Boulder County Planning Commission would lose veto power on key parcels; County commissioners would not.
City Council members, a slight majority of whom would like to limit Boulder County’s control over future city expansion, appear to have come to some agreement on a proposed revision to the procedure by which city and county cooperate on long-range, land-use planning.
In an unofficial straw-poll vote taken late Tuesday night, the council supported a compromise that would let the Board of County Commissioners retain veto power over changes to parcels in categories known as Area II and the Area III-Planning Reserve.
However, the Boulder County Planning Commission would lose its voice in those two areas, under the straw-poll plan.
Will the current City Council never cease with their Build-Build-Build philosophy? Now they want to dissolve an agreement with the county so they can continue their plowing up of unoccupied lands unabated. They make a great show of soliciting citizen input, but unfortunately, they never listen.
Against the wishes of Boulder’s City Council, the Boulder County commissioners would like to maintain the present decision-making structure for certain parcels of land central to the city’s potential for future growth.
Now, with precious little land still in play, the Boulder City Council has expressed a desire to remove the two county bodies from the four-body review. If it succeeds, the process of expanding city limits — however limited the city may be in that process — could be accelerated. Most pressingly, controversial projects at Twin Lakes and CU South would see much clearer paths to approval.
After reading Dinah McKay’s exposé of the theft of the Twin Lakes open space property from us Boulder citizens, “Help save Twin Lakes open space” (Daily Camera, March 12), I have become increasingly angry with our elected officials! It seems to me it’s about time to get rid of those people who supposedly work for us, but refuse to consider our needs and opinions.
At Twin Lakes, public scrutiny and action is needed. Do you know how Boulder County Housing Authority developers became owners of the 10-acre public property adjacent to the Twin Lakes open space at 6655 Twin Lakes Road? Was there any public review process preceding the transfer of this public land to BCHA developers? Was it a legitimate arm’s length real estate transaction?Boulder County purchased 6655 Twin Lakes Road on May 30, 2013, with public funds for $470,000. There was no public review process, public involvement or any public comment allowed before county commissioners deeded this publicly-owned property to BCHA developers on Oct. 1, 2015 for zero dollars down and a zero-interest promissory note due in 2025.