City Council refuses moratorium

Fairview @ SH 119

It is sad when the Longmont City Council, charged with deliberating complex issues that have huge and dangerous implications for Longmont, refuses to take proper time to study and deliberate an issue.

Colorado Springs and many other municipalities around the country have put a moratorium on hydraulic fracturing for natural gas to study the body of information now available about the danger that extraction method poses to the aquifer, air, health, peace and property values of Longmont.

To threaten that just the suggestion of a moratorium would, in the words of Councilman Gabe Santos, “guarantee you that an application will come in tomorrow,” sounds like a form of blackmail.

The City Council should take the time needed to hear as many residents of Longmont as possible and study all the information at hand. Too much is at stake.

  2 comments for “City Council refuses moratorium

  1. December 11, 2011 at 2:20 pm

    Hey, c’mon, there’s MONEY to be made! That trumps all other considerations you know. What are piffling things like quality of life, property value and safety compared to a nice fat stack of bucks? Besides, we all know when this gravy train pulls in the ‘soldiers’ that have fought the hardest for it will be rewarded. Who made it onto Council with a pile of outside money? That would Mr. Santos. Of course he’ll need that money if he runs for HD11.

  2. Gregory Iwan
    December 17, 2011 at 5:43 pm

    Moratoria and “study” are only applied around here to paper over the naked emperor. Just look at the “Housing COmmittee” or “‘Task’ Force” just instituted by City Council. I would bet the mortgage that what this group will be encouraged or allowed to conclude will be akin to “bigger is better,” rather than recognition that the obvious trend is toward needing WAY more affordable housing, not market-rate housing. If any housing is needed at all, it’s going to have to be dirt cheap, because incomes have plummeted. Are they likely to move anytime soon? Well, cousin; how long you got to wait? I’ve seen well-supported estimates ranging from 2014 to 2020, even to 2040.

    The Times-Call today published real estate market statistics for Boulder County and, good for comparison, from the Denver Metro over the past year. Using AVERAGE transaction prices (very conservative, because a few high-ball transactions can move the average away from the median), and assuming that “the house” (brokerage) takes half the real-estate commission, the recent sales rate in Longmont can support fewer than a dozen realtors, if each wishes to enjoy what I call a living wage. Having more available “read EMPTY) houses is NOT likely to attract many if any folks here. You see, every other spot has plenty just like ours.

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