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February 4, 2019

Boulder County to hear Denver Water’s appeal of county review of Gross Reservoir Dam Expansion Project, March 14


Commissioners to accept public testimony at a hearing on Thursday, March 14 on the Land Use Director’s determination that the project is subject to “1041" local review


(Boulder County, Colo.) -- The Board of County Commissioners has scheduled a public hearing for Thursday, March 14 at 4:30 p.m. in the Commissioners’ Hearing Room to consider Denver Water’s appeal of the Boulder County Land Use Director’s decision that the Gross Reservoir Expansion Project is not exempt from the county’s Areas and Activities of State Interest (1041) Review.*

  • What: Board of County Commissioners’ Public Hearing
  • When: Thursday, March 14 beginning at 4:30 p.m. (meeting details)
  • Where: Boulder County Courthouse, 1325 Pearl St., Third Floor, Boulder (map)

Hearing Details: This is a Public Hearing for the Board of County Commissioners to determine whether the Boulder County Land Use Director erred in his decision that the proposed Gross Reservoir Expansion Project is subject to 1041 (local government) review.

The public hearing will focus on the limited scope of the determination and is not a hearing or decision on the perceived impacts or merits of the reservoir expansion project.

Online Sign-up for Speaking Times at the Public Hearing: On Thursday, Feb. 14 at noon the online sign-up forms for Individual Speakers and Pooled-Time Speakers will become available at bit.ly/GrossDamExpansion. All sign-ups will be placed in order based on the time they are received. Those wishing to sign up for pooled time will need to include the names and addresses for anyone donating time to the pool.

In-Person Speaker Sign-ups: Members of the public will be able to speak at the hearing whether or not they have signed up online in advance of the hearing. In-person speaker sign-ups will be taken beginning one-hour in advance of the hearing start time and will include individual speakers and pooled-time speakers. The county commissioners will continue to take public testimony until all speakers have had an opportunity to comment.

Written comments may be submitted through the online Gross Reservoir 1041 Review Determination Comment Form or mailed to the Boulder County Commissioners’ Office, P.O. Box 471, Boulder, CO 80306 by noon on Tuesday, March 12, in order to be considered by the Board of County Commissioners prior to the March 14 public hearing.

Land Use Director’s Determination (Timeline and Details)

  • On Oct. 12, 2018, Denver Water requested that Boulder County Land Use Director Dale Case determine whether Denver Water’s proposed Gross Reservoir Expansion Project is exempt from Article 8 of the Boulder County Land Use Code, pursuant to CRS § 24-65.1-107, because the land was zoned for use as a reservoir in 1974 (prior to the State’s adoption of 1041 regulations). Director Case determined that the project is subject to review under the Land Use Code. The Director found that the statutory exemption did not apply.
  • On Oct. 30, 2018, Denver Water submitted additional information and requested that the Director reconsider his decision.
  • On Jan. 18, 2019, the Director Case affirmed his initial determination that the project is subject to 1041 review. Denver Water has appealed that decision to the Board of County Commissioners.
  • The County Commissioners have set a public hearing for Thursday, March 14 at 4:30 p.m. pursuant to the Boulder County Land Use Code to consider Denver Water's appeal.

*Background of Colorado’s “1041 Powers” or “1041 Regulations”

Colorado law grants “1041 powers” to local governments to identify, designate, and regulate areas and activities of state interest through a local permitting process. The general intention of these powers is to allow for local governments to maintain their control over development projects even where the development project has statewide impacts. More information about the regulations passed in 1974 by the Colorado Legislature can be found here.


Photo of the dam at Gross

Email or Text Updates on the Gross Reservoir Expansion Project

  • To receive notices from Denver Water about the Gross Reservoir Expansion project, look for the “Sign Up for Email Updates” option at the bottom of the "About the Project" page on their Gross Reservoir website.
  • Boulder County also has an email or text sign up list to receive a county-related hearing and meeting announcements concerning the proposed dam expansion project. You can unsubscribe at any time. Additional information is available on the Boulder County website at: bit.ly/GrossDamExpansion.