Cheers and Jeers |

Cheers and Jeers


CHEERS: To current talks about restarting a community wireless effort, in order to help bring Summit County residents and businesses better, more reliable service. Hopefully, we learned the necessary lessons from the failed Beanpole Project a few years back.JEERS: To the lack of public sessions scheduled for review of the Peak 6 development plans in Breckenridge, which the resort has circled for its next expansion. The plans exist among a laundry list of projects in an informal master plan that revises the ski area’s existing Forest Service master plan, a document that dates back to the 1980s. It’s only been updated on a piecemeal basis with projects like the Imperial Express chair and the Peak 7 expansion from a few years ago. Certainly, the town, the people and the community have changed since that initial plan was created, and buy-in from the public is important, as it is our land that is being leased by Vail Resorts.CHEERS: To the idea of converting the Stan Miller property along Highway 9 and the Blue River near Breckenridge into town property. A long-term development plan submitted to the town could call for 76 affordable housing units and 35 market-rate homes. As the entry into Breckenridge, this would give both residents and visitors a community feel, and not an industrial one.CHEERS: To Silverthorne’s decision to re-evaluate its policies regarding impact fees and the new affordable housing initiative, and to exempt garages from the tax. While it means less money for affordable housing, it follows the agreements that were discussed between builders and officials before the ballot initiative was passed. This means more buy-in from the smaller building companies in the community, which is important, as the builders supported the measure which, in reality, is like a tax on themselves.

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