Breckenridge takes steps to limit Main Street spaces |

Breckenridge takes steps to limit Main Street spaces

LORY POUNDERsummit daily newsSummit County, CO Colorado

BRECKENRIDGE With a unanimous vote, Breckenridge Town Council on Tuesday passed the first reading of an ordinance restricting future residential uses on the ground floor of Main Street and some adjacent streets.And as the council discussed these potential changes to the Land Use Guidelines, conversations about possibly restricting office space in the same area were rekindled.I think its a good ordinance and Im glad were doing it … but I really feel like we need to go to the next step and include office space as well, said Councilmember Rob Millisor during Tuesdays worksession. Discussion about limiting real estate offices on Main Street is what led to the discussion about residential restrictions in the first place, Councilmember Jeffrey Bergeron said. Also, Mayor Ernie Blake mentioned that he had never heard negative comments from people about the residential parts of the area, but had heard a number of negative comments about the office space. In the end, the council felt like the passing of the ordinance was important in order to be proactive, and that the concern about office space would become a separate topic for continued conversation.The real issue is the vibrancy of Main Street which is what this ordinance is trying to protect, Millisor said. Previously, the council studied other communities that put similar restrictions in place and saw the benefit of doing so. And in April, they reviewed recommendations by the Breckenridge Economic Development Advisory Commission (BEDAC) about limiting first-floor residences, sending those recommendations on to the planning commission that explored the issue at meetings in May and June. At the time, councilmembers said they wanted to protect the core shopping and dining area from becoming condos in the future since there is a high demand and a high price for in-town condos. Three years ago residential space could be purchased for $300 per square foot a number that has climbed to $970 today, Millisor said in April.Tuesday, the ordinance that passed first reading included revisions the council discussed during an afternoon worksession. The revisions that took place came from councilmembers concerns about making sure residential uses currently in place are protected even in the case of a fire so they can rebuild. Another revision included the Wellington lot in the restricted area.As a result, the Downtown Overlay District included is Main Street from French to Ridge streets, properties backing the Riverwalk, one-block sections of Lincoln, Ridge and Washington streets, and the Wellington lot area.From here, the ordinance is expected to come back to the Town Council for a second reading vote in August following a public hearing.Lory Pounder can be reached at (970) 668-4628, or at

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