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With all of the forest land and open space, Summit County is not overbuilt

Dan Vaughn - Summit Cove

Your July 14 editorial “Weighing the aftermath of the Copper debacle” was on target regarding the cumbersome process under which major land use projects get reviewed in this county. I know this to be a fact. I have been involved with lengthy development reviews as a former member of the Summit County Planning Department, a practicing landscape architect and a member of the Snake River Planning Commission. Anything that can be done to streamline major project reviews will remove a great burden from the planning staffs, planning commissions, the public and applicants.I do take exception to one statement in your editorial. You state: “… Intrawest proposed new density for a landscape that is arguably overbuilt.” Summit County is more than 85 percent open space in National Forest lands and lands acquired by the Summit County Open Space and Breckenridge Open Space Committees.According to the Summit County Planning Department, the county is 67 percent built-out. What you see today is ostensibly what you are going to get. There will be some spaces filled in along Main Street in Breckenridge and Frisco; a few more homes will be built in Summit Cove and the Highlands; the Peak 7 and 8 village will be built and the Mountain House at Keystone will be redeveloped. There are very few places left to build in Summit County. Further, with the planning staffs’, town boards’, county commissioners’ and planning commissions’ penchant for reducing density along with environmental and other constraints, we may never see all of the remaining 33 percent built. In this context, “arguably overbuilt” is somewhat inflammatory at best and not supported by the facts. Eighty-five percent of the land mass of Summit County is a considerable amount of open space no matter how you feel about the built environment of our fair county.


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