Colorado: State Supreme Court Rules on Fracking Bans

Colorado’s highest court ruled voter-approved fracking bans in Longmont and Fort Collins are “invalid and unenforceable,” affirming lower courts’ past decisions. This case is important for the gas and oil industry obviously but it is also a victory for property rights. Fracking opponents were dismayed. Kaye Fissinger, president Longmont’s Our Health, Our Future, Our Longmont,Continue reading “Colorado: State Supreme Court Rules on Fracking Bans”

Longmont: Most Flood Money For Repair and Replacement

Kathy Fedler, serving as the City’s CDBG Disaster Recovery Manager, presented an update on how the City has used HUD disaster relief funding following the 2013 flood. In total, the City has received $2.6 million. A majority of the money has been used for home repair or replacement costs, including the purchase of replacement mobileContinue reading “Longmont: Most Flood Money For Repair and Replacement”

Boulder: Comp Plan Update Kicks Off

Boulder is ready to begin the community outreach that is the focus of the first phase of the Boulder Valley Comp Plan (BVCP) Update, the long-range planning vision for the City and County of Boulder. Clarion Associates offered this critique of the current Comp Plan, “While Boulder has been successful in preserving a ring ofContinue reading “Boulder: Comp Plan Update Kicks Off”

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”

Longmont: REALTORS Support Luallin

The Board of Directors of the Longmont Association of REALTORS approved a recommendation from the Government Affairs Committee to support Randy Luallin for Boulder County Commissioner, District 3. Mr. Luallin, a Libertarian, is an advocate for property rights. He believes Boulder County land use regulations are too restrictive, making development expensive. His view that BoulderContinue reading “Longmont: REALTORS Support Luallin”

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”

Rural Road Funding on Nov. 2013 Ballot

Next year the Board of County Commissioners will ask rural voters to approve the creation of a public improvement district to fund the repair of roads in unincorporated Boulder County subdivisions. The issue of how to fund the repair of deteriorating rural roads has been a source of debate for several years. The estimated 10,650Continue reading “Rural Road Funding on Nov. 2013 Ballot”

Longmont Relic Annexation Philosophy Discarded

At the May 22nd City Council meeting, the decision was made to eliminate the special benefits annexation “tool” that had been in effect since 1999. According to staff the purpose of the Exceptional Benefits document was to provide general guidance to an applicant and the community about what City Council might consider as exceptional benefitsContinue reading “Longmont Relic Annexation Philosophy Discarded”

City of Boulder Considers Extension of CAP Tax

Boulder’s Climate Action Plan (CAP) tax will expire in March and the City Council wants to ask the voters to extend it this November. However, the Council is worried about the impact of a Boulder County sustainability tax measure on the same ballot. The CAP tax raises roughly $1.8 million a year for energy efficiencyContinue reading “City of Boulder Considers Extension of CAP Tax”

Boulder County Commissioners Consider Sustainability Tax

A poll was commissioned by Boulder County to test voter support for some type of tax to fund sustainability measures. Respondents were asked if they would support either a property or a sales tax increase that would fund programs such as EnergySmart’s energy-efficiency retrofits to homes and businesses; home weatherization programs for low-income families; “infrastructureContinue reading “Boulder County Commissioners Consider Sustainability Tax”