HISTORIC WIN FOR TLAG!
For the first time ever, citing undue pressure from County Attorney and concerns about procedural irregularities, Planning Commission votes to reconsider earlier action on Twin Lakes; calls for NEW HEARING!
In a courageous show of leadership and commitment to the transparency and integrity of policy making, the County Planning Commission voted to reconsider their earlier vote supporting the up-zoning of the Twin Lakes open space. The original 4:3 decision would have advanced Boulder County Housing Authority’s agenda to develop up to 280 new affordable apartments in the Twin Lakes fields that were originally dedicated more than four decades ago for a school and a park.
In their deliberations, Planning Commission members cited overreach by Housing Authority staff and pressure from the Assistant County Attorney to hurry to a decision simply to accommodate an arbitrary and County-imposed schedule. Upon reflection and the outcry from concerned members of the public (TLAG!), they considered the false urgency was far less important than upholding the integrity of the process. The commissioners also cited the large numbers of letters from citizens concerned about the substance of the deliberations - THANK YOU!
Following the vote, the Planning Commission directed the County staff to schedule a new public hearing and re-open the entire process. At the time this story was updated, it was not yet clear how the Planning Commission's action would affect the schedule for the City Council's and City Planning Board's reviews of the proposed Land use change scheduled for November 10.
After the vote, TLAG Chairman Dave Rechberger said, "we are grateful that the members of the Planning Commission recognized the flaws in both the process and the substance of what is happening here. We look forward to the next hearing on this matter and believe that we will prevail when all of the facts are presented to the Commission members in a fair and impartial manner."
Stay tuned for another update as soon as we know what the new hearing date is and what the impacts are for the November 10 hearing at the City.
You can read the Daily Camera story about the landmark decision here:
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Join your neighbors at the TLAG Fundraiser & Silent Auction at Cafe Blué
November 6th from Noon - 3:00 PM
Drop in for an hour, check out the great auction items, taste the lasagna and enjoy a cash bar. Show your support for our Gunbarrel Community! Suggested donation $30.