SKI RESORT WOULD USE LAND FOR OPEN SPACE, HOUSING
Vail Resorts has proposed turning a large vacant parcel it owns in East Vail into open space and employee housing.
The company owns a 23.3-acre piece of land north of the East Vail Interstate 70 interchange. That land is current zoned for two-family primary and secondary zoning — duplex units. The company wants to change that.
In documents to be submitted Monday to the Vail Community Development Department, Vail Resorts is asking to subdivide and rezone the property. If approved, then about 17 acres would be converted to the town’s natural preservation zoning. The remaining land — about 6 acres — would be covered under the town’s housing zone.
Vail Community Development Department Director George Ruther said both of those designations are some of the town’s most restrictive.
Natural preservation zoning allows trails and little else on a parcel. That means the parcel couldn’t be turned into ballfields, playgrounds or similar uses.
The housing zone designation is similarly restrictive and allows only deed-restricted workforce housing. Other areas in town with that zoning designation are the Timber Ridge and Lions Ridge apartments and the new Chamonix neighborhood.