FEMA Finalizing Little Thompson Flood Maps

In 2005, FEMA and the Colorado Water Conservation Board (CWCB) conducted a floodplain map modernization process and created digital floodplain maps for Larimer County. The three major river basins (and their tributaries) in Larimer County affected by these digital map conversion efforts were the Poudre River, Big Thompson River and Little Thompson River. The effortsContinue reading “FEMA Finalizing Little Thompson Flood Maps”

NCLA Hosting Legislative Preview

The Northern Colorado Legislative Alliance (NCLA) will hold its 2012 Legislative Preview on Thursday, January 5th at 7:30 AM at American Eagle Distributing Co./Budweiser in Loveland.  The event will feature discussions on issues of highest priority to the organization and the business community in Northern Colorado. With NCLA’s continuing theme, Business Vitality First, the eventContinue reading “NCLA Hosting Legislative Preview”

Changes to Legislative Districts will Impact Area

Every ten years our state is required to review the boundaries of Colorado legislative districts and revise them if needed. There are a variety of issues that are to be taken into consideration, including census data and other, more nebulous criteria. Inevitably the process is highly political as both major parties try to figure outContinue reading “Changes to Legislative Districts will Impact Area”

Fracking – Changing the Drilling Game

Hydraulic fracturing (fracking) has been in the news a lot recently. Utilizing new drilling technology, fracking allows energy companies to profitably extract oil from shale in the Niobrara formation, a vast repository of oil buried deep beneath the eastern plains of Colorado. Virtually all drilling in our state now utilizes the fracking process and moreContinue reading “Fracking – Changing the Drilling Game”

Fight Brewing in 2012 Colorado Legislative Session Over Property Tax Exemption

Gov. Hickenlooper is proposing that the State suspend the Senior Homestead Exemption for another year in his 2012-2013 budget. He is also proposing a long-term fix for the program that would allow it to be triggered only in years in which growth in the state’s personal income exceeds that of fiscal year 2007-2008, the mostContinue reading “Fight Brewing in 2012 Colorado Legislative Session Over Property Tax Exemption”

Colorado Judge Rules State’s School Funding Violates Constitution

A Denver judge has ruled that the state’s school-funding system is not “thorough and uniform” as mandated by the state constitution. In the 183-page ruling the judge said Colorado school funding “is not rationally related to the mandate to establish and maintain a thorough and uniform system of free public schools. This decision (Lobato vs.Continue reading “Colorado Judge Rules State’s School Funding Violates Constitution”

Congress Extends Flood Insurance

On December 16, 2011 Congress extended National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) authority through May 31, 2012. This latest extension was a part of H.R. 2055, a “megabus” appropriations bills to fund the federal government’s 2012 fiscal year. NAR is urging Congress to use the additional time to complete work on a 5-year NFIP re-authorization billContinue reading “Congress Extends Flood Insurance”

REALTORS® Urge Comprehensive Mortgage Finance Reform

On December 7, a NAR member testified before the House Financial Services Subcommittee on Capital Markets and Government Sponsored Enterprises regarding legislation to bring private capital back into the secondary mortgage market. 
The Private Mortgage Market Investment Act, introduced by Rep. Scott Garrett (R-NJ), could help create standards of uniformity, provide investors with greater transparencyContinue reading “REALTORS® Urge Comprehensive Mortgage Finance Reform”

Louisville Campus Plans Suspended Indefinitely

The future of the research campus that was once projected to bring thousands of high-paying primary jobs to Boulder County remains murky. The decision earlier this year to split ConocoPhillips into two separate companies coupled with the announcement that a key corporate supporter of the project would retire, have derailed the plan to create aContinue reading “Louisville Campus Plans Suspended Indefinitely”

Boulder County Announces New Energy Efficiency Loan Program

The ClimateSmart Loan Program approved by Boulder County voters in 2008 fell prey to federal regulators in 2010 when Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac announced they wouldn’t buy mortgages with property assessment energy loans attached to them like ClimateSmart. These loans, commonly known by the acronym PACE (property assessed clean energy loans), were considered toContinue reading “Boulder County Announces New Energy Efficiency Loan Program”