Breck approves landscape ordinance |

Breck approves landscape ordinance

The Breckenridge Town Council approved a measure implementing changes to the town’s landscape policy which bring the policy into sync with new landscaping ordinances and town goals and priorities.

The ordinance, representing two years of work by town staff, passed by a unanimous vote on second reading at Tuesday’s town council meeting.

The ordinance adds fire mitigation requirements, which mirror those of the voluntary defensible space ordinance passed last year to the town’s absolute policy.

Under the relative policy, it rewards landscaping that takes a “holistic approach to improving forest health, using native plant material and preserves specimen trees,” town planner Jenn Cram said.

The new ordinance also encourages the use of fire-wise vegetation, as well as drought-tolerant plants to cut down on the need for year-round irrigation.

When the ordinance goes into effect it will be added to the town code, which is available for review online at

– Caddie Nath

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