Tuesday, August 30 a joint city-county public forum was held in Boulder to discuss land use for Twin Lakes open space. One suggestion for how to manage the property came TLAG (Twin Lakes Action Group) chairman Dave Rechberger, who suggested that the community buy the land to avoid development. The suggestion had previously been made to city and county representatives.

Half of the 20-acre parcel of land, located at 6655 Twin Lakes Road, was last sold by the Archdiocese of Denver to Boulder County in 2013 for $470,000.

Both the city and county have recommend “medium-density” development, which includes six to 14 units per acre alongside preserved wetlands and an irrigation canal, but some argued that this recommendation would wreak havoc for nearby residents, causing strain on existing utility infrastructure.

Before land use is decided for the 20-acre Twin Lake property, it must be approved by four bodies: The Board of County Commissioners, the Boulder County Planning Commission, the Boulder Planning Board, and the Boulder City Council. The next meeting will be held on September 21 by the Boulder County Planning Commission. Final decisions will not be made until early November.

For more information, visit bouldercolorado.gov and tlag.org.

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