UPDATED JAN 14 2020
Niwot has been operating as an ‘unofficial’ town for decades, through volunteerism, events, parades, economic development and infrastructure improvements. Niwot was originally platted in 1875 with the intention of incorporating, but never did - remaining under Boulder County rule.* Niwot’s success has depended upon a cooperative and respectful relationship with the Boulder County Commissioners and their staff. Recent changes in County priorities have necessitated a reevaluation to see if Niwot could be better served by local representation.
Without consultation, Niwot property owners were blindsided with unannounced policy changes with no input from stakeholders. The subdivision road policy changes in 1995 and the moratorium in 2018 were both put into place without notice or input from the community. See Editorial "Broken Trust in Niwot"
Their subdivision road policy, placing responsibility for major road repairs (reconstruction, overlay and chip sealing) of dedicated public roads on the homeowners, with the current status of 75% of Niwot's roads are in poor or fair condition, requiring $16 million to correct. (See Road Analysis)
Impacting five pending projects that had scheduled pre-application conferences prior to Sept 2018, all of which are now indefinitely on hold.
Their lack of representation of the interests of the greater Niwot Community due to the fact that Niwot represents less than 1.5% of the Boulder County population. The Commissioners represent the 324,000 residents of the entire County. Niwot’s 4,500 residents have little voice.
Compromising pedestrian safety allowing vehicles to cross the sidewalk encroaching on pedestrians on second avenue. This is in direct conflict with the Boulder County Comprehensive Plan, which encourages walkability and safety. (See FAQ What does the Boulder County Comprehensive Plan say about Niwot?)
Approving the purchase of a property with Niwot LID sales tax dollars for 2nd Avenue parking, and then denying the approval of the parking area until ‘triggers’ are achieved. Over $200,000 was spent (Nov. 2017) purchasing the parking area that sits vacant, with no plan of implementation.
Their Land Use policy. Specifically the restrictive square footage limits that deny many homeowners the right to make minimal improvements to their homes. Regardless of the size of your property, your square footage is limited to 125% of the median square footage of your neighbors.
Boulder County has not represented Niwot by:
*"Although plans for its incorporation early in the century never happened, all the ingredients necessary for survival were there..."
Anne Quinby Dyni, Niwot Colorado: Echoes From a Railroad Town