Public Hearing on Boulder County GMO's

  • The Plaza Event Center 1900 Ken Pratt Boulevard Longmont, CO, 80501 United States

Join us on February 29th as we tell Boulder County Commissioners that we say "NO" to GMOs!

What: The Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) along with the Parks and Open Space Advisory Committee (POSAC) will hold a public hearing on Monday, Feb. 29 at the Plaza Event Center in Longmont to take public input on whether to continue or change the current approval in Section 6.1 of the Cropland Policy that allows for the use of genetically engineered (GE) crops on Open Space land. That approval expires on Dec. 20, 2016.

At this hearning, BOCC and POSAC will take public testimony on whether to continue or change the current approval. No decisions will be made at this hearing.

When: Monday, Feb. 29 beginning at 1 p.m. (Note: the hearing is expected to be broken into an afternoon session from 1- 5 p.m. and an evening session from 6 p.m. until close. Due to the requirements of the venue, the hearing must conclude by midnight).

Where: The Plaza Event Center, 1850 Industrial Circle, Longmont (behind the Best Western Plus Plaza Hotel).

Note: 
There will not be any decision by either body at the Feb. 29 hearing. POSAC will deliberate their recommendation at a special meeting on March 15 at 6:30 p.m. in the Commissioners’ Hearing Room. A public meeting has been scheduled for Thursday, March 17 at 4 p.m. in the Commissioners’ Hearing Room for deliberation and a decision by the Board of County Commissioners. No further public comment will be taken at either of these meetings.

Background:
Section 6.1 of the Boulder County Parks and Open Space Cropland Policy approved, with specific protocols, the use of glyphosate resistant corn and sugarbeets on agricultural lands leased from Boulder County for a period of five years.

Requests for Individual Meetings with the County Commissioners:
The County Commissioners understand that there is intense public interest in this topic and anticipate they will receive requests for individual meetings prior to the Feb. 29 public hearing. In order to allow an equitable means to accommodate these requests, the Commissioners have set aside times to be available to meet with members of the public on an advance sign-up basis.

Requests must be made via phone (303-441-3500) or in person, and will be scheduled for 20 minutes during the following times:

Friday, Feb. 5 - between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.
Tuesday, Feb. 9 - between 1 and 5 p.m.
Friday, Feb. 19 - between 12 noon and 4 p.m.

Individuals and groups wishing to schedule a meeting during the times noted may request a meeting by either calling the Commissioners’ Office at 303-441 3500 or coming to the Commissioners’ Office on the Third Floor of the Boulder County Courthouse, 1325 Pearl Street, Boulder. Interested parties can choose a meeting date and will be assigned an available time slot.

All meetings will be held in the Third Floor Hearing Room at the Boulder County Courthouse, and, consistent with public meeting requirements, will be audio-recorded and open to the public.

Written Comments:
In order to be considered in time for the hearing and provided to POSAC members, the Commissioners have requested that written comments be submitted by mail, in person to the Commissioners’ Office, or online through a comment form available at: www.bouldercountyopenspace.org/croplandpolicy

The deadline to receive comments is Friday, Feb. 26 at 2 p.m. Written comments will be accepted after the deadline, but may not be reviewed in time for the public hearing.

Mailing address:
Boulder County Commissioners’ Office
Cropland Policy Comments
PO Box 471
Boulder, CO 80306

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