Letter to the editor: Breckenridge task force overlay district map is biased | SummitDaily.com

Letter to the editor: Breckenridge task force overlay district map is biased

Chris Balenske
Denver and Breckenridge

The first draft of the overlay district map is on the town of Breckenridge website. Yes, this is preliminary, but this draft makes me call into question the motives and logic of the task force.

I support controls on short-term rentals as well as building and obtaining more workforce housing, but this map seems suspiciously selective.

I assumed that when there was a decision to make a zoning map, it would be created in a logical fashion based on geographic locations and their relation to primary uses. But instead, it appears the task force has looked only at individual complexes and cherry-picked.

Glaring anomalies:

  • Why is the top of Warriors Mark part of Zone 2, when Zone 2 is primarily made up of Main Street? This one is so baffling it hints of corruption or is a thinly veiled “give back” so Town Council can seem impartial when they amend it.
  • Why are there specific buildings picked out around Zone 3, the historic/business district? (Disclosure: I own a unit there.) Tannhauser 1, 2 and Blazing Saddles are islands surrounded by Zone 2, the area that is swarming with tourists. Don’t let the random stretches of Zone 3 in downtown fool you; those are parking lots and pathways that would never be developed.
  • The Atrium is in the historic district (Zone 3) surrounded by Zone 2? Yet Tannhauser 1, 2 and Blazing Saddles are not? Odd.

I would encourage Town Council and the task force to draw these maps in a way that is rational. The building where my unit is located has never had more than a handful of long-term rentals for decades. There is no data that suggests it was ever a significant source of local housing.

Yes, I am biased, but parts of this map are, too.

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