Letter to the Editor: Peak 8 neighborhoods should be considered resort housing in Breckenridge’s rental zoning

Paul and Cathy Huffman

As a 23-year owner of a White Wolf property that has always been part of a short-term rental program for resort guests, along with probably more than half of the other properties in the neighborhood, it is very frustrating to now learn that White Wolf will not be in Zone 1 as originally proposed by Breckenridge Town Council. 

I would strongly ask that Breckenridge reconsider this decision. Trying to base this decision off old land use districts in today’s environment for neighborhoods that were not even in existence at the time the districts were established makes no sense.  

White Wolf is one-half mile from the base of Peak 8 on Ski Hill Road, and the Nordic trails are in our backyard with sidewalks to town and to Peak 8. White Wolf’s proximity and location to Peak 8 should put it right in the path and perfect location for resort short-term guests, as well as second homes for many others. White Wolf homes have never been or probably never will be the type of property or location where resort employees or young people moving to Breckenridge are going to be long-term renting or trying to purchase.

I do not agree that short-term licensing restrictions is the solution to community affordable housing, especially in neighborhoods such as White Wolf, Park Forest, and the Settlement. The very existence and success of these neighborhoods is due to their desirability to resort guest and second homeowners. Most all the homeowners in these areas are individuals, not large corporations and very much share your love and equally want the best for all of Breckenridge and its future success.

I think it is very important that the interest of all those that love Breckenridge — whether they be part time or full-time residents — be considered. 


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