The Town of Avon is seeking community members to serve on the Town’s Planning and Zoning Commission (PZC). Four positions are currently open for application. The Town Council will make the appointments for either a one or two-year term, at its April 12, 2016, regular meeting.
The seven member PZC board is instrumental in developing land use policy through the Avon Comprehensive Plan
and other specific guiding plans, including but limited to core development plans, parking, multi-modal pedestrian, vehicle and bicycle planning, street, paths and trails planning. The Commission is most responsible for guiding coordinated development, within the Town’s boundaries, as well as implementing the goals and policies of adopted land use plans. Review and approval of development applications is a key role for the PZC. Actions range from ensuring residential and commercial architectural and landscape designs conform to the Town’s overall appearance, in its role as the Design Review Board, to lot splits and streetscape approvals, as regulated in the Town’s Development Code.
It is an exciting and critical time for the PZC. The Town Council has directed several land use plan updates be developed over the next two years, offering exceptional hands-on opportunities to help shape Avon’s future. The works includes, but is not limited to major civic engagement outreach for updating the Avon Comprehensive Plan
, redesign of East and West Beaver Creek Boulevard to promote safety and walkability, updating of the trails’ plan and sign code, plus selection and decision on a new Roundabout #4 art element. Two major new lodging applications are anticipated in the next several months.
The PZC meets on the first and third Tuesdays of each month at 5:00 p.m. at Avon Town Hall. The PZC is provided full-time staff support from the Community Development Department. Members receive a $75 per meeting stipend and an Avon Recreation Center pass. The Commission composition requires at least five of the seven members to be registered electors of Avon at the time of appointment, with two members allowed to reside from outside of the Town limits. It is preferred that, of the seven person membership, two or three are industry professionals, including architects, landscape architects or designers. The most notable qualities of members are a desire to invest time into learning the plans and codes of the Town; regularly attending meetings, although absences are allowed; the desire to serve the Avon community; and, a willingness to work in a collaborative manner. Once appointed, a full orientation program is provided to assist new members. It usually takes about one-year to gain proficiency as a Commission member. How to learn more about the PZC
: To assist interested persons in considering an application, Planning Director Matt Pielsticker is available to answer questions in the office or over a cup of coffee in Avon. Give him a call at 970.748.4413. Applications will be accepted through April 6th
, with interviews scheduled with the Town Council at its April 12th
meeting, at 5:00 p.m. A letter of interest and resume, with at least two (2) references should be submitted to the Town of Avon, Human Resources Department, P.O. Box 975, Avon, CO 81620, or faxed to 970-748-4415; emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org
; or dropped at Avon Town Hall, 1 Lake Street.
The Town of Avon thanks you for considering this important community commitment.