There is always someone who thinks they are special. In reference to the Tuesday, April 21 article concerning the landowner who wants to use a 40′ setback for personal use in the Goldbranch subdivision in Niwot. I was one of the several homeowners who attended many meetings concerning the development of this subdivision. One of the items on the agenda at those meetings that was approved by Boulder County was the 40′ setback and 60′ wildlife corridor surrounding the development. That setback was not meant to be used by a poorly planned project and the open space was meant to be left as a wildlife corridor.
The landowner who is building a 13,000 sq. ft. home on an acre of land wants to encroach on the setback with solar panels. A quote from Mr. Abramson, the landowner,” I have the land for the solar system. And I have the desire to put it in.” Apparently he doesn’t have room to put the solar panels on his acre lot without using the setback because he filled the lot with a 13,000 sq. ft. house!
My question is why wasn’t this problem considered before the building permit was issued? There had to have been several options that should have been considered during the planning stages and design of this project to accommodate the BuildSmart requirements.
Mr. Abramson is also complaining about the BuildSmart program forcing landowners to put solar panels in the shade of a home’s north-facing walls. Again, if the home had been designed properly he would not be having these problems.
I sincerely hope that Boulder County adheres to its promise to the homeowners who live adjacent to the Goldbranch development that the dedicated 40′ setback and the 60′ wildlife open space corridor will remain intact for the purpose for which it was approved.