Controversial Ford Park master plan back on Vail Town Council agenda

Officials will take additional public comment

By Real Vail
May 6, 2013
The Vail Town Council will continue its review of a new master planning document for Ford Park during its evening meeting on Tuesday, May 7. The item is listed fourth on the meeting agenda which begins at 6 p.m. in the Town Council Chambers with opportunities for public comment on the topic.

The 2013 Gerald R. Ford Park Master Plan will include components of the park’s previous documents from 1974, 1985, 1997 and 2012 as well as an updated list of allowed uses and prohibited uses in the park. It will also include a boundary line delineating the upper bench of the park from the lower bench and sub-areas within the two benches which will identify suitable uses for each sub-area.

The plan will also discuss limiting additional structures on the park's lower bench. This is a departure from the park’s management plan amended in 2012, which caused the Town Council to withdraw its consent to proceed through the development review process for construction of additional improvements proposed for the lower bench, including construction of an education center for the Betty Ford Alpine Gardens.

Council members asked that the Ford Park planning documents be consolidated and updated before moving forward with future development applications.

Tuesday’s discussion will focus on the proposed goals, objectives and policies for the future planning of Ford Park in preparation for a master plan amendment application to be submitted to the Planning and Environmental Commission for review and a recommendation. The PEC is tentatively scheduled to review the application at its May 13 meeting with final consideration and adoption by the Town Council on May 21.

For more information, including background information on the topic, visit the town’s website at or contact Community Development Director George Ruther at 479-2145.

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