Changes to Zoning Resolution Section 35, Drilling & Production of Oil & Gas

I suspect this update to our zoning regulations is in response to the recent Colorado Legislature ruling which stated that city and county regulations cannot override State. That was specifically in regard to fracking, but our county, ever on the leading edge of caving in to big industry, is obviously ready to fold. Read for yourself the the red-lined regulation with proposed changes: ZR Section 35 D&P O&G 073114 draft 14_107842AM

and the email cover letter follows. If you have any concerns regarding these changes to the drilling offsets from residences, or any of the other proposed changes, please contact Patrick O’Connell at poconnel@jeffco.us or 303-271-8707, and plan to submit comments by August 13, 2014. If you plan to attend the hearings, the Planning Commission hearing is scheduled for August 27, 2014 at 6:15 pm, and the Board of County Commissioners hearing is scheduled for September 16, 2014 at 8:00 am.

From: Pat OConnell [mailto:poconnel@co.jefferson.co.us]
Sent: Friday, 01 August, 2014 11:16 AM
Subject: Jefferson County Zoning Resolution Section 35, Drilling and Production of Oil and Gas, Proposed Amendments – Case No. 14-107842AM

The County is proposing changes to the Zoning Resolution, Section 35, Drilling And Production of Oil And Gas

Jefferson County staff is drafting an amendment to Section 35 of the Zoning Resolution regarding the Drilling And Production of Oil And Gas. This Section is being amended to clarify the process for drilling and production of oil and gas in different zone districts and to address the discrepancies between setback requirements with the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission rules and regulations.  The setbacks are being amended to match those in the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission rules and regulations.

The remarked version for the following Section is available for public review and comment, Case Number 14-107842AM:

  • Zoning Resolution – Section 35 – Drilling And Production of Oil And Gas

Information can also be found on the Regulation Revision webpage which can found here: http://jeffco.us/planning-and-zoning/regulations/regulation-revision/

For more information contact Patrick O’Connell at poconnel@jeffco.us or 303-271-8707.

Please submit comments by August 13, 2014. Planning Commission hearing is scheduled for August 27, 2014 at 6:15 pm. The Board of County Commissioners hearing is scheduled for September 16, 2014 at 8:00 am. Both hearings will be held in Hearing Room 1 of the Jefferson County Administration and Courts Building, 100 Jefferson County Parkway, Golden. Public testimony is encouraged at both hearings.

Pat OConnell, poconnel@co.jefferson.co.us

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Michelle Poolet

PLAN Jeffco Board Member. Michelle Poolet is a relative new-comer to PLAN Jeffco, but not to the world of volunteer work. She has been on the Board of PLAN Jeffco since 2008, and in that time has worked hard to ensure the success of various PJ conferences and events. She is part of the PLAN Jeffco web content subcommittee, and liaisons between the PLAN Jeffco Board and the Open Space Advisory Committee. Her “day job” is as President and Chief Enterprise Architect of Mount Vernon Data Systems, a BBB A+ accredited database consulting company. Michelle lives on Lookout Mountain, in unincorporated JeffCo, with her best pal, TessaRose the collie, with whom she enjoys daily trekking in the forests.

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