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Mid-valley needs smart growth, not high-density sprawl

Dear midvalley residents,

Are you tired of bumper-to-bumper traffic, unsafe traffic conditions, and losing open space and agricultural land to excessive development? Do you want Highway 82 to look like the Interstate 70 Vail Valley corridor?

The Fields Development is back, and they are now proposing increasing the project size to 152 housing units on historically established agricultural land and a wildlife corridor that is currently zoned Rural Residential along Valley Road just west of Crown Mountain Park. The development would add, according to CDOT estimates, over 1,000 more vehicle trips per day along Valley Road and at the El Jebel / Highway 82 intersection.

The Fields Development owners are asking to build the highest density allowable under Eagle County residential zoning classifications. They want to leapfrog three zoning density designations in order to maximize their yield and profits with no compelling public benefit.

It’s important to act now and let your voice be heard. They are holding a combined sketch plan and preliminary subdivision plan meeting at 2:30 p.m. April 7 at the El Jebel/Eagle Valley Community Center at Crown Mountain Park. This means that they are trying to push this through without public input at a one-and-done meeting.

Please make your comments known to the Eagle County Planning Department and the three Eagle County commissioners before it’s too late by emailing all four by Monday, April 4, 2022.





Also plan to attend the Planning Board meeting at the community center.

Join your fellow midvalley neighbors trying hard to protect the character of our valley communities and our quality of life. Insist on smart growth, not high-density sprawl.

Jen Mueller