Boulder County and Longmont would share within the $2.four million price of shopping for 73 acres of agricultural property west of the town and preserving it from future improvement, underneath an acquisition proposal up for a county panel’s consideration on Thursday.
The property, at the moment owned by Courtney and Brittany McLachlan, is on the northeast nook of North 65th Road and Nelson Street, in unincorporated Boulder County about three-quarters of a mile west of Longmont’s metropolis limits, in response to a memo from Sandy Duff, a senior land officer within the county Parks and Open Area Division.
Additionally up for evaluate at Thursday night time’s Boulder County Parks and Open Area Advisory Committee assembly is a separate proposal that may have Boulder County pay $2.15 million to purchase 74 acres of irrigated farm land north of Longmont — on the southeast nook of North 87th Road and Woodland Street — from Madison Farms Inc.
Nevertheless, Longmont wouldn’t be collaborating in that property’s buy worth or future administration.
Duff wrote Boulder County Parks and Open Area Advisory Committee members that the 73-acre property at 1000 N. 65th St. west of Longmont consists of dryland agriculture fields, has wetland options, and is straight away adjoining to Clover Basin Reservoir.
Longmont “controls the Clover Basin Reservoir and has lengthy desired these parcels for added open tempo across the reservoir,” Duff mentioned.
Below the proposal up for Parks and Open Area Advisory Committee evaluate, Boulder County would purchase payment title to the 73 acres, with Longmont reimbursing the county for half the $2.four million buy worth.
Two heaps — every about 2 acres — could be created and marketed for future gross sales to personal patrons as single-family residential properties. Duff mentioned every of these heaps “can have substantial worth.”
Longmont and Boulder County would share the revenue from the gross sales of the 2 heaps, which might offset the proposed $2.four million buy worth the town and county would pay for the 74 acres.
Longmont would personal and handle the remaining 69 acres as open house, and Boulder County would maintain a conservation easement over that acreage.
Duff wrote Parks and Open Area Advisory Committee members that county employees recommends approval of the proposed McLachlan acquisition.
“The property is a haven for a wide range of waterfowl species, together with bald eagles and osprey. There are a few elevated goose nests on the property,” she mentioned.
“This property has all the time been of curiosity for the town of Longmont, in addition to the county, which is why we’re proposing to associate with the town. By partnering with the town of Longmont, the county and the town will be capable of share in limiting improvement alongside Nelson Street and protect this necessary property,” Duff mentioned.
As for the proposed Boulder County buy of the agricultural land at 14020 North 87th St. in an unincorporated space north of Longmont, Duff mentioned the vendor, Madison Farms Inc., would retain a four.Eight farm farmstead web site.
The household of householders wishes to proceed farming on the property by leasing it from Boulder County after the county buys it, which is why the household would hold possession of the four.Eight acres for a home and related farming constructions.
Duff mentioned county employees is recommending approval of the $2.15 million buy — a price ticket that would come with shopping for $335,000 in water rights and a $100,000 conservation easement over the four.Eight-acre farm homestead portion being retained by the sellers. The farm “has lengthy been a precedence for the open house program for its agricultural significance and historical past,” she mentioned.
She mentioned the farm is a Colorado Centennial Farm, that means it has been owned and operated by the identical household for 100 years or extra.
Duff mentioned acquisition of the Madison Farms property would add to the preservation and safety of the agricultural heritage alongside Woodland Street whereas defending the present Centennial farmstead.
The Parks and Open Area Advisory Committee is to resolve whether or not to suggest that the Board of County Commissioners approve the proposed $2.four million McLachlan farm acquisition and the $2.15 million Madison Farms buy — commissioners’ selections that may be slated for a future board assembly.
Longmont’s Metropolis Council additionally must approve the McLachlan farm acquisition and the town’s $1.2 million share of that property’s price ticket.
When you go
What: Boulder County Parks and Open Area Advisory Committee
When: 6:30 p.m. Thursday
The place: Third ground listening to room, Boulder County Courthouse, 1325 Pearl St., Boulder