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Water: Gross Reservoir Expansion

Denver Water is arm wrestling over whether or not Boulder County can force Denver Denver water to run their proposed project through what’s known as a “1041” review. As we know, water is a bid deal in Colorado.

Basically Denver Water wants to expand Gross Reservoir. Boulder County commissioners plan a hearing in March to discuss moving forward with expanding Gross Reservoir.

Based on the last time the $380,000,000 proposed expansion project at Gross Reservoir, it drew a standing room only crowd in 2014. It’s expected that this will happen again.

The primary topic seems to be whether or not the proposed expansion of the reservoir is subject to local land use review.

Commissioners are saying they’ll keep listening to public opinion until everyone who chooses to speak, has had an opportunity to comment. However, it’s important to know that the public hearing is going to only focus on the limited scope of the 1041 determination. It’s not a hearing or decision on the possible impacts or merits of the expansion project.

1041 legislation, named for the bill number by which it was enacted in 1974, gives local governments the right to control development by agencies beyond their boundaries via a local permitting process.

Denver Water thinks they’re exempt from the 1041 requirements. Of course, Boulder County says otherwise.

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