Should Vail house doctors, lawyers?
Aspen, CO Colorado
VAIL, Colo. ” Vail should make sure it has housing for all kinds of people ” from seasonal workers to business owners to doctors ” council members said Tuesday.
“For the future of Vail to continue as a vibrant, successful resort, we need a broad mix of people living in town,” said Andy Daly, a councilman.
Daly said he was concerned that the latest draft of town’s Housing Strategic Plan isn’t broad enough because it largely focuses on lower-paid workers.
Few professional people such as dentists, nurses and emergency-room workers live in Vail, Daly said, and the town is increasingly being split into the “haves” ” such as second-home owners ” and “have nots,” Daly said.
Councilwoman Margaret Rogers suggested the town should even consider senior citizens in a comprehensive housing plan.
“We have no plan for seniors,” she said.
But, for now, the council is focusing on “workforce” housing.
“The leak in the umbrella is on the workforce housing,” Rogers said. “But I don’t think we can ignore the big picture forever.”
Council members said Vail needs diversity of housing ” both for-rent and for-sale housing targeted toward various levels of income ” so that it can have diversity of people.
“It’s not just seasonal workers,” said Mayor Dick Cleveland. “It’s doctors and lawyers.”
The town is trying to keep 30 percent of its workers living in Vail. The town recently passed “inclusionary zoning” and “commercial linkage” laws to require developers to build more housing as part of developments.
More housing is planned for Timber Ridge, the North Day Lot, the Chamonix property and the Buzzard Park complex.
The town is also looking to “buy down” existing homes to create one to three more affordable units per year.
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