Voters will have the opportunity to elect a Mayor and two Town Council Members and vote on a Town Charter Amendment at the April 2, 2024 election.
At the January 9 Town Council Meeting, the Council passed a resolution to ask voters if they would like to amend the Town of Timnath Home Rule Charter to Prohibit Annexation of Mining Permit Land, as outlined in a proposed amendment to the Town Charter.
The election will take place by mail and ballot drop off, with ballots being mailed to registered voters between March 11, 2024 and March 15, 2024. Completed ballots must be returned by 7 p.m. on April 2, 2024; submitted by mail or dropped off at two designated locations: 4800 Goodman Street and 4750 Signal Tree Drive in Timnath.
The official ballot language will ask voters if they want to amend the Town of Timnath Home Rule Charter to Prohibit Annexation of Mining Permit Land:
Amending the Town of Timnath Home Rule Charter to Prohibit Annexation of Mining Permit Land
Shall the Home Rule Charter of the Town of Timnath be amended to prohibit the Town from annexing any real property that is encompassed by a permit issued under Colorado’s mined land reclamation statutes where reclamation of the property has not been fully completed to apply such prohibition to pending annexation applications, and to provide that annexations are final and effective only if there are no legal routes to challenge the annexation process?
A “Yes” Vote Means:
In summary, a “Yes” vote is aligned with maintaining current geographical boundaries by prohibiting the annexation of property under an open mining permit and conserving Town resources while allowing for county-level oversight.
A “No” Vote Means:
In summary, a “No” vote indicates a preference for maintaining the current legal, fiscal, and developmental framework of the Town, allowing the Town and the property owners to make annexation-related decisions consistent with Town-established goals and plans, providing the Town with land-use authority and revenue from annexed mining properties.
Understanding Mining, Annexation, Land Use, Zoning, and Regulatory Oversight in Colorado, and Town Charter Amendments
What is Mining?
Mining refers to the extraction of minerals and other valuable materials from the Earth. In Colorado, this typically involves removing resources like coal, metals, gemstones, gravel, and aggregates from various types of deposits. Within the Town of Timnath, “mining” is considered “Resource extraction, processes, and sales establishment” and are Conditional Use in the Regional Commercial and Industrial Zoning Districts.
What is Annexation?
Annexation is the process by which a city or town extends its boundaries to incorporate adjacent land, after which the general regulation of the use of that land comes under its jurisdiction.
What is Land Use Regulation/Control?
Land use or control encompasses the rules and policies governing how land is utilized and managed. This includes designations for residential, agricultural, commercial, or industrial purposes and conserving natural resources. Land use regulation does not include mining regulation, which is performed by the State.
What is Zoning?
Zoning is the division of a municipality into designated areas or “zones” that specify the allowable uses for land and buildings. Zoning regulations control land development, building sizes, and the type of operations conducted in a community.
What Regulatory Agency Oversees Mining?
The Colorado Division of Reclamation, Mining, and Safety (DRMS) is responsible for overseeing mining activities. They ensure that mining is conducted in a safe and environmentally responsible manner, adhering to state laws and regulations. For more information about DRMS, go to drms.colorado.gov.
What is a Home Rule Charter?
The Town of Timnath Home Rule Charter establishes Timnath as a home rule municipality and defines the specific authorities of the Town Council and administrators. The Charter also sets forth guidelines and processes for legislation, financing, and providing specific services within Timnath. We were empowered to make our own charter as a Town, and our community is empowered to make changes and must approve any changes by a majority vote.
How does a Town Charter amendment work?
For additional information, including a timeline of the process of a Town Charter amendment, visit timnath.org/town-charter-amendments.
As a home rule community, changes to the Town of Timnath Charter must receive voter approval via a ballot question. Adding this question to the April 2 ballot follows the Timnath Town Clerk’s verification of signatures collected supporting the charter amendment petition.
To view the full amendment to Timnath Home Rule Charter, click here.
To view Campaign Disclosure Reports, click here.
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