Golden Horseshoe discussion begins
SUMMIT COUNTY – Planning for recreation in the Golden Horseshoe open space property will start getting down to some nity-gritty details with the first meeting of the recreation distribution group today at 5:30 p.m. at the county courthouse in Breckenridge.The Golden Horseshoe, jointly acquired by the town and county in a complex open space deal, is located northeast of Breckenridge, bordered by the Swan River valley to the northa and east, the historic Parkville town site area to the east, French Gulch to the south and the town of Breckenridge to the west, southwest and northwest.The recreation group includes citizens, local planners and elected officals and forest service personnel. The group is charged with developing summer and winter trail use plans for the area. The natural resources group plans a site visit to the Golden Horsehoe Wednesday, May 31, meeting at 5:30 p.m. at the Bank of the West on French Street. Please call the open space and trails department, (970) 668-4060, to arrange for transportation.More details on the process are below:Golden Horseshoe Consensus-based Planning ProcessUpcoming Meetings (all meetings are open to the public):Plenary Group:June 12, 5:30 p.m. Breckenridge Town Hall, Town Council ChambersJuly 5, 6:00 p.m. County Commons, Buffalo Mountain Room, FriscoAugust 14, 5:30 p.m. Breckenridge Town Hall, Town Council ChambersSeptember 6, 6:00 p.m. County Commons, Buffalo Mountain Room, FriscoOctober 9, 5:30 p.m. Breckenridge Town Hall, Town Council ChambersRecreation Distribution Group:May 30, 5:30 County Courthouse, BOCC Meeting Room, 208 E. Lincoln Ave., BreckenridgeJune 6, 5:30 County Courthouse, BOCC Meeting Room, 208 E. Lincoln Ave., BreckenridgeNatural Resources Group:May 31, 5:30 Meet in front of Bank of the West, 106 N. French Street, Breckenridge for site visit PLEASE CONTACT THE OPEN SPACE AND TRAILS DEPARTMENT AHEAD OF TIME IF YOU WOULD WANT TO ATTEND IN ORDER TO PLAN FOR TRANSPORTATIONJune 8, 5:30 Meet in front of Bank of the West, 106 N. French Street, Breckenridge for site visit PLEASE CONTACT THE OPEN SPACE AND TRAILS DEPARTMENT AHEAD OF TIME IF YOU WOULD WANT TO ATTEND IN ORDER TO PLAN FOR TRANSPORTATION Historic Resources Group:May 30, 6:00 p.m. Breckenridge Town Hall, Community Development office. ADDITIONAL MEETINGS OF THE RECREATION DISTRIBUTION, NATURAL RESOURCES, AND HISTORIC RESOURCES GROUPS WILL BE SCHEDULED THROUGHOUT THE SUMMER.FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION AND TO GET ON AN EMAIL DISTRIBUTION LIST REGARDING THE GOLDEN HORSESHOE MANAGEMENT PLAN PROCESS, CONTACT THE OPEN SPACE AND TRAILS DEPARTMENT AT (970) 668-4060.Background:Summit County Government, the Town of Breckenridge, and the U.S. Forest Service Dillon Ranger District are working cooperatively to develop a management plan for the Golden Horseshoe area. The management plan will provide for protection of natural resources, cultural resources, and view corridors while providing for appropriate motorized and non-motorized recreation opportunities. The initial focus will be on travel management issues namely which trails will be open to which uses in the Golden Horseshoe.The Golden Horseshoe is located northeast of downtown Breckenridge in unincorporated Summit County. It is bordered by the Swan River valley to the north and east, the historic Parkville town site area to the east, the French Gulch valley to the south, and the Breckenridge town limits to the west, southwest, and northwest.Four groups have been convened to assist in the development of the management plan:Plenary OSAC/BOSAC/FS ?Recreational Distribution citizens/staff/reps ?Natural Resources citizens/staffHistoric Resources citizens/staff? = facilitated meetingsThe role of each group is described below:Plenary Group Consists of members of OSAC, BOSAC and a representative of the Dillon Ranger District. The Plenary Group (the group of the whole) broadly represents the recreational, natural, historic, and public interests that need to be integrated into the plan. The primary role of the group is to review the work of the subgroups, recommend further actions, and reach consensus on a recommended approach and overall plan. Recreational Distribution Group Consists of citizens, staff and representatives of the Town Council, County Commission, and Forest Service. The group is charged with developing a summer and winter trail use plan that is consistent with the management philosophy, Vision, Values, and Goals, and addresses the concerns of the Natural Resources and Historic Resources groups. Natural Resources Group Consists of citizens and staff with a particular interest in natural resource protection and asset-based recreational opportunities. The group is charged with inventorying the GH property, identifying critical natural resource issues, and collaborating with the Recreational Distribution Group to assure that natural resources are adequately recognized and protected in the trail use plan. Historic Resources Group Consists of citizens and staff with a particular interest in historic resource protection and asset-based recreational opportunities. The group is charged with inventorying the GH property, identifying critical historical resource issues, and collaborating with the Recreational Distribution Group to assure that historic resources are adequately recognized and protected in the trail use plan. The groups will be engaged in the following phases in the collaborative planning process:Collaborative Process PhasesConveningExploring Issues (collaborative learning)Exploring OptionsScenario BuildingEvaluationDecision-makingDrafting Convening This phase involves… selecting participants determining roles developing ground rules and decision rules discussing principles of collaboration developing a timeline building working relationshipsExploring Issues This phase involves collaborative learning about… the issues that must be addressed the interests of participants agency directives management philosophy, vision, values, goals constraints on decision-makingExploring Options This phase involves… generating realistic ideas and options that… address the issues satisfy multiple interests meet agency directives management philosophy, vision, values, goals address constraints on decision-making Scenario Building This phase involves narrowing the options into one or more planning scenarios that best… address the issues satisfy multiple interests meet agency directives management philosophy, vision, values, goals address constraints on decision-making Evaluation This phase involves evaluating the scenarios publicly to… assess their feasibility and popularity discover options or modifications that have not been consideredDecision-making This phase involves… modifying the scenarios as needed selecting among the scenarios to find the best solution reaching consensus on a recommended course of action Drafting This phase involves… drafting a written plan and maps for submission to the US Forest Service pursuant to its NEPA public review process for the Dillon Ranger District. 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