|Lafarge North Table Mountains Open Space Transaction||
The exchange of land between Jefferson County and LaFarge is complete! A ceremony concluding a long process of the land transfer took place September 2nd, 2004 at the northwestern foot of North Table Mountain. The president of LaFarge North America, along with the three Jefferson County Commissioners and the Mayor or Golden, were present and spoke a few words celebrating this historic exchange.
Read below for the details of this key development in the protection of North Table Mountain:
Tuesday morning, October 1, 2002; the Jefferson County Board of County
Commissioners unanimously approved a land transaction with Lafarge-North
America. This was a milestone event
in what has been a long process.
four years ago Lafarge, that operates the Specification Aggregate Quarry
adjacent to Heritage Square in Golden, first tendered a proposal that would
adjust the southern boundary of its quarry through the addition of 60 acres of
land currently contained in Matthews-Winter Jefferson County Open Space north of
I-70. The proposal represented a
complicated open space transaction with great potential benefit to the Jefferson
County Open Space (JCOS) program but with wide ranging political, ecological and
philosophical ramifications for JCOS, the City of Golden and open space
formal proposal was made to the JCOS Open Space Advisory Committee (OSAC) on
February 7, 2002. However, even
before then significant modifications to the Lafarge proposal had been
effectively negotiated through the efforts of citizen open space advocacy
groups, led by Plan Jeffco. At the
time of the formal proposal to OSAC the major elements of the proposed
Transfer of 60 acres of Matthews-Winter JCOS on the southern border of
the quarry to Lafarge. Currently
this open space has no trails and is not accessible.
Transfer of three parcels in the vicinity of the quarry, totaling 60
acres, to JCOS. Contingent on the boundary adjustment, Lafarge would donate 463
acres it owns on North Table Mountain to JCOS. Lafarge
would donate the quarry land, including the Mathews-Winter Open Space obtained
in the boundary adjustment, back to JCOS at the end of the quarry life.
Lafarge would perform enhanced reclamation of all land quarried and
establish a sufficient bond to insure future reclamation Lafarge would
forgo the ability to mine a 106 acre parcel of land on State Land Board, Section
16 and will pay $50,000 a year in royalties to insure that the land is not
developed in the immediate future.
approved the proposal, recommending to the Board of County Commissioners that
the transaction go forward. Subsequently,
JCOS staff undertook extensive negotiations with Lafarge and although many
embellishments were added the essential elements of the deal remained intact for
approval by the Commissioners.
addition, negotiations with regard to the ultimate status of Section 16 land
will continue with the State Land Board.
For TMCF Position Statement on North Table Mountain Management Plans, click here
For Jefferson County Open Space concept plans for this mesa, click here.