The Lyons Planning and Community Development Commission (PCDC) will have plenty of items on their plate to keep themselves busy for some time to come. Last Monday evening they
discussed new developments, which have arisen in the negotiations with Boulder County about amending the Inter-Governmental Agreement (IGA) to include several properties along the eastern corridor for inclusion into the Lyons Planning Area (LPA). The properties, one of which is the decommissioned water plant on the north side of Highway 66 are being looked at for possible annexations into Lyons with commercial zoning.
The IGA is cooperative agreement between Boulder County and Lyons, whereby Lyons gets things like a stoplight at the bottom of Stone Canyon or a possible trail from Boulder Reservoir to Lyons etc., and the county gets say so in controlling sprawl. Including potential commercial acreage into the LPA for possible annexation into Lyons is a key strategy for the future generation of sales tax revenues. And, there are some in Lyons who feel as if we are already “land-locked” by Boulder County Open Space with the proximity of the Heil and Hall Ranch Open Spaces and the recent purchase of land in Stone Canyon.
The discussions with Boulder County and Officials/Staff from Lyons have been going on for months, with letters, calls, and meetings, in order to come to an agreement. Then earlier this month, Boulder County sent a letter indicating that they wanted the purchase of the Ramey property (apparently 11 acres located above the caboose near the Rte. 36/66 intersection) as Boulder County Open Space, to be included in the discussions. This came completely out of leftfield for Lyons Officials, and did not sit particularly well with the PCDC or Staff.
Revision, simplification, and streamlining of the Town’s Planned Unit Development codes and regulations are going to be discussed with Staff, developers, and the public later this summer. And the distribution, among various groups, Boards, and Commissions, for their input about the implementation of the Comprehensive Plan is also in the works.
On top of all this, the PCDC is also charged with coming up with some suggestions for local zoning codes and regulations for the sales/growing/infusion of medical marijuana within the Town of Lyons. To that end, they will be conducting a workshop prior to their next PCDC meeting on July 26.