More Bad News about Impact of Ballot Measures

Coloradoans for Responsible Reform (www.donthurtcolorado.com) is now estimating 117,000 jobs will be lost if Amendments 60, 61 and Proposition 101 pass. There are no recent polls to gauge public opinion on these measures, which are opposed by CAR and local REALTOR® associations. However, it is time to kick start the campaign to educate voters. AContinue reading “More Bad News about Impact of Ballot Measures”

Council Approves Language for Street Tax Measures

The Greeley City Council held a special meeting to approve the ballot language for two measures that will now appear on the November ballot. One question will ask voters to approve a .75 percent sales tax dedicated to road maintenance. The second question relates to the extension of the existing food sales tax, a majorityContinue reading “Council Approves Language for Street Tax Measures”

Development Proposal Generates Growth Debate

A third public hearing for Dry Creek, a 2,000-acre subdivision between Brighton, Fort Lupton and Dacono was tabled by the Weld County Commissioners after eight hours of discussion and testimony. Staff from multiple departments opposed the project, saying it would not be financially sustainable with a $6 million gap between Dry Creek’s property tax revenuesContinue reading “Development Proposal Generates Growth Debate”

Revised Floodplain Regulations Could Limit Construction

City staff and the Water Board are recommending that the City prohibit building in the Poudre River’s 100 year floodplain, which is more restrictive than the existing code and would impact 2,000 acres and 256 parcels. As usual, there was a difference of opinion on Council. Wade Troxell opposed the stricter regulations while David RoyContinue reading “Revised Floodplain Regulations Could Limit Construction”

Neighborhood Compatibility Regulations Considered by City Council

The City Council is continuing its push to consider the means by which to regulate neighborhood compatibility in the older neighborhoods on both sides of College Avenue. The problem, according to some, is that scrape-offs or pop-ups are negatively impacting neighborhood character because they are out of scale with the surrounding houses. At a recentContinue reading “Neighborhood Compatibility Regulations Considered by City Council”

Comissioners Say No to Energy Improvement District

The Fort Collins based group, Community for Sustainable Energy (CSE), was disappointed when the Larimer County Commissioners turned down their request to put a question on the November ballot to create an energy improvement district. Their goal was ask voters to allow the County to issue bonds, creating a funding source for residential energy efficiencyContinue reading “Comissioners Say No to Energy Improvement District”

Council Votes Against Landlord Agent Proposal

An Agent of Record (AOR) ordinance was the topic of discussion at a City Council meeting on August 24. LAR opposed the proposal because it would mandate that landlords living outside a 40 mile radius of Longmont to hire an agent to represent their properties. City staff argued the program was needed to ensure landlordsContinue reading “Council Votes Against Landlord Agent Proposal”

No Solution to Rural Road Funding

After a citizens’ committee spent months looking at the issue, there is still no reasonable solution to the dilemma of how to pay for rural road maintenance (that is, maintenance other than filling potholes and snow plowing). Property owners were surveyed and unsurprisingly a majority did not want to pay an additional $130 a yearContinue reading “No Solution to Rural Road Funding”