The following policies are excerpted from the Boulder County Comprehensive Plan. A complete list of the Natural Landmark Policies is found in Appendix 8.4
ER 1.01 Natural Landmarks and natural areas as identified in the Environmental Resources Element, and as may be identified from time to time or pursuant to 36-10-101, CRS, as amended, shall be protected from destruction or harmful alteration.
ER 1.02 Land use proposals which could have a potential adverse impact to Natural Landmarks shall be dealt with on a case-by-case basis. Depending on the scale of the proposal and the scope of the adverse impacts, the County may determine that a site specific evaluation of the impacts is warranted and will be required of the applicant.
ER 1.04 Boulder County, utilizing County staff, volunteers, and professionals, shall continue researching potential County natural areas and Natural Landmarks. The research will be to update the Environmental Resources Element, adding qualified areas and Landmarks to those currently designated on Map Sheets 4 and 6.E.R 1.09 The Parks and Open Space Department shall conduct analyses of existing and potential Natural Landmarks for the purpose of identifying land ownership and a feasible program for protection of the feature(s) and/or vistas of the Landmark. Buffer zones will be designated to appropriately insulate Natural Landmarks from detrimental land use encroachments.
OS 3.01 Where necessary to protect water resources and/or riparian habitat the County shall ensure, to the extent possible, that areas adjacent to water bodies, functional irrigation ditches and natural water course areas shall remain free from development (except designated aggregate resource areas). The County may preserve these open corridor areas by means of appropriate dedication during the development process, reasonable conditions imposed through the development process or by acquisition.
OS 3.02 Where appropriate the County shall continue to acquire parcels of land or right-of-way easements to provide linkages between public lands.
OS 3.03 To the extent possible, the County shall protect scenic corridors along highways and mountain road systems. The County may preserve these scenic corridor areas by means of appropriate dedication during the development process, reasonable conditions imposed through the development process or, by acquisition.
OS 3.04 Areas that are considered as valuable scenic vistas and Natural Landmarks shall be preserved as much as possible in their natural state.
|Figure 8.7 View to the northeast and the plains of Boulder County from Magnolia Road near the Magnolia Townsite. A portion of Flagstaff Mountain is in the upper right corner of the view.|