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Input sought on Draft Roaring Fork Mid-Valley Trails Plan

Contact: Kris Valdez, Eagle County Senior Planner, 970-328-8752, kris.valdez@eaglecounty.us
 
Jan. 29, 2020 –  An update to the 2006 Eagle County Mid-Valley Trails Plan was released today for a 30-day public comment period, ending on Feb. 28, 2020. All plan materials can be found on the Eagle County Planning Division website at www.eaglecounty.us/masterplans; hard copies are available at the Eagle County Clerk and Recorder's Office at the El Jebel Community Center.
 
Eagle County will host an open house at the El Jebel Community Center from noon to 6:30 p.m. on Feb. 6 to discuss the draft 2020 Eagle County Mid-Valley Trails Plan and receive constituents’ feedback and ideas. Additionally, staff will present the plan in collaboration with the volunteer-based Mid-Valley Trails Committee to the Roaring Fork Valley Regional Planning Commission. The public is welcome to attend and participate in the meeting to provide input following an overview presentation about the plan. The work session will begin at 2:30 p.m. at the El Jebel Community Center in the Sopris Room. The open house will resume after the work session ends until 6:30 p.m.

“We hope folks interested in recreation and active transportation will give us their ideas to make this a thoughtful and implementable plan that balances the needs of all users,” said Morgan Beryl, Community Development Director for Eagle County.

Since the original Mid-Valley Trails Plan was adopted in 2006, many paved and singletrack projects have been added to the area’s recreation and non-motorized transportation network, including completion of the 42-mile Rio Grande Trail and the 2.5-mile Willits Lane Trail that serve as primary trail routes for recreation and transportation in the Mid-Valley. Additionally, many miles of singletrack trails have been constructed or decommissioned, most notably in the Bureau of Land Management’s Crown Special Recreation Management Area located adjacent to and above the Rio Grande Trail through Eagle County.
During the Mid-Valley Area Community Plan public process in 2016 through 2018, the county received many comments regarding further improvements to the transportation and recreation trail network, highlighting the need to update the existing trails plan to reflect current desires and interests.   

“The plan is intended to provide guidance to potential developers, Eagle County staff and officials in the review of land use applications to ensure recreational needs and the needs of people walking and biking for transportation are addressed. It will also function as an inventory of the existing trails and roadways used by people who walk, bike and horseback ride in the Roaring Fork Mid-Valley area and include recommendations for future projects in all categories,” said Beryl. “We’re excited to hear what locals think about the plan on February 6, and learn more about how we can all work together to create quality and safe experiences while also preserving the natural environment.” 

For more information, contact Eagle County Senior Planner, Kris Valdez at 970-328-8752 or kris.valdez@eaglecounty.us.