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Enhanced Planning Communication and Notification
•  Colorado Revised Statutes §29-1-207 30-28-106, 31-23-206 (Acts 2005, Chapter 59, S.B. 05-080) (H.B. 1205 of 2010): The General Assembly declared that local governments should cooperate with military installations in “order to encourage compatible land use, help prevent incompatible urban encroachment upon military installations, and facilitate the continued presence of major military installations within the state.” Local governments with a military installation in excess of 500 acres located within two miles of a territorial boundary of the locality shall provide “timely” notification of certain actions to the military installation commander or his or her designee. Information shall include changes in the comprehensive plan or its amendments or land use regulations that if approved would “significantly affect the intensity, density or use of any area within the territorial boundaries of the local government that is within two miles of the military installation.” This requirement does not require information related to site-specific development applications under consideration by the local government. 
•  After providing the prescribed information to the military, the local government must also provide the commanding officer of the military installation (or his or her designee) an opportunity to review and comment on the military mission impact of the proposed change. Comments, due in 14 business days, may include: 
o  Impact on the airfield’s safety and noise impact set forth in their Air Installation Compatible Use Zone (AICUZ); 
o  Incompatibility with the Installation Environmental Noise Management Program (IENMP) of the military installation; 
o  Incompatibility with the area’s Joint Land Use Study (JLUS) findings; and
o  If the mission will be adversely affected by the proposed actions. 
•  The local government when considering approval of the comprehensive plan or its amendments or its land use regulations shall review the comments and forward a copy of the comments to the Office of Smart Growth. 

C.R.S. §29-1-207
C.R.S. §30-28-106
C.R.S. §31-23-206
H.B. 1205 of 2010

Eminent Domain near Fort Carson
Colorado H.B. 1069 of 2007 withdrew the state’s consent to the use of eminent domain to acquire land for purposes associated with the expansion of the Piñon Canyon Maneuver site near Fort Carson.  The bill became effective upon Governor Bill Ritter’s approval on May 3, 2007.

H.B. 1069 of 2007

Land Lease Associated with Piñon Canyon 
Colorado H.B. 1317 of 2009 prohibits the state Board of Land Commissioners from selling or leasing lands to the United States department of defense or any federal governmental entity for purposes associated with the expansion of the Piñon Canyon maneuver site. The bill became effective upon Governor Bill Ritter’s approval on June 2, 2009.

H.B. 1317 of 2009


Open Space/Conservation

Great Outdoors Colorado
A constitutional amendment approved by the voters of Colorado in 1992 added Article XXVII of the Colorado Constitution, which created the Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO) Trust Fund.  According to Article XXVII, a portion of state lottery proceeds “shall be guaranteed and permanently dedicated to the preservation, protection, enhancement and management of the state’s wildlife, park, river, trail and open space heritage.”  The law further requires the GOCO program to include:

•  Investments in the wildlife resources of the state, including the protection and restoration of crucial wildlife habitats, appropriate programs for maintaining Colorado’s diverse wildlife heritage, wildlife watching, and educational programs about wildlife and wildlife environment;
•  Investments in the outdoor recreation resources of Colorado through the Colorado Division of Parks and Outdoor Recreation, including the State Parks system, trails, public information and environmental education resources, and water for recreational facilities;
•  Competitive grants to the Colorado Divisions of Parks and Outdoor Recreation and Wildlife, and to counties, municipalities, or other political subdivisions of the state, or non-profit land conservation organizations, to identify, acquire, and manage open space and natural areas of statewide significance; and 
•  Competitive matching grants to local governments or other entities which are eligible for distributions from the Conservation Trust Fund, to acquire, develop, or manage open lands and parks.

Contact:
Lise Aangeenbrug
Great Outdoors Colorado
303 E. 17th Aavenure, Suite 1060
Denver, Colorado 80203
(303) 226-4500
info@goco.org

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Conservation Easement Statutes
Conservation easements in the state are authorized by Colorado Revised Statutes §38-30.5-101 et seq.

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Conservation Easement Credit
An income tax credit (Colorado Revised Statutes §39-22-522) is available for tax years beginning on or after January 1, 2000, for the donation of a perpetual conservation easement in gross on real property located in the state. The credit is based on the fair market value of the easement. The donation must be made to a governmental entity or a charitable organization that is exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Federal Internal Revenue Code of 1954, as amended, and created at least two years prior to receipt of the easement. The donation must also qualify as a charitable contribution for federal income tax purposes.

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Fountain Creek Watershed
Colorado S.B. 141 of 2009 creates the Fountain Creek Watershed, flood control, and greenway district to address water quality issues, protecting natural resources, and fund the protection of open space. The bill became effective upon Governor Bill Ritter’s approval April 30, 2009.

S.B. 141 of 2009

Forest Legacy Program
The Colorado State Forest Service serves as the lead agency for the state’s Forest Legacy program.  The program identifies and helps conserve environmentally important forests from conversion to non-forest uses through the acquisition of partial interests in privately owned forest lands.

Contact:
Colorado State Forest Service
5060 Campus Delivery
Fort Collins, Colorado 80523-5060
(970) 491-6303
(970) 491-7736 fax

Physical Address:
3843 LaPorte Ave.
Fort Collins, Colorado 80523-5060

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Colorado Forest Biomass Use Work Group
Colorado S.B. 267 of 2011 creates the Colorado Forest Biomass Use Work Group to prioritize its efforts to address critical forested areas of the state, including the wild land-urban interface, electric utility infrastructure, transportation corridors, and water supply and quality.  The working group is required to recommend ways to maximize the Colorado state forest service's effectiveness with regard to the use of stewardship contracts to achieve land management goals for the national forests and the public lands that support the forest products industry and meet local and rural community needs without competing with the private forest management industry; and Colorado's good neighbor authority under federal law, including pursuant to stewardship contracts.

S.B. 267 of 2011

The Workgroup released a report discussing the implementation of SB11-267 in 2012. The report is available below.

Workgroup Report

Center for Environmental Management of Military Lands
The Center for Environmental Management of Military Lands (CEMML) at Colorado State University is a team of environmental professionals experienced in the conservation and sustainable management of natural and cultural resources on Department of Defense lands. CEMML provides technical services to support the military’s national defense mission. Military lands are critical assets for training and testing activities, but they also harbor diverse (and oftentimes rare) flora and fauna and cultural resources that must be protected. CEMML recognizes that military land use and resource conservation are compatible goals that can be accomplished through the integration of sustainable land management practices.

Contact:
Colorado State University
1490 Campus Delivery
Fort Collins, Colorado 80523-1490
(970) 491-2748 
(970) 491-2713 fax

Mr. Alan Mertens
(970) 491-6620
Alan.Mertens@ColoState.EDU

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Light Pollution/Dark Night Skies

Colorado revised Statutes §24-82-902 (Acts 2001, Chapter 201, H.B. 01-1160) states that on or after July 1, 2002, any new outdoor lighting fixture installed by or on behalf of the state using state funds is required to meet the following requirements:

•  For outdoor lighting fixtures with a rated output greater than three thousand two hundred lumens, the fixture is a full cutoff luminaire;
•  The minimum illuminance adequate for the intended purpose is used with consideration given to recognized standards, including, but not limited to, recommended practices adopted by the illuminating engineering society of North America (IESNA);
•  Full consideration has been given to costs, energy conservation, glare reduction, the minimization of light pollution, and the preservation of the natural night environment; and
•  For purposes of lighting a designated highway in the state highway system, the department of transportation determines that the purpose of the outdoor lighting fixture cannot be achieved by the installation of reflective road markers, lines, warning or informational signs, or other effective methods that do not require the use of artificial light.

C.R.S. 24-82-902

​Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade (OEDIT)
The Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade (OEDIT) works with statewide partners to create a positive business climate that encourages dynamic economic development and sustainable job growth. The Office’s main goal is to advance the state's economy through financial and technical assistance in support of local and regional economic development activities throughout Colorado. The Office encourages business development near military installations as well as the aerospace (outer space) industry in the State.


Ken Lund
Executive Director
(303) 892-3840
ken.lund@state.co.us


State Contact Information

Military Liaison POC
Mr. Greg Dorman, Resource Director and Legislative Liaison 
Department of Military and Veterans Affairs
6848 South Revere Parkway
Centennial, Colorado  80112
(720) 250-1511
(720) 250-1519
greg.dorman@dmva.state.co.us 
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Adjutant General
Major General H. Michael Edwards, Adjutant General
Department of Military and Veterans Affairs
6848 South Revere Parkway
Centennial, Colorado 80112
(720) 250-1500
michael.edwards@dmva.state.co.us

Ms. Jean Schjodt, Executive Assistant to the Adjutant General
(720) 250-1500

Legislative Process Regarding Military POCs
The House and Senate State, Veterans, and Military Affairs Committees address most of the relevant military base issues.  Most of the issues are addressed at the local government level, and in communities neighboring the base or bases in question.   

Committees of Primary Jurisdiction/Legislative Contact
Senate State, Veterans, and Military Affairs Committee
Senator Jessie Ulibarri, Chair
200 East Colfax 
Denver, Colorado 80203 
(303) 866-4857
senator.ulibarri@gmail.com

Ms. Julia Jackson
(303) 866-4788
julia.jackson@state.co.us

House State, Veterans, Military Affairs Committee
Representative Su Ryden, Chair
200 East Colfax
Denver, Colorado 80203 
(303) 866-2942
su.ryden.house@state.co.us

Ms. Jessika Shipley, Committee Staff
(303) 866-3528
jessika.shipley@state.co.us