Melanie Whitehead: Twin Lakes and a sense of place

I’m not going to talk about another recent water-main break on Twin Lakes Road, Gunbarrel’s crumbling infrastructure, how inappropriate annexation is, traffic issues, flood issues, or the many disturbing ways the Boulder Valley Comprehensive Plan has been utterly comprised.

I have grown weary of people saying that the Twin Lakers are NIMBYs. In fact, Twin Lakes residents have a love and a rapport with this environment, these fields, that everyone should be striving to have. To take away these fields is to take away our hearts and the heart of Gunbarrel. As one prolific Twin Laker said, “This is our Chautauqua.”

Full Article: Melanie Whitehead: Twin Lakes and a sense of place – Boulder Daily Camera

Jessica G. Hartung: Squeezing citizens’ voices out of the comp plan

Instead of calling the Boulder Valley Comprehensive Plan “Our Plan” for our community, we should be calling it the “Developers’ Plan for Our Community” or the “Politicians’ Plan for Our Community.  The process to update the BVCP has created structural disenfranchisement of the very people it is supposed to serve. Repeatedly, as the plans are distilled, we are invited to “give input on” scenarios and options that aren’t what residents suggest, or want. Citizen preferences are collected, but are not included in the decisions; they are simply disregarded since they don’t fit with the current fast-growth agenda.

Full Story: Jessica G. Hartung: Squeezing citizens’ voices out of the comp plan – Boulder Daily Camera

Kristin Bjornsen: Indecent proposal for open space 

If you care about open space, you should care about the Twin Lakes. That’s a bold statement for 20 acres of grassland in the boonies of Gunbarrel. Nonetheless, it’s true because of a dangerous proposition being made here: annexation through county open space. …  For those interested in attending to share their thoughts, the final review meeting will be at 4 p.m. on Aug. 30 at the Boulder County Court House, 1325 Pearl Street.

Full Story: Kristin Bjornsen: Indecent proposal for open space – Boulder Daily Camera

Read more about Twin Lakes at the Twin Lakes Action Group website, and be sure to sign the Twin Lakes Petition.

Bob Greenlee: Boulder County — management by taxation? – Boulder Daily Camera

Boulder County’s jail is bursting at the seams, … County roads are in extreme disrepair … These are just two examples that require management attention… In response, the county commissioners have determined it’s time to ask voters to tax themselves to buy more open space. Plus they want funds for a bunch of new and ill-defined “sustainability” initiatives … What more could citizens ask for than this kind of professional expertise and sound management?…When the topic of forced annexations comes up, people in Gunbarrel and other places appropriately become anxious.

Source: Bob Greenlee: Boulder County — management by taxation? – Boulder Daily Camera