@LarimerCounty commissioners reject @CityofThornton’s 1041 application unanimously

Map via ThorntonWaterProject.com

Here’s a great Twitter vote recap thread from @JeffStahla:

From The Fort Collins Coloradoan (Jacy Marmaduke):

All three commissioners said at a Monday night public hearing that the pipeline proposal doesn’t meet the county’s 12 requirements for the 1041 permit needed to build the pipeline. This is the first time county commissioners have rejected a 1041 application…

Thornton leaders could come back with a new plan for the water or file a lawsuit to challenge the commissioners’ decision in court. Thornton Water Project Director Mark Koleber said city staff will review the commissioners’ written recommendations before deciding what to do next. He added the decision could delay the timeline for the project, on which Thornton leaders hoped to break ground in 2019.

“Certainly, we’re disappointed,” Koleber said at the end of the hearing. “We thought we (provided) the evidence to show that we had met all the criteria. Larimer County staff agreed with us on that point. There’s a lot in the record that backs up that contention.”


The city initially proposed a pipeline through Douglas Road and shifted the route to County Road 56 after commissioners sent them back the drawing board last summer.

The County Road 56 route would have fewer traffic impacts than the Douglas Route but would disturb about 20 private properties, which commissioners cited as a fatal flaw in the application…

Koleber says the city would never pursue the Poudre River alternative because of issues with water degradation, increased costs and the need for new water storage infrastructure.

From The Greeley Tribune (Tyler Silvy):

“It is disappointing that the Larimer County Commissioners chose to ignore the recommendations of their own county staff that Thornton met all of the 1041 criteria for a water pipeline to be built in the county, potentially causing a delay in Thornton residents’ access to the clean water resources they own,” Thornton Water Project Director Mark Koleber said in a statement provided by Thornton Water Project spokesman Cody Wertz. “In the coming days and weeks, we will review the decision and determine our next steps.”


Even if Thornton got approval from Larimer County commissioners on Monday, the first drop of water via the pipeline wouldn’t have reached Thornton until 2025, Koleber told The Tribune in a previous interview.

It’s unclear how much that timeline has changed now.

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