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BOCC won’t endorse Lower Blue Master Plan provisions

Jane Reuter

BRECKENRIDGE – By a vote of 2-to-1, the Summit Board of County Commissioners agreed Tuesday to adopt the Lower Blue Master Plan without its mandatory provisions.

Commissioner Gary Lindstrom voted against the motion.

The move left many property owners – some of whom participated in the lengthy revision of the plan with those provisions – angry.

“It is unfortunate that Commissioners (Tom) Long and (Bill) Wallace seem to have little regard for the opinions of the majority of the citizens of the Lower Blue river concerning their master plan,” said George Beardsley, a property owner who put many hours into the revision process. “It is also unfortunate that they seem to have little regard for a valid hearing process.

“The final decision is, of course, theirs. But of the two hearings I have witnessed on this matter, their minds seem to have been made up in advance and they have wasted citizens’ time in testifying. This is not over, and it will all come home to roost in time.”

The commissioners’ positions haven’t changed since March, when they voted to continue their consideration of the plan to Tuesday. Then, as now, Commissioner Gary Lindstrom had minimal concerns with the plan, but Commissioners Tom Long and Bill Wallace found it too restrictive.

The proposed plan includes several mandatory provisions that, among other things, prohibit golf courses and downhill ski areas, require sensitive site design and require new development to minimize disturbance to environmentally sensitive areas.

The Lower Blue Planning Commission has adopted the plan. Typically, that’s enough. But because it includes mandatory provisions – which are essentially law – those also must be adopted by the BOCC.

Wallace said he’s not happy with Tuesday’s vote.

“But I could not accept all the mandatory provisions,” he said. “I felt the planning commission went way beyond what we were trying to accomplish by allowing mandatory provisions in the master plan. They made it a zoning document, which it’s not supposed to be.”

Long said the plan gets too specific, to the point of micro-managing development. When a plan gets that detailed, he said, some other things are bound to be missed.

The plan’s reach extends from Silverthorne north to the Grand County line, including many of the few remaining ranches in Summit County.

Jane Reuter can be reached at 668-3998, ext. 229, or by e-mail at

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