Breckenridge Mayor John Warner: “This is going to be a living document, it’s not going to just go on a bookshelf someplace.”
By Jenney Coberly
BRECKENRIDGE —Annual per capita water consumption has declined by nearly a third since 2000, down from about 250,000 gallons per person to less than 200,000 gallons — a good sign for the town’s long-term sustainability, according to a report released May 11.
To develop the plan, the town used a capacity analysis, envisioning how Breckenridge and Summit County will look in 2030 if things continue along the present course, covering everything from parking to wildlife. Can Breckenridge maintain both its unique character and economic health as it reaches buildout?
Mark Truckey and Chris Kulick of the community development department discussed the unveiling of the SustainableBreck Action Plan at a May 11 open house.
“We don’t just take a look at the green issues, which are obviously a very key component of this…. but in addition we look at the whole gamut of issues, like housing and child care, and we look at economic issues as well.” said Truckey.
An important part of the SustainableBreck Action Plan was gathering citizen input about what issues are important to them. Taking forest health as an example, survey results showed that mountain pine beetle mitigation is an area of great concern to residents. There is similar data for transportation, wildlife habitat, local economy, and child care, among others.
The community development department plans to maintain online progress charts for each area. Here’s a sample from the SustainableBreck website. Citizens are encouraged to go online and monitor the progress in areas of most concern to them, and contact the community development department with feedback and questions.
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