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Important Meeting!

5 Jan

An important meeting:

Courthouse Building, 1325 Pearl Street, 3rd Floor, 4:30 PM

“Report on BCCP (Boulder County Comprehensive Plan). Update neighborhood meeting conversations and comments about the draft.
Guiding Principles and other matters related to the BCCP. Staff will be asking Planning Commission for direction on preparing revisions to the Guiding Principles.”

Public comment will be taken!

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Oops .. did Boulder County Really Just Admit That????

17 Dec

A resident of unincorporated Boulder County comments on the December 14th meeting” 

On Dec. 14th at the Boulder County Courthouse, anxious citizens gathered to share their thoughts with the three County Commissioners and select members of the Planning Commission Board. In a meeting lasting 3 hours, about 26 people stood up to give impressive public testimony to the commissioners on where they think the regulations are broken and where they think the County should leave well enough alone.

The Main Issue:
There is a renaissance of agriculture in Boulder County. People have a renewed interest in eating local and visiting the places where their food is grown. This movement, accompanied by farm dinners and hands-on events, are sweeping the country. Citizens of Boulder County believe that a place such as Boulder, with the County’s deep seeded agricultural history, should be a forerunner for this movement. Even the County’s called upon expert confirmed that there is a surge in small farming interest and beginning farmers are aspiring for a 10 acre or less agricultural opportunity.

At this public hearing, small farmers are asking for the County’s support in allowing them multiple streams of revenue…events, tours, farm stands. Currently, the Land Use Code is so confusing and so overly restrictive, it confuses and limits small farmers who are trying to make it financially on just their crop production, and are turning away interested people that are craving the farm experience.

Did The County Just Admit to That?
Toward the end of the session, Abby Shannon, the Land Use Planner, stated her concerns to the panel about how the County will support an infrastructure of taking people from the city centers back into the county when the County has worked very hard over the last decade to move everyone out of the rural areas and into the city center.  This speaks directly to the perceived plot of the County to drive out its Unincorporated Boulder County (rural) residents by restricting their freedoms and making life difficult and unreasonable for them.  I guess it takes the charge out of a conspiracy theory when they openly admit to their plan.

7 Dec

There is a very important meeting December 14th on the 3rd floor of the Boulder County Courthouse at 1:30 pm.

The meeting is regarding the “Potential Land Use Code Text Amendments Related to Agricultural Uses”.

Even though this meeting isn’t directly related to residental building codes, there are a lot of very important things the county wants to change/address that will have a huge impact on residents of unincorporated Boulder County. Here are just a few:

  • If you have a horse in Boulder County, pay attention: many of the proposed recommendations will limit the rights of people to keep horses throughout Boulder County. For additional information, go to http://www.boulderhorse.org or contact them at info@boulderhorse.org.
  • Community Gardens are now limited in size: when Niwot applied for a park across from Whistle Stop park (park with the caboose), Niwot could only include a very small community garden because if it were too large, it would be a “2nd principal use and you can’t have two principal uses” – park and ag.
  • Limiting Christmas tree sales or other farm stands to 90% grown on the site – silly.

There are many other issues such as these – the meeting is worth attending!

Boulder Comprehensive Plan Meetings

14 Nov
1)      The Boulder County Planning Commission will be holding its monthly hearing on Wednesday November 16th   in the County Commissioners’ Hearing Room, Third Floor, Boulder County Courthouse starting at 3:00 PM. Agenda Item #3 , Boulder County Comprehensive Plan Update, is a staff presentation/report on the six neighborhood meetings and suggested revisions to the draft Guiding Principles. Staff is seeking Planning Commission comment and direction on the suggested revisions and additions, edits or other changes to them. No adoption action is being sought at this time. Public testimony will be taken, and is typically limited to three minutes per speaker. For a copy of the staff’s November 16th  packet (Docket BCCP-10-0002: Boulder County Comprehensive Plan Update) open the attached pdf file or go tohttp://www.bouldercountygovernment.org/pages/bccpupdate.aspx
2)      The Land Use staff will be hosting an Open House on the BCCP Update and draft Guiding Principles onTuesday, November 15th, from 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM, also in the Commissioners Hearing Room. All county residents are welcomed and invited. Two videos, one on the background and function of the Boulder County Comprehensive Plan and the other on development, annexations, open space and other land use activities that have occurred and changed the face of Boulder County since 1950, will be showing in the Dickey Lee Hullinghorst Conference Room on the Third Floor across from the Commissioners’ Hearing Room. The videos can be viewed on line at http://www.bouldercountygovernment.org/pages/bccpupdate.aspx . The Open House is an opportunity for interested persons to review the draft Guiding Principles and other materials relevant to the Comprehensive Plan. There will not be a formal presentation, but staff will be in attendance to answer questions, write down suggestions and comments you may have, and discuss the Update with you in an informal setting. Sign in sheets will be at the doors so that you may add your name to the BCCP Update E-Mail  list. Comment cards will be available for your use to leave with staff; or you can E-Mail Bill Davidson (wdavidson@bouldercounty.org), Peter Fogg (pfogg@bouldercounty.org), or Kathy Sandoval (ksandoval@bouldercounty.org); or call us at (303) 441-3930 after the meeting with comments and questions if you prefer. We look forward to your participation.