Town council to discuss development agreement that would enable site work before a final building permit is issued
By Summit Voice
SUMMIT COUNTY — The latest proposal for a new timeshare development at Peak 8, up for discussion at a July 24 town council meeting, could give the developers (Breckenridge Grand Vacation) an opportunity to get a head start on the proposed timeshare project by allowing them to start demolishing the Bergenhof and building infrastructure before the actual building permit is issued.
That would be a new path for the town, since development codes don’t allow site work to begin before a building permit is issued.
The deal, which has been in the works for several months, includes Vail Resorts selling the property to the timeshare developer, as well as an increase in overall density above what is allowed on the site and a decrease in parking spaces.
The developers also want to gain density by reclassifying already built and future proposed public restroom space, employee locker room space and storage spaces as listed in the Peak 7 and 8 Master Plan as skier services to new category that does not require density.
To sweeten the pot, the developer has proposed donating $25,000 to the town for preservation activities in Cucumber Gulch.
Check out the staff memo and the proposed development agreement in the town council packet for the July 24 meeting.
‘Tax hike’ headline spurred angry phone calls from residents; 2012 tax bills will go down after mill rate adjustment
By Bob Berwyn
SUMMIT COUNTY — Breckenridge officials took the unusual step of issuing a press release to correct information in a Nov. 9 Summit Daily New story originally headlined “Revenue dip has Breckenridge eyeing tax hike.”
After the story appeared, town officials started receiving phone calls from residents and property owners concerned about a possible tax hike, said town communication director Kim Dykstra-DiLallo. The town issued the statement to make it clear to residents and property owners that the council is not proposing a tax increase, which under Colorado law, can only occur with voter approval. Continue reading “Breckenridge: Town blasts newspaper for ‘misleading’ story”→
SUMMIT COUNTY — Plans for a new private school in Summit County could become a reality as soon as the start of the 2012 school year, with temporary classroom space in the old high school and CMC building at 103 South Harris Street in Breckenridge.
A group of citizens is requesting to lease space in the building for the proposed Peak School, to house about 30 students during the initial year of operations.
Public input wanted at July 26 work session as town formulates comments
By Bob Berwyn
SUMMIT COUNTY — The Breckenridge Town Council this week will consider a host of issues related to a proposed expansion on Peak 6, including impacts to forest and wildlife, plans for a proposed restaurant as part of the expansion and the cumulative impacts of the expansion. Get more background on the proposal and read past stories at the Summit Voice Peak 6 page.
At issue is a contentious plan to add several hundred acres of new lift-served terrain and expanding the resort’s footprint by another couple of miles across the Tenmile Range. The town is in the process of developing its formal comment letter on the plan. More details and all the public project documents are online at http://breckenridgepeak6.com/.
The Forest Service draft study for the proposal includes three options. The no-action alternative provides a baseline for comparison, alternative 2 is the preferred option of the Forest Service and the resort, while alternative 3 is a scaled-back version of the plan that is seen my many residents as a viable compromise that meets some of the resort’s objectives while leaving a smaller footprint on the land. Continue reading “Breckenridge town council to take a hard look at Peak 6 plan”→
The City Market satellite post office closed Friday, but the new French Street satellite office is not yet ready for business.
By Jenney Coberly
BRECKENRIDGE — Residents with post office boxes at the old satellite post office located at 410 North Park Avenue next to City Market will have to wait a few more days before their mail will be accessible to them. The mail is sitting unsorted in boxes at the main post office on Ridge Street. Residents who ask how they can get their mail are told that, at this time, they can’t.
Post office personnel and workers at the construction site at 410 S. French Street both estimated that the new satellite location would most likely be open for business June 2. Mail will remain unavailable to box holders until then.
Town manager Tim Gagen said the Postal Service mistimed its removal of the City Market satellite location. The postal service was likely under a contractual deadline to remove the building at the City Market location, he explained.
“They asked us if they could move in before they had a (certificate of occupancy) and we said no, we don’t do that for anyone else,” Gagen said.
Gagen said the town is willing to let them start using the new French Street location before all the construction check list items are complete, but only once all safety related issues are resolved. A certificate of occupancy can be issued with minor items left, like landscaping, for example, as long the developer posts a bond to make sure they’re completed.
Breckenridge Town Council members briefly addressed the post office issue at their May 24 retreat.
“I don’t know what to tell you about the post office other than they have people that just don’t tell the right story, and we can continually try to correct them,” said town manager Tim Gagen. “Their argument that we have denied them the right to do cluster and … or (do) residential pickup is totally false.”
Breckenridge Town Council seeks ways to preserve tennis courts at Carter Park
By Jenney Coberly
BRECKENRIDGE – The Breckenridge Town Council this week pondered whether to turn two of the four free tennis courts at Carter Park into additional parking, or whether to spend the funds needed to bring them to a playable condition.
“I don’t think we should get rid of those courts. They’re free courts, I know they cost the town (for upkeep) but I think it’s a great amenity,” council member Eric Mamula said during the May 24 council retreat. “I would like to spend the money to fix those courts back up. I’ve probably heard more about those courts than about people being mad that we raised the price on the indoor ones.”
Mark Burke agreed, saying, “I feel bad about losing the tennis courts, too. I just feel like if down the road we ever wanted to put new ones in, that’s a big expense.”
Town Council debates ways to reduce plastic bag usage
By Jenney Coberly
BRECKENRIDGE — Think globally, act locally is a well-worn environmental mantra, and this week, Breckenridge Town Council members considered how their town might be able to address its part in the worldwide scourge of plastic shopping bags.
Some 500 billion are produced annually and many of them end up drifting around in lakes and rivers, getting stuck in trees and being eaten by animals. The ones that do make it to the landfill break down into tiny toxic particles that linger in the environment for many years.
Some environmental groups estimate that the bags, and other plastic garbage, may kill up to 1 million sea creatures each year, and in some areas of the ocean, degraded plastic outweighs biomass by six to one, according to a report from the Algalita Marine Research Foundation.
Some council members were determined to tackle the issue head-on during the recent retreat.
“I believe that we need to take strong action on this, that we should be on the leading edge,” said council member Jennifer McAtamney. “If we do it over time, we have an opportunity to educate the people in our community and get them on board, and see why this is such a big deal,” she added.