A real Longmont crisis vs. an imagined one
By Dave Larison
It occurs to me in the midst of the current public health crisis that Longmont actually has two declared emergencies in effect, one a very real threat due to COVID-19 and the other a fictitious “climate emergency” forced by local environmentalists in the fall of 2019.
Last January at a Longmont City Council meeting, I incredulously heard a deputy city manager state, “This is a crisis (climate change) not unlike the crisis and emergency that we went through in the 2013 flood.” Oh please. If anything, there will be a great backlash against the radical environmental movement in light of the coronavirus pandemic.
Mile-Hi Skydiving Purple Otter Ribbons
(Cross-posted from Examiner.com)
In October of 2013, Gunbarrel, Colorado resident Kimberly Gibbs, who after claiming for several years that Longmont airport and city officials were doing nothing about noise from the airport, filed suit in Boulder County District Court against Mile-Hi Skydiving, which is based at Vance Brand Airport in Longmont. At the time of the court filing, Ms. Gibbs was the only named plaintiff in addition to that of an LLC filing she set up in the name of Citizens for Quiet Skies, of which she was also the registered agent. She later would add those living at four other Boulder County addresses to her own name on the list of seven total (five individuals and two married couples) as named plaintiffs (Gibbs/Timothy Lim, Robert Yates, Suzanne Webel, John Behrens/Carla Behrens, and Richard Dauer), in addition to an unknown number of people she named publicly only as “Citizens For Quiet Skies, LLC.”
On January 20, 2015, Ms. Gibbs appeared before Longmont City Council on behalf of Citizens for Quiet Skies, stating that the city needed to either adopt a comprehensive noise abatement plan that includes mandatory limits on skydiving operations and addresses other local concerns, like (airplane) touch-and-go’s, and helicopters. It was at this meeting (video of which can be found at THIS link) that she presented her other choice:
“Close the airport.” According to Ms. Gibbs, “It is an option.”
Randal O’Toole of the Independence Institute confirms what we’ve known all along–that forced affordable housing programs don’t work and amount to government engineering of local real estate markets.
Fortunately, Longmont City Council under Mayor Bryan Baum repealed its Inclusionary Zoning ordinance in 2011. But in true far-left fashion, the city of Boulder continues its affordable housing program at an outlandish 20% mandate to builders.
The unsurprising failure of Denver’s ‘affordable housing’ ordinance
By Randal O’Toole
Denver’s urban-growth boundary has made housing expensive. More than a decade ago, the city blamed “failure by the private market to produce enough affordable housing” (see p. 5). To fix this “failure,” the city required developers to build “affordable housing.” Now, the city admits that this ordinance is a failure. Continue reading