Boulder County OKs $3.85M in Open Space Purchases Northwest of Longmont
The Boulder County commissioners acted Thursday on two separate open space purchases of farm properties alongside North 75th Street, land northwest of Longmont that’s to be preserved in agricultural uses.
Commissioners Elise Jones and Deb Gardner voted to approve paying $1.9 million to buy about 106 acres of dryland and irrigated agricultural lands west of North 75th Street and north of Colo. 66.
Jones and Gardner also voted to approve the final purchase agreement documents related to buying about 116 acres of farmland northeast of North 75th Street and Woodland Road — an acquisition the commissioners had already approved in March.
The county will buy the 106 acres of farm land at 13359 N. 75th St., including mineral rights and water rights, from the current private owner B. Stitzel Investments LLLP.
A 1.1-acre parcel at the southeast corner of the current Stitzel Investments property — a parcel where there now is an existing house, garage, silo and storage shed — will be carved off and remain in private ownership, although Boulder County will have a conservation easement limiting the size of any future additions to the structures there now.
No one spoke at the commissioners’ public hearing on the proposed acquisition of the 106 acres of the Stitzel property, a purchase recommended by the county Parks and Open Space Department staff and the Parks and Open Space Advisory Committee.
A resolution formalizing the commissioners’ approval of the Stitzel property purchase will be scheduled for a future county board business meeting, and approval of that resolution will allow the staff to proceed with the acquisition.
In March, Commissioners Jones and Cindy Domenico approved the $1.95 million purchase of the 116 dryland farming acreage at North 75th and Woodland from the current private owners, the Vance and Beverly Brand Family Trust and the Bar D Ranch LLC, in order to preserve it as undeveloped open space. Gardner was absent at that meeting.
Former NASA astronaut Vance Brand is a Longmont native.
That purchase includes the rights to any minerals underneath the land. The property had been platted for four potential future residential building sites and has a Longs Peak Water District domestic water tap that could serve any homes to be built there, but the county’s preservation of the land as agricultural open space will preclude any residential development on the land.
At Thursday’s meeting, the final agreement for the purchase of the Brand/Bar D Ranch property was on the commissioners’ business meeting consent agenda, and the commissioners did not make any further comments about that acquisition. A closing on that real estate transaction is expected before the end of August.
Commissioner Cindy Domenico did not attend Thursday’s public hearing on the Stitzel acquisition or the business meeting’s final approval of the Brand/Bar D Ranch acquisition.
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