LITTLE PUBLIC COMMENT
The current draft plan has defined a vision for current and future trails, Braun said. It also provides recommendations about which trails could be improved or added and which should stay as they are — or possibly be closed.
Given Tuesday’s introductory look at the plan, there wasn’t much public comment.
Bill Hoblitzell, of the Vail Valley Mountain Bike Association, called the draft plan’s approach to trails a “good compromise.”
But, he added, the current proposed federal budget slashes funding for trails, so local governments and groups will have to do more for themselves.
Hoblitzell also noted that the local group is still aiming for a “gold” regional designation from the International Mountain Biking Association. The county currently holds a silver designation for its trails and amenities.
Pete Seibert, son of Vail Mountain’s co-founder, applauded Hoblitzell. But, he added, the trails portion of the plan needs to take a close look at “social” trails, unofficial trails that still get significant use.
Eagle Valley Land Trust Executive Director Jim Daus praised the effort that’s gone into the plan so far. Daus offered help to the council as it moves forward with the plan.
Moving forward on something council members want to parse — “almost line by line,” council member Greg Moffet said — will require a plan.
Braun said that plan will be presented at the council’s meeting on Tuesday, June 19. After that, expect several afternoon work sessions about the plan, followed by at least two evening public hearings.
The process could stretch into the fall.
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