Oil and Gas
I continue to oppose fracking and drilling near residential neighborhoods and schools. As a city, we need to continue to advocate for local control to keep heavy industrial activity out of residential areas.
Longmont needs to continue to promote and develop more renewable energy. Longmont is part of the Platte River Power Authority (PRPA), collectively owned by Longmont, Loveland, Ft. Collins and Estes Park. Currently PRPA has hydroelectric, wind and solar production capacity of 198 MW in their portfolio. Additional wind generation is under consideration to increase the capacity of wind power. Their policy is to provide the most carbon free production while maintaining the lowest cost.
I support council’s decision to participate in the Windy Gap Firming project at 10,000 acre feet (acft). As liaison to the Water Board, I have heard the discussions about this issue first hand from board members who see this issue from a unique perspective in their day to day dealings with water on the Front Range. I believe that the upside of controlling this water is in the long-term interest of Longmont. All 10,000 acft will be distributed somewhere, and I want Longmont to have control of this water.
We need to protect our water supply from use in fracking. Contaminated fracking water is injected back into deep wells, removing it permanently from the water cycle. As valuable as water is in the west, using water for fracking is a onetime use and a waste of this resource. I support council’s policy to not make water available to oil and gas development.
Excess water that is leased should only go to agriculture, or short term to municipalities in crisis with their water delivery systems. I support water policy that protects the resource and retains our agricultural heritage.
I have been asking for general fund dollars for the Affordable Housing Fund since I was elected to council. This fund is used to offset development costs for affordable housing in the form of fee waivers and loans to providers of low income housing. In the 2015 budget about $400,000 was allocated. In 2016, about$650,000 was allocated. In the budget working its way through the process for 2017, $1,000,000 is the target. Council has made this a priority and I will continue to support using general fund dollars to develop this infrastructure for Longmont.
We currently have a shortage of housing at all income levels. Rising property values are pricing residents out of the market. Compounding the problem is the influx of people into Colorado, in general, and Longmont is the lowest cost residential market in Boulder County. Combining these factors is creating an inflated market. As some of the 2,400 or so apartments in the development pipeline are leased, we will see if the cost of housing softens.
Meeting with RTD, I demanded that Longmont get more than the parking lot on Main Street that they had originally proposed. They offered no more than a parking lot with a clock tower and no restrooms. Instead, a transit-oriented development project is now in the planning stage at 1st and Coffman.
$240 from any natural person;
$610 from persons, other than natural persons