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Congress to Reform Flood Insurance in 2016

In January, the House of Representatives held the first in a series of roundtables and hearings on the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). The program must be reauthorized before September 30, 2017 in order to keep selling flood insurance. Prior to … Continue reading

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Colorado: Colorado Fails to Secure Resiliency Grant

In 2015 The State applied for $273.2 million in the National Disaster Resilience Competition. Unfortunately, Colorado lost out to east coast “heavy hitters” such as New York, Virginia and New Orleans. Northern Colorado would have benefited if Colorado’s application had been … Continue reading

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Colorado: State of the State

Governor Hickenlooper’s State of the State speech on Jan. 14 touched on many issues of interest to those of us in the real estate industry. The Governor asked for legislation to fund water projects included in the Colorado Water Plan. … Continue reading

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Colorado Association of Realtors: Legislative Update

CAR’s Legislative Policy Committee (LPC) held its first meeting of the session last week. Vice-President for Public Policy Ted Leighty and contract lobbyist Jason Hopfer told the LPC that the Homeowner Opportunity Alliance (HOA), of which CAR is a member, … Continue reading

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Greeley: Ambitious Work Plan for 2016

City Manager Roy Otto unveiled his 2016 work plan on Jan. 26. Included in the plan is a list of 15 citywide initiatives, some of which are of interest to our industry. Of note is the Comp Plan Phase 1. … Continue reading

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Weld County: Weld Wants to Opt-Out of Gas/Oil Rules

The Weld County commissioners hope to avoid implementing new rules just approved by the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (COGCC) by making their own regulations. The COGCC rules are the result of changes suggested by Governor Hickenlooper’s task force … Continue reading

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Loveland: Changes in Store for As-Built Policy

Several years ago LBAR successfully convinced the City of Loveland to adopt an “as-built” policy to allow homeowners with unpermitted basements and additions to get the work permitted after the fact. However, new Chief Building Official John Schumacher has suggested … Continue reading

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Loveland: Construction Defects Ordinance Will be Introduced in February

The Loveland City Council will consider a local construction defects ordinance sometime in February, according to Assistant City Manager Rod Wensing. He said the City understands that in many ways, the adoption of a local ordinance is a political and … Continue reading

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Loveland: Council Approves Funding for Fix North I-25 Coalition

The Loveland City Council approves a funding request from the Fix North I-25 Coalition in the amount of $20,000. So far, the Coalition (led by David May, CEO of the Fort Collins Chamber and me) has been very successful in … Continue reading

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Loveland: Land Use Code Streamlined

On Jan. 19 the City Council approved updates and revisions to the Land Use Code. The changes establish a common framework for the review of development applications. The framework provides a clear and standardized approach that can be adjusted to … Continue reading

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