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.