Gore Valley Citizens Alliance
Working to protect Vail's Wildlife and Open Space
February 16 Vail Town Council to Review Agreement with Triumph Development regarding Middle Creek
This afternoon, there will be a crucial meeting related to our efforts to stop the development of Booth Heights and the destruction of the Gore Valley herd of bighorn sheep.
In the afternoon, the Town Council will review the proposed agreement between the Town and Triumph Development regarding the Middle Creek site.
The Middle Creek site was chosen as an alternative to the East Vail property, not an additional site. The Town Council has unwisely chosen to open the door to Middle Creek while failing to close the door on Booth Heights.
There will be an informational session that is open to the Public at 3:00. Public comment will not be allowed at that time. However, we feel it is crucial that the Town Council, Triumph, and Vail Resorts need to be reminded that we are watching them and that the goal is to permanently protect the East Vail property for the bighorn sheep.
The Vail Town Council on December 15 reviewed a request for rezoning what is being referred to as "West Middle Creek" for development.
Gore Valley Citizens Alliance is opposed to making designated open space available for development.
Tract A - West of Middle Creek, was acquired with Real Estate Transfer Tax funds several decades ago. It is zoned Natural Resource Preservation, the highest level of protection provided by zoning under Vail Town Code.
You may recall that it was in the original rezoning of Booth Heights - rezoning that took place without a required development plan - that was "thin end of the wedge" toward the approval of Booth Heights, which has taken an incredible effort on all our parts to shut down.
Why it Matters
Our community has wisely protected high visibility and sensitive areas as open space, and ensured that every square inch of the Gore Valley is not developed. We established the Real Estate Transfer Tax in order to facilitate open space acquisition. The Town Attorney has opined that the Real Estate Transfer Tax can be repaid and areas made available for development. The problem with that opinion is that there is no open space left to acquire.
Discussions have also been held about the Middle Bench of Donovan Park, another area that was acquired with RETT funds and zoned for open space, and also the 9th fairway of the Vail Golf Course. The pro-development faction seems intent on chipping away at our open space until there is nothing left.
As Diana Donovan put it "We didn't protect these areas for ourselves when we acquired them, we protected these areas for now when everything is developed."
WE DID NOT ACQUIRE AND PROTECT OPEN SPACE TO BANK IT FOR FUTURE DEVELOPMENT!
More information regarding the proposal is available here.