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Long Range and Town Master Planning Program

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McCain Property Master Plan:
This plan was recently updated to include modifications related to a future school parcel, workforce housing, overflow parking, and open space. Other minor modifications are included in the update as well. A work session was held at the Town Council meeting on September 11, 2018. An open house and Planning Commission work session were held on October 2, 2018. A public hearing was held during the Planning Commission meeting on November 6, 2018 and at Town Council on November 13, 2018. The Town Council approved the update on November 13.

SustainableBreck is an effort to further the goals of the Town's Vision Plan through developing recommendations for environmental, economic and social sustainability. The SustainableBreck Plan, adopted by the Town Council in 2011, outlines a series of actions to promote sustainability in the community, including actions to reduce the Town’s carbon footprint. A series of monitoring indicators are also included so that progress on key components in the Plan can be tracked over time and the Plan’s effectiveness can be measured. The most recent annual report card regarding this progress was released January 2014. 
Joint Upper Blue Master Plan:
The towns of Blue River and Breckenridge, along with Summit County, adopted the Joint Upper Blue Master Plan initially in 1997 and the Plan was updated in 2011. The Joint Upper Blue Master Plan provides a common and cooperative planning approach to land use issues in the Upper Blue Basin. Cornerstones of the plan include a cap on density increases in the basin, a backcountry protection strategy, transfer of development rights program, and density reduction targets. The Joint Upper Blue Master Plan web page provides further information and a link to the master plan document. 

Vision Plan:
The Vision Plan, adopted in 2002, articulates the community’s preferred future and charts steps toward that future. Public involvement was a key shaper of the plan. The core of the plan identifies the community’s shared values and purposes, and identifies what the community should look like socially, economically and environmentally in 10-20 years. The Vision Plan web page provides further information and a link to the plan document. 

Town of Breckenridge Comprehensive Plan:
The Comprehensive Plan provides specific policy direction for the Town of Breckenridge as it considers future decisions affecting the Town's land use, transportation systems, and a host of other important issues. The Comprehensive Plan is intended to more fully carry out the general guidance provided in the Town's Vision Plan. The Plan was last updated in 2008.

See the Town of Breckenridge Transportation, Circulation and Main Street Reconstruction Plan, Phase I  - Summary of Recommendations (May 2001)

Transfer of Development Rights (TDR) Program:
Transfer of Development Rights (TDRs) are a land use planning tool that is authorized by the Town of Breckenridge to encourage development rights to be moved out of undesirable locations for development (e.g., backcountry areas) and instead be moved to locations in the urbanized core of Breckenridge that can better accommodate additional development potential. The Town and Summit County have actively partnered through an Intergovernmental Agreement to allow development rights to be transferred from unincorporated County lands to within the Town boundaries. The primary benefit of the program is to protect backcountry areas for their environmental, recreational, and open space values. Since its inception in 2000, the TDR program has been successful, protecting almost 1,000 acres of backcountry land that was previously in private ownership. 

The Town developed a comprehensive wayfinding plan for vehicular and pedestrian signage in 2007. The purpose of developing a wayfinding plan is to make it easy for our community and visitors to find our public amenities and parking areas. The plan was divided into three phases, Phase I – Vehicular Signage, Phase II – Pedestrian Signage and Phase III – Transit Signage. Phase I and Phase II have been completed to date. The character of the Town’s wayfinding signs took cues from our mining history with the use of heavy timbers, metal fasteners and corrugated metal. The end look and feel is unique to Breckenridge, reflective of our history, yet timeless and maintainable.

Economic Indicators:
The Town of Breckenridge monitors indicators aimed at providing information to the business community, Town Council and citizens regarding both local and national economic conditions that may affect local tourism. The Town is continuing to monitor these and update the website on a monthly basis in order to inform interested parties of trends over time. Examples of indicators include: local retail, real estate and lodging sales, foreclosures, unemployment (local, state and national), traffic numbers at the Eisenhower tunnel and Highway 9, and sales tax comparisons to other ski resort areas.

Economic indicators were developed as a result of the Breckenridge Economic Development Advisory Committee recommended actions in 2010. It later became incorporated into the SustainableBreck Plan which furthers the goals of the Town's Vision Plan through developing recommendations for environmental, economic and social sustainability. In January 2011, economic indicators were developed and placed on the Town website.

You can find the monthly economic indicators here.

Questions regarding the Economic Indicators? Please contact Julia Puester, Senior Planner, at (970) 453-3174 or

Section 9-1-19 Policy 4/A Mass (Renewable Energy Mechanical Mass Allowance):
On May 8, 2012, the Breckenridge Town Council adopted a modification to Policy 4/A Mass. This policy modification stemmed from the concern that many existing multifamily and commercial buildings in Town were at their maximum mass limitations as they were built prior to the current Land Use Guidelines adoption which prevented the ability of installing renewable energy systems on these structures. Policy 4 (Absolute) Mass has been revised to allow for additional mechanical room space for renewable energy systems such as solar hot water for existing multi-family and commercial structures.

To find Policy 4/A Mass, please see the Development Code Section 9-1-19-4A (Policy 4 (Absolute) Mass) or contact the Planning Department at (970) 453-3160. 
Neighborhood Preservation Policy aka Home Size Limitations (Policy 9-1-19 (4) Mass):
This policy is a result of concerns of the Town Council and citizens related to ensuring that the character of Town would be maintained and the character of the older neighborhoods would be preserved. Many neighborhoods had been experiencing teardowns, additions and were replaced with new construction that was out of scale of the homes in the neighborhood. There was concern that home sizes may continue to escalate and overwhelm the neighborhood character.

The Neighborhood Preservation Task Force was formed in 2009 to address impending neighborhood character changes due to the increasing size of homes in many neighborhoods. The Task Force consisted of 7 citizens and one Town Council member, and met over a 5 month period. Public open houses were held in July 2009. The neighborhood preservation policy was adopted by the Council in October 2009. It sets above ground square footage limitations for homes in subdivisions outside of the Historic Conservation District. Home sites without platted building or disturbance envelopes are exempted from the policy.

To see if home size limitations are applicable to your property, please review Development Code Section 9-1-19-4A (Policy 4 (Absolute) Mass) or contact the Planning Department at (970) 453-3160.

For more information on any of the long range planning topics described above, please contact Mark Truckey, Assistant Director, at 970-453-3184 or

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