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Planner Profile: Mark Truckey, AICP

NAME: Mark Truckey

TITLE: Community Development Director

COMPANY/EMPLOYER: Town of Breckenridge

Tells us a little about yourself professionally.
I started my Planning career in Washington State, working nine years primarily on long range planning and environmental planning efforts. The last 20 years I’ve worked in Colorado, first as Long Range Planning Manager at Summit County, and then with the Town of Breckenridge. I’ve been fortunate to have worked on some impactful planning programs here, including a successful Transfer of Development Rights/Backcountry Zoning program, acquisition of thousands of acres of open space, comprehensive planning efforts, the SustainableBreck Plan and the Town’s 100% renewable energy goals, protection of the Town’s National Historic District, and an aggressive housing program to assist our local workforce.

Tell us how and why you got into planning.
I was taking classes in the Geography Department at Northern Michigan University and one of my professors urged me to look into their Planning curriculum. That got the ball rolling, as I quickly saw how many of my interests (environmental protection, cartography, landscape planning) could all be shaped by working as a planner.

Tell us a little about yourself outside of planning.
I have a wife and two daughters, who I spend as much time as I can with. We all love to travel, and took a trip to France, Spain, and Italy together in 2019. I grew up in a family of seven, with four brothers and two sisters—we are all best friends to this day. I love outdoor recreation and living in the mountains. In the winter I’m out downhill skiing and Nordic skiing whenever I can. In the summer it changes to mountain biking, hiking, backpacking, climbing peaks, and SUPing rivers. I also love going to live music, particularly at Red Rocks, and enjoying a good IPA!

Who is your planning hero or role model?
I don’t have planning heroes. My heroes are endurance athletes that have accomplished amazing feats like the mountain climber Reinhold Messner and Nordic skiing legends like Bjorn Dahle. Their relentless pursuit of a goal is something that us planners should strive for—good planning takes time and, yeah, it’s a marathon!

What makes planning special/interesting/difficult/fun in Colorado?
Working here in the mountains is amazing as we have an opportunity to preserve the high country environment that surrounds our small communities. Many people negatively react to some of the development that they see in Town but do not realize that the Town has actively prevented thousands of acres of backcountry surrounding the Town from being developed. The Town’s Historic District is unique and honestly what gives Breckenridge much of its character. Protecting these assets is understandably a challenge with all the pressures for development we face—it is a highly desirable place that people want to visit and move to.

What’s one place in Colorado you would recommend everyone visit or experience at least once?
The Cimarron Mountains are a subrange of the San Juan Mountains just southeast of Ridgway. Take the road to Owl Creek Pass and find a trail to hike or mountain to climb. It is classic Colorado.
 

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