Ken Nelson: Breckenridge Restaurants Assn. supports Peak 6 expansion
Breckenridge Restaurants Association
The Breckenridge Restaurant Association supports Alternative 2 of the draft EIS proposed for the development of Peak 6. While opponents have made well-reasoned substantive arguments against Alternative 2, the Association believes the managed growth of the ski area, and subsequently our community, is best served by Alternative 2.
Facing a forecast in the growth of recreational skiers, Alternative 2 appropriately accommodates Breckenridge Ski Area operations within the permitted area. Additionally, Alternative 1 and Alternative 3 fall short of adequately addressing this growth and represent a backwards step for our community, the resort and town guests.
The quality skiing and summer operations of the Breckenridge Ski Resort, the historic feel of the Town of Breckenridge and the attractive recreational qualities of Summit County have been well served by the nearly 50 years of decision making governed by guidelines specified by the EPA, the Forest Service, Summit County and the Town of Breckenridge.
Interestingly, this round of planning included a Memorandum of Understanding, or MOU, which has been signed by the Town, Breckenridge Ski Area and Summit County. The MOU, crafted by a local task force created in January of 2008, is unique to the draft EIS now being considered and reflects the desire by the Forest Service to consider local community, economic and social requirements within the EIS framework.
An example of how well this task force generated MOU has worked is the recent decision by the ski area to withdraw from alternative 2 its plans for a Peak 6 restaurant. This is a decision the Association applauds as it will reduce impact of the expansion by reducing utility trenching and structure size on Peak 6 and is a change even opponents of Alternative 2 would support.
We believe the draft EIS now being considered by the Forest Service represents the most advanced and careful decision process ever undertaken by our communities and stand behind the comprehensive nature of Alternative 2 as a way to plan for recreational growth.
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