Over the past 17+years, parking and traffic congestion have been a growing concern to our citizens; as shown in the 2006 Community Survey and in the 'Important Issues' poll in 2013. The BRECKENRIDGE VISION - developed by the community in 2001/02 - laid out the top issues of Community Character, Economic Viability/Sustainability, Natural Resources and Transportation.
Parking & Transportation Plan Timeline:
December 2014: Establishment of a Parking & Transit Task Force comprised of community members representing a wide variety of businesses and citizens.
August - November 2015: Based on the Breckenridge Ski Resort/Vail Resorts agreement in August, a Resolution was passed to put this issue on the ballot. In the November election, Breckenridge citizens approved a "lift ticket tax" for the purpose of long-term funding for parking and transit solutions by a margin of 5 to 1. With the successful passage, an Ordinance was approved in 2016 to establish a lift ticket tax.
February - June 2016: Community/Citizen Process - series of three public meetings to develop a Parking & Transportation Comprehensive action Plan with transportation and planning experts, DTJ Design and Nelson-Nygaard. View the videos of April 25, 2016 and June 13, 2016 Community Meetings, as well as the Preliminary Findings from the February 2016 meeting, Design Options presented at the April meeting, and the presentation on June 14, 2016.
June 28, 2016 - Council discussion & approval to move forward with several recommendations made by parking experts Nelson-Nygaard, in conjunction with DTJ Design totaling nearly $6.5 million in projects and improvements.
March 2017 - As a recommendation from the Transportation, Parking and Urban Design Study, the Town took a look at modern roundabouts to improve vehicular flow and safer pedestrian crossings on Park Avenue/SH 9. Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) was an active participant.
Today: Town staff, along with the citizen Parking & Transit Task Force, continues to move forward with specific action items. Updates from staff to Town Council are a standing item on the work session agendas which are held twice monthly. Sign up to receive notices and packets which contain the Parking & Transportation Solutions Updates.