Breckenridge reveals Sustainable Breck action plan |

Breckenridge reveals Sustainable Breck action plan

Caddie Nath
summit daily news

BRECKENRIDGE – Breckenridge unveiled the details of the 10-point Sustainable Breck action plan to the public Wednesday night at a well-attended open house.

The crowd of more than 50 community members appeared to show reserved support for the plan as presented.

“I think they’re on the right path,” Jen Goldstein, a Breckenridge resident said after a short presentation and a lap around the room looking at posters laying out the town’s goals for environmental, economic and social sustainability.

The action plan lays the groundwork for long-term projects such as a community solar garden and bike-share program and also describes ongoing objectives.

“This isn’t going to go on a bookshelf someplace,” Mayor John Warner said at the open house. “This is going to be a living document.”

The final initiative, set to be released in long form in the next few weeks, has been several years in the making.

The process began with a capacity analysis several years ago examining the realistic buildout that could be accommodated in the basin. That evaluation was followed up with a “2030 report” in which the town looked ahead to the year 2030 to try to project how the community would grow and evolve in the coming years.

Last summer, the town held five public meetings to gather community input. A sustainability task force, made up of three town council members, then took the findings and public feedback and developed the action plan – a prioritized list of steps intended to allow the community to enjoy local resources without compromising the ability of future generations to enjoy them as well, town officials said.

The Sustainable Breck action plan matrix distributed at Wednesday’s public hearing answers community directives with intended actions, sub-divided into projects already underway, steps that can be taken in the next year and long-term plans, as well as monitoring systems showing how the town will track its progress.

The sustainability goals fall under 10 headings: resource conservation, local economy, transportation, land use, water, housing, child care, wildlife habitat, forest health and recreation and open space.

Economic indicators marking the town’s progress toward the goals are online and will be updated monthly. Work toward goals in the other categories will be monitored with online “report cards” updated annually.

More information about the Sustainable Breck plan and the updated progress indicators are available online at under the Departments and Services tab and then the Community Development link.

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