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Breck residents invited to help shape town’s future

BRECKENRIDGE – Build-out, compounded traffic woes and possibly lower snowpacks threaten the character of Breckenridge. Locals are invited to a meeting Monday to address issues toward preserving the community over the next two decades.

“This is really exciting and really important for the community,” said town Councilwoman Jen McAtamney, who serves on the town’s Sustainability Task Force.

Housing, recreation, environment, economy, traffic and more are topics involved in the Sustainable Breck project. The aim is to maintain the town’s character through its Vision Plan – which also involved public input – while taking into account changes predicted to affect the tourist destination.

Though the project’s scope is much more broad than what has been done in Colorado, communities such as Santa Monica, Calif. and Whistler, British Columbia in Canada have created plans town staff have used to gain ideas.

“We’re looking at the broad picture,” town planner Chris Kulick said, adding that Whistler – another ski community – has many parallels to Breckenridge and also went through a similar process involving the public.

Monday’s meeting is to involve information on the project and feedback from the public. It’s scheduled from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Beaver Run Conference Center.

Auden Schendler, executive director of sustainability for Aspen Skiing Company is to speak at the meeting. Schendler wrote the book, “Getting Green Done: Hard Truths from the Front Lines of the Sustainability Revolution.”

McAtamney said the Town of Breckenridge’s Sustainability Task Force has come up with specific issues to be addressed, and community input is desired to find “what are the tipping points.”

For example, town parking reaches its maximum about 24 days per year. By 2030, that number is expected to be as high as 45 days per year.

“There are all kinds of ways to address the problem,” McAtamney said, adding that travel-demand management or carpool incentives could be among options.

Specific changes expected to affect the community are outlined in the Summit Leadership Forum’s 2030 Forecast for Summit County, which was released in 2008. A link to the report’s summary is available on the town’s website at in Community Development under the Departments and Services tab.

Free child care by licensed providers is to be available Monday; reservations are required and may be made by calling (970) 453-3160.

“This is a great opportunity for Breckenridge residents to help shape our community’s future,” Councilman Jeffrey Bergeron said in a press release. “Everyone is encouraged to come to the meeting and for the free snacks.”

SDN reporter Robert Allen can

be contacted at (970) 668-4628 or

What: Sustainable Breck meeting

When: Monday, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Where: Beaver Run Conference Center

Cost: Free; includes light refreshments and child care, which may be reserved by calling (970) 453-3160

More information:

Check out other sustainability plans Breckenridge is using

for ideas:

Santa Monica, Calif.,

Ann Arbor, Mich.,

Whistler, British Columbia,


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