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Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Town Board doesn’t get it

Letter to the editor 2

Dear Editor:

The Berthoud Town Board does not get it. They just voted to sell the town property where the BMX track is located, once the site of a future rec center. They did not ask the taxpayers who own the property what they would like to see built there. It was purchased in 2000, but now the Town has other land for a rec center. The profit from selling the old property will be put in the rec center fund.

The property is zoned for multi family (R-3), which makes sense close to the shopping center, the bike path, the schools and downtown. Instead, the Town staff determined, with Trustee support (and no public input), that the property should be 29 single family lots (R-1). This lowers the profit the Town would receive to use for a future rec center. It also lowers the number of rooftops and density that would be near downtown to support Berthoud’s commercial core and the Flex bus.

So, again, as with the Haworth annexation, the Town board and staff do not believe in following the Comprehensive Plan. They want to promote lower density near downtown where you would want that and they want to increase density to the west of Hwy 287 in areas that should stay rural. They have it backwards and seem to have little understanding of the principles of good land use planning.

In addition, and to only further confuse constituents who elect them, they are also offering the chosen developer discounted building permit fees. By my calculations, they are foregoing an estimated $400,000 of Town revenue in fees and taxes. This discount is from a Town that is closing its Police Department due to supposed lack of funds. This favors the developer and builder over the residents and taxpayers.

One other note, despite this sale being in the works for at least 6 months, the Town Board has no place to relocate the BMX track. The BMX track future will be up to the next board elected April 1. Petitions to run for Town Trustee are available at Town Hall and due back by February 28. Dick Shepard, John Bauer and Tom Jones’ seats are open.

Jeff Hindman

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