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Arapahoe County hosted a pair of gatherings last month that invited County residents to provide input about the County’s updated plans for oil and gas development. Now the real work begins.
The County is addressing the issue by focusing on the quality of life and the health of our residents while also making sure any new regulations reflect the most advanced and most responsible energy development practices.
A key component of these efforts is gathering feedback from our residents. The County’s Public Works and Development staff have led small-group stakeholder meetings since last year, and January’s public open houses enabled interested residents to offer their opinions and concerns about oil and gas development in their communities. Residents and industry representatives also are invited to take this survey about the issue by February 7.
“Arapahoe County has been taking a balanced approach to oil and gas development because it’s the best way to represent the interests of all stakeholders,” said Arapahoe County Commissioner Jeff Baker, who represents the part of the County most likely to be affected by new operations. “Once we’ve gathered and assessed the feedback and data from these meetings we’ll build our recommendations around them, and we’ll continue to seek everyone’s input throughout the process.”
Once the County has compiled resident feedback and obtained input from the Board, officials will use the information to help draft new regulations to the County’s Land Development Code. Beginning this spring, the County will host more public meetings and workshops, as well as public hearings with the County Planning Commission and Board of Commissioners, so interested residents will have multiple opportunities to make their voices heard.
For more information about Arapahoe County’s oil and gas development plans, visit our website.