Region: Local Contributions Making Difference on North I-25

To-date local governments in Northern Colorado have added significant funding to ensure North I-25 is improved and expanded. Larimer and Weld Counties, plus Johnstown, Fort Collins, Berthoud, Loveland, Timnath and Windsor, as well as McWhinney provided $25,000,000 in local contributions for the Phase 1 project adding an additional lane between SH 14 and SH 402.Continue reading “Region: Local Contributions Making Difference on North I-25”

Longmont: Motion to Reconsider Inclusionary Zoning Fails

At the beginning of the April 4th City Council meeting, Council member Polly Christensen made a motion to direct the City Manager to add a discussion of inclusionary zoning – requiring builders to deed restrict a portion of new development and dedicate it affordable housing — to a future agenda. She claimed the Work ForceContinue reading “Longmont: Motion to Reconsider Inclusionary Zoning Fails”

Region: Johnstown Bows to Pressure

Last week the Johnstown Town Council did not ratify the agreement to donate $6 million for the SH 402 interchange redesign as part of the I-25 Phase One project. At the last moment the town’s mayor, who had helped broker the deal, got cold feet. He argued Johnstown should not have to contribute $6 million toContinue reading “Region: Johnstown Bows to Pressure”

Loveland: Council Approves I-25 Companion Projects

In a few years, Loveland drivers will see a third lane on US 34 over the I-25 intersection and a reconfiguration of the SH 402 and I-25 intersection as part of CDOT’s Phase One expansion of I-25. The City Council approved a resolution committing $14 million to include the improvements now rather than adding themContinue reading “Loveland: Council Approves I-25 Companion Projects”

Weld County: Council to Weigh In on BOCC Fight

For years Weld County has bragged about itself as a model government because it has no sales tax and no debt. One reason the Board of Commissioners could work effectively was due to a strong agreement regarding both a governance philosophy and how to solve local issues. However, recently it’s been the focus of aContinue reading “Weld County: Council to Weigh In on BOCC Fight”

Colorado: Study Says Fracking Doesn’t Impact Property Values

A new study found that there is no definitive evidence fracking negatively impacts property values in Colorado. The study, which is the most comprehensive analysis of its kind ever done in Colorado, looked at seven counties – Garfield, Grand, La Plata, Larimer, Pitkin, Routt, and Weld – and the homes in each county that wereContinue reading “Colorado: Study Says Fracking Doesn’t Impact Property Values”

Greeley: Greeley Joins 34 Coalition

The City Council approved the City’s participation in the newly formed Highway 34 Coalition. Weld County, Evans, Garden City, Loveland, Windsor and Johnstown are also in the process of joining the effort. CDOT encourages the creation of regional alliances because consensus and collaboration make grant funding more likely. Greeley’s Public Works Director says the CoalitionContinue reading “Greeley: Greeley Joins 34 Coalition”

Business Leaders Creating Regional Economic Development Effort

Businesses in Larimer and Weld County are reportedly moving forward with a plan to create a private sector economic development organization which they plan to launch in early 2015. The effort to bring private funding to attract development and major employers to the region is being spearheaded locally by Weld County car dealer Scott EhrlichContinue reading “Business Leaders Creating Regional Economic Development Effort”

Weld County Proposes Novel Funding Idea for I-25

Weld County Commissioner Sean Conway surprised many people at the NFRMPO meeting last week. The NFRMPO’s planning council oversees the federal and state transportation dollars that flow into Northern Colorado from gas tax revenues. Conway made a motion to take the entire $13.2 million STP (surface transportation program) budget available for the North Front RangeContinue reading “Weld County Proposes Novel Funding Idea for I-25”

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”