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Three things to know: Windsor approves oil and gas facility conditional use grants

The site plan for the Great Western Oil and Gas project includes a plan for rerouting the Poudre Trail. Conditional use grants for the project were approved Monday night at the Windsor Town Board meeting.

What Scott Ballstadt, Windsor Planning Department director, says may be the largest drilling pad in northern Colorado has achieved the next step in its approval process.

After a four-hour meeting Monday night, the Windsor Town Board approved permitting for oil and gas facilities, learned about the Parks, Recreation and Culture Department, and came to a consensus on a plan for filling board member Brenden Boudreau's soon-to-be vacant seat.

1. Conditional use grants approved for oil and gas facilities.

The Great Western Oil and Gas project that temporarily rerouted the Poudre Trail earlier in the year received permission Monday night from the Windsor Town Board night to continue after hours of discussion about the impact of the project.

Carlin Barkeen, Windsor's chief planner, said 59 wells were proposed to be part of the drill pad site, and the production pad will include eight tanks.

To minimized the impact on area traffic, Barkeen said Great Western agreed to a hauling route and to limit hauling to hours in between school and commuter traffic times, which means no truck hauling from 7:30-8:15 a.m. and 2:45-3:30 p.m. to accommodate school traffic, and no hauling from 7-8:30 a.m. and 4:30-6 p.m. for commuter traffic.

A long list of other conditions – nearly 40, according to Mayor Kristie Melendez – was also included in the Planning Department's presentation to the board, which includes a requirement for the company to send in drilling plans and other items before beginning to drill, Barkeen said.

During the public hearings on the site, Earl Pittman, with Windsor Neighbors for Responsible Drilling, became choked up when talking about the partnership that led to the site being moved away from the subdivisions where he and other residents concerned with having oil and gas drilling in their back yards live.

The board also discussed the possibility of adding a condition stipulating the company would need to come before the board again in three or five years to check in on "best management practices," but decided a precedent for the stipulation had not been set for other companies and chose to allow the planning department to handle any review in the future.

2. Boudreau's seat will be filled by the voters.

Windsor Town Board member Brenden Boudreau's District 6 seat will likely remain open until April 2018 after his resignation goes into effect July 31.

The board discussed options Monday night during the board's work session, and although the issue could be put on the November ballot, it would cost taxpayers extra dollars to hold a special election, according to Town Manager Kelly Arnold.

Board member Paul Rennemeyer said he would not want to cost taxpayers more money by holding a special election, and the majority of the board voiced its agreement.

3. Windsor Parks, Recreation and Culture Department one of four finalists for NRPA Gold Medal Award.

Eric Lucas, the Windsor Parks, Recreation and Culture Department director, said he applied for the NRPA Gold Medal Award because after working with several departments in four different states he "knows that we were very close to being a complete department."

The department has been invited to the NRPA conference in September, and the winner will be announced Tuesday, Sept. 26, Lucas said.

"Hopefully we will win, but regardless I think everyone in our community is a winner," he said.

Oil and gas in Windsor

For more information about oil and gas development in Windsor, visit http://www.windsorgov.com/827/Oil-Gas-Development-Info.