Oil and Gas Committee - Minutes
Thursday, April 05, 2012
Minutes of the Oil and Gas Committee Meeting
April 5, 2012
City Hall, 107 N. Nevada, Pikes Peak Conference Room
Colorado Springs, CO 80903
Councilmember Val Snider, Chair
Councilmember Brandy Williams, Vice Chair
Councilmember Angela Dougan – arrived 8:40, departed 9:00, arrived 10:30
Chris Melcher, City Attorney – departed 9:15
Randy Case, O&G Committee Member – arrived 8:50
Stephen Harris, O&G Committee Member
Michael Martin, O&G Committee Member
Jan Handke, O&G Committee Member
Chris Mendrop, O&G Committee Member
Ed McCord, O&G Committee Member
John Maynard – Committee Member
Howard Boigon – Consultant
Ana Gutierrez – Consultant
Dick Anderwald, LGD (Local Government Designee)
Steve Cox – Mayor’s Office
Councilmember and Committee Chair Val Snider opened the meeting at 8:30 a.m.
Introductions were made by all present.
Briefing by Chris Melcher
Chris reminded the committee that according to the Colorado Supreme Court ruling, no City or County in the State can prohibit oil and gas activity entirely.
The 2 issues before the committee and, ultimately, the City Council are:
The Committee discussed areas they feel are important for Colorado Springs to regulate.
Proposed areas of regulation could include:
What a Municipality cannot regulate:
The Committee will evaluate which of the above areas are already addressed in the City Land Use Code. Then, additional areas of regulation, as appropriate, could be addressed in a separate chapter/article of the Land Use Code.
The Committee decided the current way of regulating mining activities (oil and gas) will not do. Currently mining activities are permitted only in areas zoned Agricultural.
The Committee also decided a separate article of the City Code for oil and gas activity is needed. This article will contain only additional requirements not addressed in the current City Land Use Code.
Continued open discussion.
Actions for Next Meeting
A set of draft outline regulations will be presented by City Planning.
The Committee will discuss more about what its regulations will include and more about the “hows” of implementing the oil and gas regulations.
Committee Chair Val Snider adjourned the meeting at 11:40 a.m.
Next Meeting: April 12, 2012, 8:30-11:30, in the Pikes Peak Room of Colorado Springs City Hall, at 107 N. Nevada Ave., Colorado Springs, CO, 80903