march 19, 2019
Take Action to Register your Opposition to the Proposed Green Tree Settlement. Please click here for a brief summary of the issue and click here for a sample letter/e-mail addresses!
A detailed evaluation of the proposed settlement can be found here
City of Lakewood will be voting on the proposed Green Tree settlement on 3/25 at 7:00 PM and Jefferson County Commissioners on 3/26 at 8:00 AM- See EVENTS for more information.
March 11, 2019
Draft settlement released in Solterra, LLC. vs. Green Tree Metro regarding interchange construction loan.
Please join us on March 25, 2019 at Lakewood city council chambers as the council hears and votes on approval of the settlement with green tree metro (three dinos principals). the settlement aims to combine big sky and green tree while extending loan repayment over 45 years.
January 26, 2019
January 28, 2018 - 7:00 pm - 480 South Allison Parkway (Lakewood Government Center) at the Lakewood City Council meeting we need your support.
The City Council will hear residents ask them to stop Brookfield (Big Sky) from setting themselves up as the new (private) provider of sanitation services to all of Rooney Valley, including Dinosaur Ridge.
Big Sky is Brookfield. They own a large plot of land between Solterra and C-470 (see the attached map - black boundary was approved in 2014. Blue and green areas are the new service areas created by Brookfield without permission from Lakewood)
Their new sewer system will pump sewage from Rooney Valley through the Solterra sewer pipes up the hills to Denver.
These residents will tell Lakewood City Councilors that the Big Sky Sewer System created by Big Sky (Brookfield):
1. Violates the purpose and territory set forth in the 2014 Service Plan for Big Sky approved by Lakewood City Council in 2014.
2. Violates the special district statutes and is another abuse of special districts by Brookfield.
3. Establishes a private developer as the builder, owner and manager of an essential public service. Managing an essential and scarce public resource - water. Who is motivated by private profit, not public interest? Who will charge profit and interest on loans to provide sewer service? Who is not elected? Who is not accountable to the public?
The City Council will not think this is important unless you think it is important. They will count noses - if people don't come to a meeting on a subject, they will conclude people don't care.
A committed group of your neighbors have written papers, made presentations, collected data, and shared all their information with you through Next door and other media. They have paid for a mailer to homes in the area. But they can't make you come to a meeting. They can ask.
They have done everything they can. The rest is up to you. We know everyone is busy and not everyone can come. But if you can, please join us. Just showing up counts for everything.
And if you would like to speak. The City Council will listen.
Here are some reference materials:
Summary of debate at Green Mountain meeting and Green Mountain Water and Sanitation District decision:
Report on Big Sky District Meeting:
Here are some reference Files:
January 10, 2019
Take Action and Register Your Concern about the Big Sky Metro District to Lakewood City Council- Click Here for Sample Letter
OCTOBER 22, 2018 -
after a weekend of meetings we believe we can summarize the issue as follows:
The new proposed warehouse development is still incompatible with an internationally recognized unique paleontological and geological landmark.
This incompatible development has been facilitated WITH TAXPAYER FUNDS in the form of a loan ($9 million plus interest) from Lakewood and Jeffco to the Three Dinos’ Green tree metro district to build the C-470/Alameda intersection.
The C-470/Alameda interchange appears to have been constructed using tax dollars under a non-competitive award process.
The c-470 / alameda interchange provides access and connectivity for private property. Prior access and connectivity was adequate to utilize parks and open space in the area.
the c-470/ alameda interchange loan facilitated incompatible development while using county staff resources to push the county initiated rezoning.
The C-470/Alameda loans - where the promises to repay the loan have been broken by the Three Dinos / green tree metro district.
Since the taxpayers are the primary investors so far, we deserve a right to determine how this site will be developed.
Or, we want our $9 million back NOW, plus interest.
The Three Dinos / green tree should pay their own way. The taxpayers should not be paying for the destructive development of Dinosaur Ridge.
Since the taxpayers are the PRIMARY INVESTORS , then we want a PRIMARY VOICE in deciding the nature of the development in this unique location.
OCTOBER 20, 2018 - SAVE DINO RIDGE IS JUMPING BACK INTO ACTION!
WE RECENTLY LEARNED THAT THE DEVELOPER INTENDS TO BREAK GROUND ON THE PROPERTY IN THE NEXT 60 - 90 DAYS! YOU CAN FIND A BRIEF TIMELINE BELOW, BEGINNING THIS SPRING. THE TIMELINE INDICATES A FEW CRITICAL PIECES IN THE PROCESS. AT THIS POINT THERE IS NOT A LOT THAT CAN BE DONE TO PREVENT THE DEVELOPMENT. WE WILL CONTINUE TO WORK TO TRY TO HAVE A BETTER OUTCOME THAN WHAT IS PLANNED.
OCTOBER 29, 2018 - WE HAVE CONFIRMED THAT THERE WILL BE BOTH PLANNING AND ZONING COMMISSION AND BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONER HEARINGS. WE WILL POST THAT INFORMATION HERE AND ALL OTHER AFFILIATED OUTLETS AS SOON AS THE DATES ARE ANNOUNCED.
April 11, 2018 - application was submitted for c470 alameda business park. the development is at the sw & nw corners of c470 & alameda, west of c470.
July 5, 2018 - formal application filed for subdivision for the c470 alameda business park.
JULY 31, 2018 - FIRST REFERRAL PERIOD FOR COMMENTS CLOSES. THE APPLICANT HAS 180 DAYS TO SUBMIT REQUESTED INFORMATION IN RESPONSE TO REFERRAL COMMENTS.
Dinosaur Ridge Neighbors
This local, grass roots organization was formed in late March 2016 to mobilize the citizens of Colorado to defeat the rezoning of privately owned parcels of land at the NW and SE quadrants of C-470 and West Alameda (near Dinosaur Ridge, Green Mountain Open Space and Dakota Ridge Open Space). We truly believe with a unified effort we can stop the rezoning. The ultimate vision is to try and protect the land from uses not compatible with the surrounding open space.
In mid-October, 2018 our vision remains much the same with the focus shifting from re-zoning to arguing compatibility of five 35’ tall warehouses at the base of Dino Ridge, west of C470 known as the C470 Alameda (aka Foothills) Business Park, and and public finance relating to a significant loan to the developer’s metrodistrict to build an interchange that primarily serves to access their property and provide connectivity between their parcels. We believe if public dollars are to be used to build access to private property then all the rules must be adhered to. In 2007 all the rules we completely disregarded and a combined $9M dollar loan goes unpaid.