Avon to discuss trails at upcoming meeting
AVON — Avon will be holding an open house and meetings during the next several months as it looks to update its trails plan.
The town of Avon’s Recreational Trails Master Plan has undergone its first review and update since the Trails Plan’s adoption in 2009. With Olsson Associates as consultants to the town, the review began with an assessment of all town-owned lands for environmental and visual qualities. The mapping helped the town understand where new multi-use trail development could and should not be considered.
The update aims to identify a set of soft- and hard-surface trails throughout the entire town, with connections to other trail networks in the Vail Valley. The planning effort also has included assessing trails that should be considered for redesign for sustainability purposes and locations for new parking lot development. Other components of the updated plan include estimates to build new trails, criteria for prioritizing new trail development, overall annual cost estimates for trail maintenance and trail etiquette standards. The plan has been guided by a steering committee representing hikers, mountain-bike interests and motorized users.
The public will be afforded several opportunities during the next two months to participate in the review of the update. All meetings will provide for public questions and comments. Email communication and letters will be accepted into the public record, at any time, by sending comments to Avon’s Town Clerk Debbie Hoppe at email@example.com.
Schedule of Meetings
The schedule, to date, is as follows.
• Wednesday, Avon Town Hall Council Chambers: 5 p.m., open house and self-guided review of the updated trail maps; 5:30 p.m., introduction by Planning Director Matt Pielsticker and presentation of the plan; 6:15 p.m., public questions and comments.
• July 6, Avon Town Hall Council Chambers: 5:05 p.m., Planning and Zoning Commission Review and recommendation to the Avon Town Council.
• July 26 (subject to change), Avon Town Hall Council Chambers: 5:30 p.m., first reading of an adopting ordinance, Town Council.
• Aug. 9 (subject to change), Avon Town Hall Council Chambers: 5:30 p.m., second reading of an adopting ordinance, Town Council.
The trails plan update can be found at http://www.avon.org/trails. Additionally, trails proposed in the Upper Metcalf Drainage and north of and along Nottingham Road have been flagged to provide interested residents and trail users visual references prior to the meetings.
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