ACTION ITEM: City Council Meeting

Due to Spring Break, Longmont City Council is off this week. Therefore, Stand With Our St. Vrain Creek will be speaking in front of City Council regarding protections for St. Vrain Creek and other City Open Space properties and riparian areas on Tuesday, April 3rd.

The meeting will be held at City Council Chambers (350 Kimbark St., Longmont, CO 80501) at 7pm. Please come to the meeting wearing green to show your support for our natural areas and wildlife. You can also sign up to speak during public invited to be heard. Comments are limited to 3 minutes max.

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Reminder: Open Space Master Plan Survey Closes April 1st

Longmont’s Natural Resources Department is still seeking comments from residents regarding its update of the city’s Open Space Master Plan until Monday, April 1st. Please consider making your voice heard by responding to the survey. It only takes a couple of minutes. You can find the survey here .

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Pictures for Earth Day

Hi all, Stand With Our St. Vrain Creek will be tabling at Longmont’s Earth Day celebration on April 21st from 10am to 3pm at the Longmont Museum! We’re looking to highlight some of YOUR pictures of Longmont’s natural areas and open spaces, especially along the St. Vrain Creek riparian corridor.

If you’d like to have your pictures displayed at our booth, please email them to us at standwithstvraincreek@gmail.com and provide how you’d like to be credited and where the photo was taken.

Admission to the Earth Day celebration is FREE, family-friendly, and there will be food vendors, arts and crafts, and live music. For more information, check out http://www.srlongmont.org/earth-day.html.

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Open Space Master Plan Comments

For those who weren’t able to attend the Open Space Master Plan Community Workshop last week, the city has posted the comments it received during the workshop on its website. There were a lot of good ideas brought up and Stand With Our St. Vrain Creek looks forward to seeing the eventual outcome.

On March 22, the city will be holding a second workshop at 6pm at the Sunset Campus (7 South Sunset Street). Check out the events section for more details or go to the city’s website.

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Open Space Master Plan Community Workshop

Longmont’s Department of Public Works & Natural Resources is in the process of updating the City’s Open Space Master Plan. The intent of this comprehensive plan is to evaluate Longmont’s open space needs to proactively plan for the future. To that end, the city is holding an interactive community workshop on February 22, 2018 from 7-9pm at the Natural Resources building located at 7 South Sunset Street Longmont, CO 80501. 

The original plan is 16 years old (2002) and a lot has changed since then.  Let your voice be heard as the city revises its plan for Longmont’s Open Space!

  • The meeting will consist of a presentation and interactive work stations. Participants will be asked a variety of questions to evaluate the open space accomplishments over the past 15 years and to assess the needs of the community that should be addressed in this updated comprehensive plan.
  • Dinnertime snacks will be provided during a welcome period from 6:30 – 7pm just before the meeting.
  • Participants should plan to attend for the full time.
  • Youth participation is encouraged.
  • Spanish translators will be available.
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Development along St. Vrain Creek contentious point at Longmont City Council candidate forum – Longmont Times-Call

A more open attitude toward development along the St. Vrain Creek corridor once the Resilient St. Vrain flood restoration project is completed further separated Longmont Ward 1 City Council candidates Josh Goldberg and Tim Waters at a forum Thursday night.

The conversation about the future of development along St. Vrain Creek took center stage last night at the Sustainability Forum hosted by Sustainable Resilient Longmont, Eco-Cycle, and the Longmont Observer and participated in by Longmont City Council Ward 1 candidates Tim Waters and Josh Goldberg. The third candidate for the seat vacated by Brian Bagley when he became mayor last year, Russ Lyman, did not attend. Ward 1 comprises the majority of Longmont east of Main Street.

Source: Development along St. Vrain Creek contentious point at Longmont City Council candidate forum – Longmont Times-Call

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February Nature Almanac: River otters resurge in Boulder County – Boulder Daily Camera

The river otter is a Colorado state threatened species that looks to be making a comeback in Boulder County, including in St. Vrain Creek.

A sleek brown body surged through the water. A broad head turned, and curious eyes surveyed the astounded onlookers. A muskrat? A mink? No, a river-otter! After an absence of almost half a century, they are coming back.

Source: February Nature Almanac: River otters resurge in Boulder County – Boulder Daily Camera

 

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Next Planning and Zoning Commission Meeting 1/24/18

The next Planning and Zoning commission meeting is scheduled for 7pm on January 24th at the Civic Center (350 Kimbark Street) where the commission will continue to go over the Land Development Code.

The agenda for the P&Z meeting states that “no substantive changes are proposed to [the sections of the Development Code dealing with protection of rivers/streams/wetlands/riparian areas and habitat and species protection] pending the Open Space and Trails Master Plan and Wildlife Management Plan updates, plus ongoing work on Resilient St. Vrain and the St. Vrain Blueprint.” HOWEVER, it would be good for P&Z to hear support for maintaining the 150-foot riparian setback, closing loopholes to the 150-foot setback in the Development Code, and strengthening protections for open space and natural areas, including the St. Vrain Creek corridor.

Please consider speaking during the Public Invited to Be Heard section of the meeting. You may also email City Planning and Development Services Director Joni Marsh to submit written comments.

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