There are two Limited Impact Special Use Reviews applications with Boulder County that concern flood repair projects in the vicinity the proposed Martin Marietta mining area. Public feedback is due soon.
Boulder County Parks and Open Space (BCPOS) is the applicant for Docket # LU-17-0011. In 2015, BCPOS secured a Community Development Block Grant – Disaster Relief planning grant through the Colorado Watershed Resilience Planning Grant Program for the restoration planning along Reach 3 of the St. Vrain Creek, which affects 4 miles of the creek to the southeast of Lyons.
BCPOS and the St. Vrain and Left Hand Water Conservancy District are co-applicants for Docket # LU-17-0014, which is a project to perform flood-related dam and pipeline repairs and sediment removal for Lake 4 in the Boulder County Western Mobile Open Space. Lake 4 (AKA Rock’n WP Ranch Lake No. 4) is a lined, off-channel water storage reservoir owned jointly by the St. Vrain and Left Hand Water Conservancy District and Boulder County Parks and Open Space.
For details go to www.bouldercounty.org/landusedockets. Click on “SEARCH PLANNING APPLICATIONS”. Enter the Docket number LU-17-0011 or LU-17-0014. Click on “Application Materials”.
The public response to Docket # LU-17-0011, the Boulder County Parks and Open Space St. Vrain Creek Restoration project, is due by June 20. The public hearing will be July 25 at 9:00am. The location will be the Commissioners Hearing Room, Third Floor, Boulder County Courthouse, 1325 Pearl Street in Boulder.
The public response to Docket # LU-17-0014, the Boulder County Parks and Open Space Lake 4 Repairs project, is due by June 22. The public hearing will be July 25 at 9:30am (in the same location and immediately following the hearing for # LU-17-0011 above).
Most of the areas affected by these two projects are designated as “Moderate Hazard Areas” in the Boulder County Comprehensive Plan (BCCP). The BCCP discourage “intensive uses” in Moderate Hazard Areas. Is mining considered an “intensive use?” Page 6 of the Docket # LU-17-0011 application states, “Breach repairs will prevent catastrophic breaching as happened in the 2013 flood, thereby protecting downstream reservoir infrastructure.” Does the county believe that this restoration project will change this area’s status as a Moderate Hazard Area? Please make sure you provide feedback to the County before the deadlines listed above, and join us at the public hearings on July 25!