|MARK SHAFFER EMAIL
As many of you already know, McWhinney has
requested yet another special favor from Loveland’s
city council. A few years back, the McWhinneys
asked the council to declare some 1000 acres of land at
the intersection of I-25 and US 34 as “blighted” and
unlikely to be developed. Not content with the
absurdity of declaring prime farmland equivalent to
inner-city decay and therefore subject to tax breaks for
the developer, they now want to expand the affected
land and their authority to pick and choose which acres
should and shouldn’t be developed. This so-called
“Flex URA” is the first of its kind in the nation and a
huge boon to the owners, allowing them to keep a large
portion of their property taxes and use the funds to
enhance the value of their land even further.
They managed to sell the idea to a majority of the
council at a series of “2 x 2 meetings” during which
they discussed the issues with two councilors at a time,
presumably to skirt Colorado’s Open Meetings Law.
No information from those meetings has been released
to the public.
Loveland has many problems and many opportunities.
There is a crying need for our local government to
focus on ways to obtain dedicated open space, reduce
train noise, protect and grow businesses in other parts
of the city, and help home owners maintain property
values in the middle of a record downturn in housing
markets. But these and other important issues are
ignored in the pursuit of fickle retail taxes and ways to
give away the store to one, extremely large developer.
I, for one, have had enough.
The council is meeting to approve the proposal at 6:30
PM, SEPTEMBER 2 AT LOVELAND’S CITY HALL
(500 East Third Street, near the Foote Lagoon). We
are urging all of our friends and neighbors to attend that
meeting and let the council know, if only by our
presence (though you can address the council if you
wish), that we are tired of Loveland’s leaders spending
their time and our money to help the very wealthy while
ignoring the needs of ordinary citizens.
Please join us on the second and urge any interested
friends to do so as well.
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|500 Acres To Be Declared Blight and "Slum" Near Centerra
7 of 9 Council members likely to go along with McWhinney request given votes so far on this issue
In an audacious move to qualify an additional 500 acres of properties owned by McWhinney for new special tax rebates for 25
years, the Loveland City Council has received a study claiming five blocks of land in east Loveland are "blight" and uses terms such
as "slums" and "inadequate transportation" to describe the land. The study entitled, "Loveland Regional Improvements Blight Study"
is now available here along with other details regarding the preparations being made by Loveland staff for a major amendment to
their agreement with McWhinney. The Council is expected to officially declare the blight and abdicate their governmental authority to
McWhinney during the August 19, 2008 City Council meeting.
1. April 16, 2008 - Secret meetings held with McWhinney to brief a "land swap" to Council
2. June 2, 2008 - "Flexibility" plan announced and purpose of secret meetings disclosed
3. June 24, 2008 - "Cornucopia" Council annexes and zones parcels in preparation for "Flexibility" plan
4. July 2, 2008 - City Council tense as Councilman Kent Solt reminds Council that he can't support annexations since "entire
picture" has not yet been revealed to the public.
|Approximation of areas
McWhinney wants declared
A rural area of productive farm land
just east of Boyd Lake
Agricultural land along highway 34
A small parcel of land along highway
34 next to 'Grand Station'
Open land east of Centerra
The old dog racing track - the report
notes it is mostly parking area.
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