Boulder County: County Adopts Oil and Gas Regulations

On March 23, the Board of County Commissioners voted to adopt new regulations for oil and gas operations in the unincorporated areas of Boulder County. The new regulations are the most stringent in the State of Colorado. During their deliberations, the Commissioners expressed their continued regret and frustration that state law preempts local control inContinue reading “Boulder County: County Adopts Oil and Gas Regulations”

Boulder: County Stalls for Time

At a public hearing on Dec. 13, County staff requested more time to finalize and implement new oil and gas regulations based on direction given by the Board of County Commissioners. In the meantime, a moratorium on new oil and gas development in Boulder County will remain in place through May 1, 2017. County staff saidContinue reading “Boulder: County Stalls for Time”

Larimer: Incumbent Commissioners Re-elected

Steve Johnson (district 2) and Tom Donnelly (district 3) easily defeated Democratic opponents to win another four-year term on the Board of County Commissioners. The Fort Collins Board of REALTORS® and the Loveland Berthoud Association of REALTORS® supported both candidates. Their re-election is good for highway transportation proponents because Donnelly in particular, proposed a innovativeContinue reading “Larimer: Incumbent Commissioners Re-elected”

Weld County: Judge Challenges Commissioners

In August 2015 the Board of County Commissioners approved a special use permit allowing Martin Marietta to build an asphalt plant off of US 34 and Weld County Road 13. A nearby HOA and few other individuals and businesses (including a business called Motherlove Herbal Company) appealed the decision. On August 9 Weld District CourtContinue reading “Weld County: Judge Challenges Commissioners”

Larimer County: Group Pushing for Mental Health Ballot Question

A group called People for a Healthier Larimer County (PHLC) is lobbying for a .025 sales tax increase (25 cents per $100) to build a new mental health facility. The 51,000 SF building would offer 24-hour mental health services. Currently, residents experiencing a mental health crisis have few options; they can go to the emergencyContinue reading “Larimer County: Group Pushing for Mental Health Ballot Question”

Larimer County: Vacation Rental Issue Creating Conflict

Before 2010, vacation homes were allowed in Estes Park as an accessory use while Larimer County prohibited them in the surrounding area. That year the Estes Park Town Board and Larimer County Commissioners voted to allow vacation homes as a principle use throughout the Estes Valley. To do this, regulations in the Estes Park MunicipalContinue reading “Larimer County: Vacation Rental Issue Creating Conflict”

Larimer: Expect Changes To Flood Plain Maps

In the wake of the devastating September 2013 flood Larimer County officials want to review the County’s flood plain maps. In some cases rivers moved and/or created new channels, for example. FEMA does not require periodic review of flood plain maps but local governments often begin the process by making the request of State andContinue reading “Larimer: Expect Changes To Flood Plain Maps”

Gardner Wins 4-Year Term

Deb Gardner’s gamble paid off. After resigning her House seat earlier this year so that she could be appointed to the County Commission, Gardner was elected to serve on the Board of County Commissioners for Boulder County as the representative from District 2, which includes Longmont and Lyons. The Longmont Association of REALTORS® endorsed RepublicanContinue reading “Gardner Wins 4-Year Term”

County Commissioner Race Heats up in District 1

Karen Stockley, who was ousted from the Thompson School Board by newcomer Bob Kerrigan, has announced her decision to run against incumbent Tom Donnelly in this November’s Larimer County Commissioner race. Stockley says she’d like to “streamline county government and represent all the residents of Larimer County.” According to the Reporter-Herald, Donnelly ran for theContinue reading “County Commissioner Race Heats up in District 1”