Urban Renewal Bill Will Return

The 2015 Legislative session opened on January 7 but some of the issues will seem familiar. Colorado Counties Inc., which lobbies on behalf of Colorado’s 64 counties, is once again working to drum up legislator support to revise tax-increment funding statutes. Last year Rep Brian DelGrosso carried the bill, which passed but was vetoed byContinue reading “Urban Renewal Bill Will Return”

Late Urban Renewal Bill Introduced

A bill designed to fundamentally change urban renewal financing was finally introduced late in the legislative session (April 11). House Minority Leader Brian DelGrosso (R-Loveland) introduced HB-1375 “Modifications to Statutory Provisions Concerning Urban Renewal” on April 11. Larimer County Commissioner Steve Johnson, who is also the Chair of Colorado Counties Inc.’s Finance Committee, has longContinue reading “Late Urban Renewal Bill Introduced”

Oil and Gas Commission Approves Bigger Setbacks

The Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission gave final approval to statewide 500-foot buffers between new wells and homes on Feb. 11. The oil and gas industry opposed the new setback, which will replace a 350-foot rule for urban areas and 150 feet for rural areas. Environmental and community groups weren’t happy either because theyContinue reading “Oil and Gas Commission Approves Bigger Setbacks”

Colorado Oil and Gas Commission Proposes New Setbacks

The Colorado Oil and Gas Commission is considering a new 1000 foot setback requirement for residential properties after holding public meetings around the state. In addition to oil and gas operators, agricultural interests, developers, homebuilders, the Colorado Municipal League and Colorado Counties Inc. oppose the proposal because it “deprives operators, local governments, and surface ownersContinue reading “Colorado Oil and Gas Commission Proposes New Setbacks”