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Condo-hotel approval triggers look at zoning

BOB BERWYN
summit daily news
Breckenridge, Colorado

SUMMIT COUNTY ” Despite concerns about water from the town of Breckenridge, county commissioners Tuesday gave the go-ahead for development of a 40-unit condo-hotel along Tiger Road, between Vic’s landing and the Highlands.

The Upper Blue Planning Commission previously approved the project, but the Town of Breckenridge appealed, based on concerns about stream flows and other factors ” including consistency with surrounding Breckenridge neighborhoods.

The property is served by a state-permitted well, subject to flow and use limitations. The owners must show a water plan to compensate for water lost in certain outside uses like irrigation or for hot tubs. In this case, the developers plan to truck water to the site.

Other water rights secured by the condo-hotel developers will be stored in ponds on a nearby property, to be available if downstream water users exercise their rights.

In a letter to the county commissioners, Breckenridge officials said they had some concerns with the augmentation plan.

County manager Gary Martinez said the town’s concerns were heard loud and clear, but in the end, the commissioners said the proposal met all county requirements for approval.

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The county attorney said after the meeting that the plan has been authorized by state officials.

The property is zoned B-1, a wide-ranging highway commercial district that allows for a variety of commercial uses, including lodging, retail and service.

The zoning dates back to 1969. There are few restrictions on density and setbacks for such parcels, said county planning director Jim Curnutte.

Other areas that were developed under similar zoning rules are the Gateway property near Keystone. Closer to the Tiger Road development is the old Wayside Inn, also on a B-1 parcel.

Nearby Breckenridge neighborhoods are mostly residential, prompting concerns about compatibility.

Curnutte said after the meeting that the approval process may have spurred the commissioners to think about the old zoning.

To update zoning, county officials would first look for citizen input on how well the development rules for those parcels mesh with today’s community vision.

But the planning department has not been formally directed to study the issue, Curnutte said.

The commissioners also wanted some assurance that the property would be managed and operated as a condo-hotel, not as long-term housing.

An attorney for the developer suggested the terms could be spelled out by formal condo association documents.

Bob Berwyn can be reached at (970) 331-5996, or at bberwyn@summitdaily.com.