Community Master Plans & Studies
Town of Eagle Net Zero Action Plan (approved 2023)
The Town of Eagle adopted a resolution in July of 2021 to achieve net zero emissions in the Eagle community by 2030. This Net Zero Action Plan was developed for the Town of Eagle in collaboration with the Adam Palmer Sustainability Fund. This plan outlines a pathway to achieving net zero by 2030 by providing strategies, policies, and initiatives to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to zero and limit the impacts of climate change. While reducing greenhouse gas emissions is the primary objective, how Eagle gest there matters. Climate action provides an opportunity to recognize additional benefits for our community, environment, and economy.
Comprehensive Affordable Housing Assessment (approved 2023)
This Report’s objective is to identify an affordable housing strategy with a set of recommendations for implementation. Housing is an increasingly important concern for the community as home prices of ownership units continue to escalate and available rental units are difficult to find. As the regional cost of living continues to rise, there is an increasing lack of access to affordable housing. This is a substantial issue across mountain and resort communities where the housing needs of locals and workers are unmet, and they are priced out of the community. This Report summarizes the existing housing supply and demand to inform policy goals and recommendations.
Representatives from the University of Colorado (CU) Boulder's Masters of the Outdoor Recreation and Environment (MORE) completed a land use and development study centered on a strategic vision for diversifying the Town of Eagle's economy. Principal themes from the study include recommendations to develop a technology and outdoor recreation manufacturing economy; identifying and implementing local business development programs to assist and grow start-up to medium-sized businesses; and evaluating existing buildings and sites within Eagle that would meet the particular needs of said industries which would allow growth and permanent operation in Eagle.
East Eagle Sub Area Plan (adopted 2021)
The purpose of the East Eagle Sub Area Plan (EESAP) is to identify and define desired future land uses and guide future growth in the area known as East Eagle. East Eagle is approximately 175 acres and is located in the furthest northeast section of town. Future land uses in East Eagle are primarily commercial, industrial and interstate commercial. A critical component of the EESAP is the eastern gateway that welcomes westbound visitors on I-70 and Highway 6. The eastern gateway is intended to reflect the character of the Town.
Our vision is to provide a resilient and high-quality water supply to our residents and visitors as the community grows and as climate variability increases. Through good environmental stewardship, we will use water conservation and efficiency as tools to properly manage water as a precious, limited resource to meet our current and future needs and to help protect our surrounding habitat and wildlife. This vision statement was crafted from stakeholder input to guide the Town’s efforts in water conservation and efficiency. This plan builds on the Town of Eagle’s Five-Year Water Efficiency Planning Strategy (SGM, 2017) by:
1.) Conforming to State of Colorado planning guidelines, making the Town eligible for State grant funding programs.
2.) Using a screening-level cost-benefit analysis to design efficiency programs that make financial sense for the Town and its customers.
3.) Including a public engagement process for transparency and to seek feedback on planned efficiency activities.
The result is a water efficiency and conservation plan that provides a roadmap for achieving the water vision while maintaining high quality and dependable water service.
The Town of Eagle and Mountain Recreation co-created a plan to address the current and future recreation needs for the growing population within Eagle. The Town selected a team of consultants including Norris Design and Barker Rinker Seacat Architecture to lead the process which consisted of inventory and analysis, public engagement, conceptual design and creation of the final master plan document and supportive graphics.
In the Spring of 2019, the Town of Eagle requested a community assessment from Downtown Colorado, Inc. (DCI) in conjunction with DCI’s Colorado Challenge Accelerator Program. The Colorado Challenge Accelerator Program is a unique team building accelerator created in 2017 that focuses on establishing a plan of work and proposal to engage public, private, and non-profit partners to address a significant community challenge over the course of twelve months. The Colorado Challenge Accelerator Program works to transform the community’s challenge into an opportunity: to establish a proposal, financing approach, and team of community partners ready to implement. The program includes five phases of planning and development that helps our Colorado communities establish a plan for community-wide initiatives that foster sustainable community and economic development. The phases include: Community Selection, Team Building, Challenge Studio, Pitch Development, and Program Continuation.
A County-wide plan that provides current context on people, jobs, and housing markets in the Eagle River Valley; updates the housing demand calculations and projections that have been used consistently over the past 11 years; and informs housing policy and implementation by providing up to date information on what local households and employers need. Part one of this study is the housing needs update, which begins with current data on the valley's population, jobs, and the housing market. It measures the problem of workforce housing in terms of perceptions and impacts on households and provides the metrics that are the foundation for the need update. Part one concludes with the demand update calculations. Part two provides guidance on moving forward with housing solutions: key considerations policy makers need to know, where to build housing, how to design it, appropriate price ranges, and what tools should be prioritized.
The Climate Action Plan for the Eagle County Community is the culmination of a year-long effort that included more than 30 community stakeholders. Their tasks were to develop targets for the reduction of GHG emissions for the greater Eagle County community and to identify and prioritize projects and policies by sector that will help the community achieve those targets.
The Eagle River Corridor Plan establishes a clear, comprehensive set of principles to guide future growth of the town along the Eagle River. These principles reflect the desire of the community to connect the town with the river, while preserving the resource for future generations. A desired outcome of the Plan is public and private sector development along the river corridor that strengthens the connection between the Town of Eagle and the Eagle River.
The purpose of the Eagle River Watershed Plan is to outline a collaborative local philosophy for protecting and improving water quantity, water quality, wildlife habitat and recreational opportunities, and to promote compatible and complimentary land use strategies, actions and practices. The Plan is primarily focused on defining steps that can be taken to ensure the desirable attributes of the watershed are protected and enhanced as Eagle County continues to grow. It provides a long term vision for the Eagle River and Colorado River in Eagle County.
The purpose of the West Eagle Sub Area Plan is to encourage mixed use development including live-work arrangements in the area between Highway and the Brush Creek Open Space from the Bull Pasture Subdivision to Sylvan Lake Road. This Plan will provide direction to the Town in regard to the planning and construction of capital improvements and land use decision making.
The Town of Eagle is situated in the lower Brush Creek watershed near its confluence with the Eagle River. The watershed gives rise to Brush Creek, a high quality mountain stream that provides essential municipal, domestic and agricultural water supplies to area residents. The 145 square mile basin ranges in elevation from 13,360 feet in its headwaters region to 6,520 feet near Town. The watershed is ecologically diverse and supports a variety of indigenous plant and wildlife species. This diversity creates an attractive residential setting and provides Town residents with recreational opportunities. The Plan looks to maintain Brush Creek's distinctive environmental diversity and aquatic environment.
The Eagle Area Community Plan was jointly adopted by both the Town of Eagle and Eagle County. It covers an extensive area which includes the incorporated lands within the Town of Eagle, as well as unincorporated lands surrounding the Town boundaries. The entire drainage of both Brush Creek and Eby Creek which extend south and north of town are included, as are significant acreages along the Eagle River and Interstate 70 east and west of town. The Plan is intended to work as an extension of the Eagle County Comprehensive Master Plan; providing planners, officials, landowners and developers with policies and strategies to help formulate land use plans and guide decision making over the course of the next 5 to 10 years. It is a community based plan that reflects the vision, concerns, ideas and desires of local residents; as determined through the planning process.
This project is a policy scan of the municipalities in Eagle County and unincorporated Eagle County. The policy scan looks specifically at the following topics: Healthy Food Access, Active Transportation and Public Transit, Community Design and Land Use. The policy scan also highlights the following: initiatives, programs, resolutions, community engagement, and major accomplishments. The Plan4Health project is designed to leverage Planners' roles as collaborators and conveners to improve health outcomes and influence healthy community design in the built environment. Plan4Health supports creative partnerships to build sustainable, cross-sector coalitions. Each coalition participating in the Plan4Health grant is committed to increasing access to healthy opportunities through nutrition or physical activity. And, each coalition is dedicated to meeting the needs of the residents where they live, work, or play.