by Joseph Leckrczyk
After over fourteen months of negotiations, and six different drafts, the Town of Lyons and Boulder County finally reached an agreement on amending their Intergovernmental Agreement (IGA) at Tuesday morning’s County Commissioner’s meeting in downtown Boulder. The Town of Lyons wished to amend the boundaries of the Lyons Planning Area
(LPA), to include three properties, which they felt should logically have been part of the LPA. Those properties included the northern decommissioned water treatment plant just east of Lyons (the southern plant is already in the LPA), Gwynne’s Greenhouse and Nursery, and the Hawkins Property, which straddles Noland Road, just east of Stone Canyon. Boulder County wanted some assurances that if they allowed these properties to be added to the LPA, the Town of Lyons would consider extending the current IGA (which expires in 2012) for another 20 years.
The “Lyons group” that attended the public hearing included: Administrator Victoria Simonsen, Mayor Julie Van Domelen, Planner Danna Ortiz, Trustee LaVern Johnson, PCDC Chairman Marty Hine, property owners Dave Hawkins, Gwynne Owen, and former Mayor Nick Angelo. We were not going to be outgunned! Also in attendance were Dorothy George and her brother Fred Dirkes, who own the property across the highway from Gwynne’s; they told the Commissioners that they had no interest in being annexed into theTown.
The three County Commissioners, Ben Pearlman, Will Toor, and Cindy Domenico, all agreed that the three plots in question were indeed “logical extensions” of the LPA, and were definitely “already developed,” and they spoke of “the larger picture” (meaning the extension of the IGA). Pearlman added that, “We greatly value the relationship with Lyons,” and that the Commissioners wanted to aid the economic development of all the towns within the County. Administrator Simonsen wanted some clarification on the exact elevations of a “no development area” located within the Hawkins property, so as to avoid “future misunderstandings” (it was clarified), and she wanted clarification on the “proposal to sit down and negotiate in good faith about extending the IGA, by the end of June.” It was decided that the end of June was a little too soon, and the date was extended until the end of October.
The Commissioners voted 3-0 to approve the amendments to the IGA, and the Lyons cabal thanked them and left the chambers with a smile on their collective faces.