Breckenridge City Council begins refining short-term rental regulations

Breckenridge City Council has continually discussed short-term rental regulations over the past few months, and the council could come to a conclusion in the coming weeks.
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For the past few weeks, members of Breckenridge City Council have focused on how to define properties in the resort area – formerly known as “exempt properties” – and briefly discussed other residential areas on the potential map on Tuesday. short term rental.

Mark Truckey, director of community development, said city staff members have set up two options for short-term rental areas: Option A and Option B. Option A was designed if council were to adopt a resort property exemption, and option B was created if this no distinction is made and all short term rentals close to the ski area are lumped into one group. Both options end with the same unit total and short-term rental total, but they each divide the areas differently.

This table shows the total number of units and the total number of units that are short-term rentals in each zone based on the two options identified for Zone 1. Resort properties are separated in Option A and do not are not included in area calculations, but are included in Option B area calculations.
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In previous meetings, some council members have expressed interest in looking at what the map would look like if the city shifted gears to using land use districts to identify areas rather than focusing on traditional neighborhoods and draw the boundaries that way.

Zone 1, which would already have the highest allocation for short-term rentals, already meets many land use guidelines that allow for higher density.

Most board members agreed with Option B, but still wanted additional resort status for certain properties that offered amenities like shuttles or conference space. Council member Kelly Owens said using Option B boundaries while creating a distinction for resort units might be the best way forward.

Under Option B, the criteria for Zone 1 would apply to all land use districts that include any of the following: “desired character and function” of the district, including phrases related to the the ski resort, walking distance or proximity to ski lifts, ski base facility pick-up and other similar expressions; residential uses of 15 units per acre or more; and allows “housing”. These properties are located west of Main Street and south of North French Street.

For the Zone 2 overlay, this would allow for a smaller percentage of short-term rentals. Residential units must use 12 units per acre or more (as identified in the “Acceptable Land Uses and Intensities” land use districts), which are not allowable in Zone 1. Properties must be located at south of North French Street and south of Wellington Road.

“I think one of the things I like about B is that there are no exclusions and so it feels like people would know, real estate agents would know (and) the people living there would know if they’re or they’re out. There wouldn’t be any weird boundaries to consider,” Owens said. “I don’t know if that’s a real deal breaker, but I also love the resort (status).”

Council member Dick Carleton said at this stage he hoped council could come to a decision quickly, as council has continually discussed short-term rentals over the past few months.

“We have been working on this for a long time. I think we have made a lot of progress. Thanks to (city staff),” Carleton said. “You’ve been to every meeting, and we seem to be giving you a long list of more things we want to see. The real estate community really needs it – and with rising interest rates, the flattening economy and declining economic confidence – I don’t know if it’s fair for them to keep watching and watching. I’d like to see us sort of wrap up on our side.

Mayor Eric Mamula said further details on the overlay district will be discussed at the July 12 meeting and a possible first reading could be scheduled for July 26.


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