Breck OKs Warrior’s Mark annexation
BRECKENRIDGE – Breckenridge town council members last week approved on first reading a bill that annexes the Warrior’s Mark subdivision and puts it in eight newly created land use districts to guide zoning there.
Approval of the bill is the last step required to finalize the incorporation of the neighborhood. In October,voters in Warrior’s Mark and Warrior’s Mark West approved a ballot question to annex the neighborhood to the town.
Voters turned down a similar initiative in 1996 by a vote of 116-102. Annexation proponents blamed timeshare unit owners of skewing the vote, as each one – potentially up to 50 owners per unit – was allowed to cast a ballot. This time, proponents excluded Woods Manor from the map of the area proposed for incorporation into the town but included the Warrior’s Mark West area along White Cloud Drive.
As new residents of the town of Breckenridge, those who live in Warrior’s Mark will pay in-town rates at town facilities, including the golf course, ice rinks, recreation center and Gold Hill Nordic Center. They also will pay slightly higher property taxes and new taxes associated with lodging, utilities and real estate sales.
This time, proponents touted the benefits of being citizens to help sway the vote. Opponents of the initiative said they didn’t want to be subject to additional taxes and that they liked the services they receive from the county.
County and town officials have been working together to smooth the transition. The town took over bus operations in the area immediately after the election, and have since been trying to identify the best land use districts in which to put the neighborhood.
The town has myriad land use districts, but none of them fit the eclectic residential neighborhood. Placing them in any given district would have made most homes noncompliant under town codes immediately, so under a separate council bill also approved last week, town council created Land Use Districts 30-1 through 30-8.
Jane Stebbins can be reached at (970) 668-3998 ext. 228 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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