Meeting Thursday on 28.35 acres near Peak 7
Todd and Sherilyn Gourley
Thursday evening the Upper Blue Planning Commission meets to consider a proposal to develop a 28.35 acre parcel on Barton and Ski Hill Roads in the Peak 7 neighborhood (at 5:30 p.m. County Courthouse, 208 E. Lincoln Ave in Breckenridge.)
As adjacent homeowners, we are very concerned that the developer’s request to change the Master Plan of 1 unit/acre to more than double the allowed density would negatively impact the character of the neighborhood.
This ecosystem of forest, wetlands and beaver ponds provide an important habitat and access for many different species of migratory birds, beaver, and moose, which move from the High Country through this area to the wetlands below and through the adjacent National Forest to Cucumber Gulch.
One of the county goals is to “identify and protect important wildlife and habitat from adverse impacts of growth and development.” All of the current proposals would have an adverse impact on the habitat and movement corridors of the wildlife living in this area.
The Master Plan also states that “the County’s natural setting is its greatest asset,” and we believe that it is the natural setting that attracts people to Peak 7. It is certainly what attracted us.
We believe responsible, environmentally sensitive development of this parcel should include preservation of the established trails which are used by residents and wildlife alike.
Having an attractive natural area with a trail system accessible to the public is a real asset to the community and helps to preserve the character of the Peak 7 neighborhood.
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