Town of Avon
For Immediate Release | April 27, 2017        
Contact:  Preston Neill, Executive Assistant to the Town Manager
970-748-4404 |

Report from the April 25th Avon Town Council Meeting

Planning and Zoning Commission representatives appointed, Direction on Benchmark Covenants

Avon, CO – The Avon Town Council held a regular meeting on April 25th. Highlights of the meeting include the following:
  • Council interviewed six applicants for four vacancies on the Planning and Zoning Commission (PZC). The role of PZC is to review and recommend to the Town Council desirable or necessary modifications to the zoning ordinance, subdivision regulations, and to review and approve design review procedures and criteria as they relate to the zoning ordinance. The following individuals were appointed to two-year positions on PZC:  Jared Barnes, William Glaner, Lindsay Hardy, and Steven Nusbaum.
  • Council took two actions with regard to the Protective Covenants for Benchmark at Beaver Creek Subdivision (Benchmark Covenants). First, they voted in favor of termination of the Benchmark Covenants. Second, Council directed Mayor Jennie Fancher, the Town’s representative on the Landowner’s Committee, to vote in favor of terminating the Benchmark Covenants. All property owners in the Benchmark at Beaver Creek Subdivision received a notice and ballot materials, as it was very important to the Council to conduct an open public process to receive and consider all input from interested property owners prior to taking any action on the Benchmark Covenants. The notice provided property owners with information concerning the Benchmark Covenants, the process to amend or terminate the Benchmark Covenants, and the proposed process for the Council to receive input and consider taking action as the Town. In all, the Town received 85 completed ballots, with 64 votes for termination of the Benchmark Covenants and 21 votes against termination of the Benchmark Covenants. The next step of the process is for the five appointed members of the Landowner’s Committee to meet and take action to terminate the Benchmark Covenants. The Benchmark Covenants may be terminated by the approval of a 4/5ths majority vote of the Landowner’s Committee, The five members of the Landowner’s Committee are Gil Avellar, Megan Burch, Jennie Fancher, Doug Jimenez and Ruthie Stanley.
  • Council authorized the Town Manager to file the I AM PRO SNOW 100% COMMITTED Enrollment Form on behalf of the Town of Avon. The initiative, orchestrated by The Climate Reality Project’s I AM PRO SNOW program, encourages ski resorts, towns, businesses, and other mountain communities around the world to commit to being powered by 100% renewable energy by 2030. In December 2016, Council adopted the Climate Action Plan for the Eagle County Community. In March, Council approved a prioritized implementation schedule for the programs and projects listed in the Climate Action Plan, which included developing and implementing a program to run the Town of Avon with 100% renewable energy by 2030.
All Town Council meetings can be streamed live or viewed online in the days following the meeting at The Town Council’s next meeting is May 9 at 5:00 p.m. Agendas and packet materials can be found at For more information on the April 25th meeting or future meetings, please contact Preston Neill, Executive Assistant to the Town Manager at 970-748-4404 or

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