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"Colorado officials consider eminent domain as solution to TTF problem"



Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Boulder council gives initial nod to eminent domain for airport land
By Heath Urie
The Boulder (CO) Camera


In a unanimous vote Tuesday night, the Boulder City Council gave initial
approval to a measure that would authorize the use of eminent domain powers
to force a Boulder County property owner to sell his land to the city. 

The city is seeking land owned by Barry Barnow, a longtime Boulder pilot and
owner of Boulder Valley Aviation. 

Barnow's property, at 5864 Rustic Knolls Drive, sits just outside Boulder
Municipal Airport and contains a longtime "through the fence" agreement that
allows the property owner to taxi an aircraft directly to the airport
runway. 

City officials argue that the access agreement puts the airport's federal
funding at risk due to safety concerns. 

The city intends to try to negotiate with Barnow for the sale of his
property, but Barnow has repeatedly said he doesn't want to sell. Approval
of the measure means the city could use its powers of eminent domain if the
negotiations fail.

On the web:
http://www.bouldercolorado.gov/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=201
&Itemid=740


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