The Denver Post - - BUSINESS - — Scott N. Miller, Vail Daily

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.

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