Posts tagged public feedback
Access expected to go into effect April 24
OSBT recommended that council designate this portion of property as a Habitat Conservation Area (HCA). The guidance from OSBT included the following uses by visitors:
- Mountain bike travel up and down, on trail, from Boulder Canyon to Flagstaff Road;
- Dogs allowed, on leash and on trail, from Boulder Canyon to the junction with the Tenderfoot Trail; and
- Voice and sight control for dogs permitted from the Tenderfoot junction to Flagstaff Road.
Staff is currently in the process of working with the City Attorney’s Office to finalize these proposed uses. Once finalized, there will be a 15-day comment period for public feedback. Unless significant changes are necessary after the input process, access is expected to begin, pursuant to these guidelines, around April 24.
Please check the OSMP.org web site for updates about this process and watch for signage at the trailhead soon. For more information about these changes, contact Jean Koszalka at 303-413-7622.
City of Boulder Press Release
The City of Boulder Open Space and Mountain Parks (OSMP) will open the new Chapman Drive Trail and Trailhead to the public on Jan. 7, 2013. This trail is an extension of the current Chapman Drive Trail that begins at Realization Point on Flagstaff Drive. Visitors will be able to travel from Boulder Canyon Drive (SH 119) at the Red Lion Inn all the way to Flagstaff Drive.
The new trail was made possible by the recent purchase of the Schnell property. The 2005 Visitor Master Plan proposed the use of Chapman Drive as a multi-use trail and the new section was included in the recent West Trail Study Area Plan. There is a small trailhead with parking at the northern end of the trail along SH 119.
“At this time, we are opening the trail to pedestrians, equestrians, telemark skiers and snow shoers,” said Annie McFarland, OSMP Visitor Access Coordinator. “Bikes will also be allowed, going uphill only. Cyclists not able to complete the 2.5 mile ride uphill, must dismount and walk bicycles downhill if they wish to return to the trailhead at SH 119. Cyclists completing the trail have the option of riding down Flagstaff Drive to Canyon back to the trailhead.”
All users must remain on the trail and no dogs are permitted north of the Tenderfoot Trail intersection.
Throughout January OSMP will meet with key stakeholder groups and interested parties to seek feedback on how best to manage visitor use – in particular bike and dog access on the lower part of Chapman Drive. OSMP will conduct an analysis of each alternative and then develop a matrix of possible management options. The department will host a mid-February open house for public feedback. Individuals may also submit comments regarding visitor use by email. Go to www.osmp.org and click on ‘Contact us’ on the bottom right of the home page. In your email, specify ‘Chapman Drive Trail’.
More information including a map of the area can be found at: http://www.bouldercolorado.gov/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=2996&Itemid=1035
For additional trail updates on OSMP properties, please call 303-441-3440 or visit www.osmp.org.
In October 2012, city staff will be recommending a number of revisions to City Council regarding Boulder’s Medical Marijuana Code (BRC 6-14). As part of the process, the city is soliciting public feedback on the proposed code changes prior to presenting them to council.
To collect public input, city staff have prepared a survey to get feedback on key code revisions. Take the public survey now! Feedback will be collected until 5 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 21.
In addition to the survey, the city will host an informational meeting for medical marijuana businesses and representatives of the industry at 8:30 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 7 in City Council Chambers, 1777 Broadway.
Written comments may also be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The goal of the code changes are to:
- Make the code more clear and concise so it is more user-friendly;
- Increase fees to cover the costs of licensing medical marijuana businesses;
- Consider limiting advertising similar to the limitations recently adopted in Denver; and
- Increase the distance from medical marijuana businesses to schools from 500 ft to 1,000 ft, consistent with federal law.
For more information, including a complete overview of the proposed code changes visit the Medical Marijuana Businesses website.
Boulder’s Energy Future news
Public input requested; help evaluate the work plan
The City of Boulder is asking for the public’s help in reviewing the draft work plan created to help guide the exploration of potentially forming a municipal electric utility. The city is strongly committed to ensuring a high level of community awareness and engagement throughout this important process, and is looking for effective ways to include community feedback.
The goal of the work plan is to guide the major tasks and activities that must be accomplished in order to deliver a recommended municipalization strategy to City Council.
The draft work plan is available on the Energy Future project website – www.BoulderEnergyFuture.com. Comments are due by 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 7. To provide input on the plan, use the project’s online comment form or send an e-mail to email@example.com.
The draft work plan with community feedback incorporated will be presented to City Council at a Study Session on Tuesday, Aug. 28.
The city values our community’s perspectives and welcomes all feedback on the plan and project.
New edition of Energy Future newsletter available
The latest edition of Boulder’s Energy Future Today newsletter is now available online at www.BoulderEnergyFuture.com. Printed versions are available at various city buildings around town, including all libraries, recreation and senior centers, and the Municipal Building Lobby – 1777 Broadway. Articles in this edition include:
- A proposed strategy for enhanced Climate Action Plan (CAP) programs beginning in 2013
- Municipalization exploration update
- Your CAP tax dollars at work, specifically a finding by consultants about how the money has been spent to date
- An update on the Commercial Energy Efficiency Strategy
- Energy saving tips
Monthly newsletters will be created and distributed throughout the duration of the project. Sign up for the project e-mail list atwww.BoulderEnergyFuture.com to receive an electronic version of the newsletter and frequent project updates.
Second reading of the CAP tax renewal ballot language Aug. 7
City Council will hear the second reading of the proposed Climate Action Plan (CAP) tax renewal ballot language at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 7, in City Council Chambers, 1777 Broadway. Public feedback will be heard at this meeting.
The current CAP tax, set to expire in March 2013, has been used to fund energy efficiency and conservation programs and services for residential, commercial and industrial electrical customers in Boulder for the past five years. These programs include EnergySmart and 10 for Change.
The city, with the help of consultants and the community, recently recommended a set of packages and programs that could be funded if the tax were renewed. Information on the recommended package and a historical analysis of CAP tax funds is available in the May 22 and July 24 information packets presented to City Council. Both packets and all consultant reports are available at www.BoulderEnergyFuture.com.
City to collect input/host public meeting on disposable bag use
The city’s Local Environmental Action Division (LEAD) is evaluating a variety of options for reducing disposable plastic and paper bag use in Boulder. Spurred by community concerns, City Council requested that staff develop potential options to reduce the use of disposable checkout bags in the city.
The potential options under development include bag bans; bag fees; or a combination of both.
The city is currently seeking public feedback. Residents can provide input in
- Take the Bag Use in Boulder Survey; and/or
- Attend the Bag Use in Boulder public meeting (details below).
The Bag Use in Boulder public meeting is from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Monday, April 23, in the Creekside Room of the West Boulder Senior Center, 909 Arapahoe Ave. At the meeting, residents will have the opportunity to review and provide feedback on the proposed options. Meeting materials will be posted to the project website for those unable to attend.
Potential options will be presented to the Environmental Advisory Board (EAB) on Thursday, April 26. The EAB will then make a recommendation to City Council.
Boulder County, Colo. – The Board of County Commissioners is now considering a fifth proposed district boundary alignment for Boulder County.
Based on public feedback to the original four options, the commissioners directed staff to draw up an additional option for them to review before making a decision prior to the redistricting deadline of Sept. 30.
Option E is the latest option available for comment and was created according to the following guidelines:
• Keep communities of interest intact (for example, commissioners heard that Niwot and Gunbarrel prefer to be aligned together with east county communities).
• Use clear boundary lines.
• Allow for growth.
o Option E places more population (approx. 100,000) in District 1, which includes the city of Boulder, because it is expected to grow the least. Districts 2 and 3, which are expected to grow more, have populations of roughly 96,000 and 98,000, respectively.
The commissioners will consider all district options and make a final decision at a business meeting scheduled for 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Sep. 27, in the Commissioners’ Hearing Room.
Additional comments may be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Per state statue, County Commissioners’ districts must be revised after each federal census to assure roughly equal population per district. Boulder County is divided into three districts and one commissioner is elected from each district by the voters of the whole county.
Boulder County, Colo. – The Boulder County Forest Health Initiative invites Nederland-area residents to attend a community meeting to discuss the first year of operations of the Nederland Area Community Forestry Sort Yard program.
What: Community meeting for residents to provide input on operations at the Nederland Area Community Forestry Sort Yard
When: Tuesday, July 12, 7 p.m.
Where: Nederland Community Center, 750 Highway 72 North
The sort yard was opened this year as a new service for residents in the Nederland area, and the county wants to make sure it is providing residents with the most useful, best practices possible for collecting and processing logs and slash cut from their lands.
County staff will kick off the meeting with a presentation about sort yard usage, total days of operation and the amount of material collected during the first year of operation. The second part of the meeting will focus on gathering public feedback about how the first year of operations went for residents in the Nederland community.
No RSVP is needed to attend. Community members may email comments and suggestions prior to the meeting to email@example.com.
The Community Forestry Sort Yard program was established by Boulder County to help landowners fight bark beetle infestations, create better defensible space around homes and communities and to help create healthier forest conditions in the foothills of the county. Two sort yard locations are open each summer on a rotating schedule to provide residents a convenient free of charge location to dispose of logs and slash cut from their land.
For more information about the program, bark beetle management or general questions backyard forest management, contact Boulder County Outreach Forester Ryan Ludlow at 720-564-2641 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (the Corps), in partnership with the City of Boulder, is accepting public feedback from May 16 through 25 regarding a potential aquatic restoration project. The proposed project would improve degraded habitat for approximately 4,000 feet of South Goose Creek, from Foothills Parkway to Cottonwood Pond, as well as Cottonwood Pond itself.
The proposed Goose Creek Aquatic Ecosystem Restoration Project would be a joint endeavor by the City of Boulder and the Corps. The project would be led by the Corps, which has been working with the city to plan for the project since 2002. These efforts complement the City of Boulder’s “Greenways Master Plan” and past investments in protecting open space.
Under Section 206 of the Water Resources Development Act of 1996, the Corps can undertake restoration projects in aquatic ecosystems, such as rivers, lakes and wetlands, with a non-federal sponsor, such as the City of Boulder. The program provides up to $5 million in federal funding, based on a 65 percent federal and 35 percent local sponsor cost-sharing agreement.
The Army Corps of Engineers has prepared a Draft Detailed Project Report (DPR) and an Environmental Assessment (EA) on the proposed project. The document is posted under “Related Documents” on the project website.
Comments for the Corps should be submitted to:
ATTN: Ms. Cynthia Upah, CENWO-PM-AC
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Omaha District
1616 Capitol Avenue
Omaha, NE 68102
Boulder County, Colo. – Boulder County’s Transportation Department has just released a draft report of its Mountain Town Transit Feasibility Study. Residents, commuters, and recreational users of Boulder County’s mountain towns are invited to share their thoughts on potential mountain transit service and other recommendations outlined in the report.
The report, a culmination of work completed this summer by a resident stakeholder group and Boulder County, examines the demand for transit service to and from the mountain communities of Boulder County. It includes: the amount, type, and configuration of viable service, and the cost/benefit implications of such service.
The goal of the study group is to assess the viability of new and expanded transit service to Boulder County’s mountain communities with connections to Boulder, Longmont, Gilpin County (Blackhawk/Central City) and Larimer County (Estes Park). The study area includes the communities of Eldora, Ward, Jamestown, Allenspark, Lyons, Gold Hill, Nederland and the Brainard Lake Recreation Area.
To read the report or to submit comments online, visit: www.bouldercounty.org/transportation/MtnTransitStudy.htm.
For a printed copy of the report, contact Jared Hall at 303-441-4958 or email@example.com.
Public comments are due by Sunday, Dec. 5.