What was discussed were topics like: where medical marijuana businesses should be allowed, i.e. commercial, agricultural, and/or light industrial zones; if restrictions on density and numbers should be imposed; proximity to schools and day care centers; voter referendums on the banning of such businesses, the creation of a regulatory board; court challenges, and what the State Legislature might do between now and next August. The one-hour workshop passed very quickly, and in the end, Staff was instructed to continue gathering information, while the PCDC and BOT ponder their options.
During the regular meeting, the PCDC members had a face to face with Boulder County Commissioner Ben Pearlman and Bill Davidson of Boulder County Land Use, to discuss the current negotiations for amending the Inter Governmental Agreement (IGA), so that the Lyons Planning Area (LPA) can be expanded to potentially include three properties in what is being called the eastern corridor. Those properties are the north decommissioned water plant, Gwynne’s Nursery, and the Hawkins property which straddles Nolan Road, just east of the Stone Canyon intersection. It was a full house, including most the members of the BOT, the property owners, the Loukonen brothers, neighbor Mike Whipp, and Craig Ferguson of Planet Bluegrass among others.
The PCDC wanted to understand why during the ongoing IGA amendment discussion, the purchasing by the County of the Ramey property (11 acres just west of the Rtes.36/66 traffic light, above the caboose) for open space was thrown into the mix, and if this could be separated out to be discussed at a later date. Pearlman was able to alleviate PCDC fears of nefarious motives, and indicated that although giving something for nothing might set a bad precedent with their future dealing with other municipalities, “The County has no intention or desire to prevent or inhibit the town of Lyons from annexing properties, even as far as Madhava Honey, and maybe beyond.” He did have some reservations about the future commercial development of “the big red blob,” a large tract of land that stretches considerably east of the decommissioned water plants.
PCDC Chairman Jeff Cornell assured Pearlman that Lyons has no intention of “paving over the big red blob” and that particular parcel of land was not a deal breaker.
The discussion then turned to the Hawkins property, and where to draw the line on potential future development: at Noland Road, or on the steep slope above a small shelf. It turns out to be more of a philosophical difference about preserving ridge lines, than a desire by prevent development, and after the meeting, property owner Dave Hawkins said he was feeling much better about the situation, and less like his property rights were being taken.