and will be announced here. The plan process began with Town staff in April 2020, with final plan adoption by Town Council expected spring/summer 2021.

Introduction

The West Vail Master Plan will be a community blueprint for environmentally and economically sustainable land use, zoning, and development decisions in the West Vail neighborhood. The plan will also focus on enhancing transportation connectivity and mobility, housing opportunities, and economic development. Throughout the planning process, the planning team will thoroughly engage the public to hear their ideas, goals, and opinions for West Vail. Given the ongoing issues surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic and Eagle County Public Health’s orders related to public gatherings and safer- at- home requirements, adjustments to the timing and format of public engagement opportunities are being made and will be announced here. The plan process began with Town staff in April 2020, with final plan adoption by Town Council expected spring/summer 2021.

  • Presentations were given to Town Council & Planning and Environmental Commission

    Members of the West Vail Master Plan project team presented concepts and recommendations from the Draft Plan at the recent Town Council meeting on May 4 and the PEC meeting on May 10. During these presentations, the planning team presented recommendations and policies for West Vail’s commercial area, housing, and transportation network and solicited feedback from the PEC and Council. Community members interested in viewing the presentations, click here.


  • West Vail Master Plan: Opportunity to View Virtual Presentations of Draft Plan Concepts

    Members of the West Vail Master Plan project team will present concepts and recommendations from the Draft Plan at two upcoming virtual presentations. At 7:15 p.m. Tuesday, May 4, the project team will deliver a presentation to the Vail Town Council. The following Monday, from 1-3 p.m. May 10, the project team will present to the Vail Planning and Environmental Commission (PEC). At these presentations, the planning team will present recommendations and policies for West Vail’s commercial area, housing, and transportation network and solicit feedback from the PEC and Council. Community members interested in viewing the presentations are invited to attend virtually.

    Links to view/register for the presentations are available here:

  • March Project Update

    The project team is progressing through Phase 2: Design Options and Draft Plan Elements. Public engagement has been a key component of this phase – between December and February, the project team held three workshops focusing on the main components of the plan (Transportation, Housing, and the Commercial Area). At these workshops, which were open to the public, members of the consultant team presented draft materials and solicited feedback from attendees. Memos summarizing the content presented and feedback received during the three workshops are linked below:


    Transportation Workshop Summary

    Housing Workshop Summary

    Commercial Workshop Summary


    To conclude Phase 2, the team will refine the plan’s vision, recommendations, and design concepts and develop a draft plan document. The team will then present the draft to the Advisory Committee and the public for feedback. This feedback will inform the final plan document, which will be completed in May. Please stay tuned for opportunities to provide feedback on draft plan documents.

  • Share Your Thoughts! Commercial Area Workshop, Feb. 11 - Register Now

    Ideas and input from the community are an essential part of any planning process. Join the West Vail Master Plan project team for a virtual workshop on the West Vail Commercial Area at 2 p.m. or 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 11.


    Please register for one of the workshops:

    2 - 3:30 p.m. Workshop

    5:30 - 7 p.m. Workshop


    Important: To ensure meaningful participation from attendees, registration is capped at 20 participants for each session. If you are unable to attend or register for this workshop, we hope you will visit engagevail.com to learn more about the planning process and public engagement opportunities.

    We look forward to hearing from you soon!

  • Share Your Thoughts! West Vail Housing Workshop, Thursday, Jan. 14

    Dear Community Members,


    Ideas and input from the community are an essential part of any planning process. Join us for a virtual workshop to share your recommendations to reimagine and support resident housing in West Vail at 2 p.m. or 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 14.


    Please register for one of the workshops:


    2 - 3:30 p.m. Workshop

    5:30 - 7 p.m. Workshop


    Important: To ensure meaningful participation from attendees, registration is capped at 20 participants for each session. If you are unable to attend or register for this workshop, we hope you will attend the next workshop, which will focus on West Vail’s commercial area. Visit engagevail.com to learn more about the planning process and public engagement opportunities.


    We look forward to hearing from you soon!


    Sincerely,

    The West Vail Project Team

  • Early December Project Update

    During the month of November, the project team moved to Phase 2: Design Options and Draft Plan Elements. In consultation with the Advisory Committee, the project team began drafting design concepts for the commercial center and transportation assets and developing proposed policy changes. The team is on track to provide a completed draft of the plan in spring 2021. The team has been organizing several virtual workshops to foster community engagement with the project. The first workshop, which will focus on transportation, is scheduled for Thursday, Dec. 17 at 2 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. Each workshop will focus on a different project area (transportation, housing, and the commercial area), and participants will have the opportunity to provide feedback and insight on draft concepts from the plan. The project team is looking forward to conversations with the community through these virtual workshops.

    The Housing and Commercial Area workshops will occur in January (dates TBD). To sign up for the Transportation workshop, click here for the 2 p.m. workshop and here for the 5 p.m. workshop.

    NOTE: Registration is limited for each workshop. To ensure that the maximum number of community members get to participate meaningfully in these workshops, we ask that each person sign up for one workshop only (e.g. if you signed up for a transportation workshop, please refrain from signing up for a housing workshop).

  • October Project Update

    Over the first few weeks of September, the project team held a virtual open house to kick off the West Vail Master Plan with the general public. Through the Virtual Open House, participants could learn about the plan and share their ideas and vision for the West Vail neighborhood. About 275 people participated and provided valuable insights on the primary issues for the plan to address, key components of the commercial area going forward, and desired character. Click here to see the results of the public feedback.

    With a strong sense of the public’s vision for West Vail, the project team can now embark on Phase 2: Design Options and Draft Plan Elements. The project team is drafting design ideas and policy recommendations around the commercial area, residential neighborhoods, and transportation and mobility. Stay tuned for opportunities to provide your feedback and ideas on these initial drafts!

  • August Project Update

    Over the past few months, the project team analyzed the existing conditions in West Vail. Three reports are available for your perusal. The Land Use + Design Analysis reviews the built environment in West Vail – looking at zoning, non-conformities, and building character. The Housing and Economics Analysis touches on demographics, commuting, businesses, and how West Vail compares to the rest of the Town. The Transportation and Mobility Analysis examines existing transportation infrastructure, transit ridership, and low-stress walking and biking routes. These analyses lay the foundation for the plan, identifying gaps and issues to be addressed in the plan.

    The project team is currently planning socially distanced and virtual public engagement. In these meetings, you’ll learn more about the analyses and share your vision for West Vail. Stay tuned for more details!