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MCGC Neighbors Weekly News Blast

Oil & Gas Waivers Update
Public Input?  Research?

In order to claim that the public has been given an opportunity to provide input, the City recently asked its residents to complete a survey regarding the four waivers it is consistently granting to the oil and gas industry. That survey was originally published on the Planning Department’s website, not a great place if you really want the public to see it.  Fortunately, notice of the survey spread, and we published it in the September 17, 2014 edition of the MCGC Neighbors News Blast.  The results of that survey, which indicated the majority of the respondents are against the waivers, can be found here.
In an attempt to stop the public from objecting to the four waivers, the City is planning to amend the zoning codes to incorporate these four waivers into law.  This would eliminate the public’s ability to object, as no waivers would be granted.  This may stop objections, but the issues will still exist
This seems too important an issue to rush through changes to the zoning codes before proper study has been done and real input has been solicited.  We believe the Planning Department has been instructed to rush through these changes, and this is disturbing.  Wouldn’t it be better to live with the waivers, and the public outcry, instead of making radical changes to the zoning codes that might be regretted later, when perhaps some study has been done?
For example, the height of the Vapor Recovery Towers (VRT) is one of the waivers.  Current City regulations call for a maximum height of 20 feet.  The waiver requests a height of 31.5 feet.  Once this waiver is in place, there will be no grounds to object to the next tall structures ConocoPhillips wants, which are 32 feet tall, quilted noise mitigation towers.  This is NOT speculation; we heard ConocoPhillips make this statement about the height of its noise mitigation towers.
The 31.5 foot tall Vapor Recovery Towers are being presented as the only way to comply with air quality requirements from CDPHE.  But, no other alternatives, such as the low profile vapor recovery systems, are even being considered.  It doesn’t seem right to amend current zoning codes, based on no research.  If our concerns are unfounded and research has actually been done, it would seem appropriate that the results of that research be posted in a prominent location on the City’s website and be referenced in its justifications for the waivers and in the proposed amendments to the zoning codes.
The proposed modifications to the zoning codes can be seen here, beginning on Page 10, and will be discussed at the next Planning, Economic Development & Redevelopment committee meeting on October 9, 2014.  These changes will affect us for the next 30 years, so please review them yourself and let the City Council members on that committee know your thoughts.  Those Council Members are Marsha Berzins, Brad Pierce, and Molly Markert.  You are also invited to communicate with our Ward II Council Member, Renie Peterson.

MCGC Neighbors Small Business Expo

Expo and Bazaar Report

The Small Business Expo and Bazaar (sponsored by MCGC Neighbors) this past Saturday was great fun!!

There were exhibitors, mostly from the neighborhood, who filled their tables with a large array of products and services.  Neighbors who participated placed orders or went home with bags of gifts for family or themselves. 

And, two of our participants won door prizes.  Thank You to the Tavern for donating two gift certificates which were won by Jeanette Bowman and Shannon Hanna!  We, at MCGC Neighbors, would like to thank all of you who supported the neighborhood as an Exhibitor or as a Shopper! 

We are providing below a list of this year's businesses so that you can contact them if interested in their services or products.  Clicking on a business name links to its email address.  Please click here for a little more information about each business.

All Eyes on U, LLC
Amanda's Truffles
AV Treatment Services
BV Pet Sitting
Canine Kerchiefs
CrossFit Terra Nova
Finding Fitness LLC
IT Works!
Origami Owl
Sassy Splash
The Pampered Chef
Thirty-One Gifts
Two Sisters
Usborne Books
Worldwide Travel

Calendar at a Glance

Calendar at a Glance

Oct 9 (Thurs) – Aurora Line/I225 Rail - 5:45PM - Aurora Municipal Center - Call 303-739-7280 to register

Oct 11 & 12 (Sat & Sun) - Punkin Chunkin - Arapahoe Horse Track - Check here for Times and Details

Oct 13 & 15 (Mon & Wed) – Poker - the Tavern - Register by 6:00PM - plays begins at 7:00PM


Pause for a Pet

Pause for a Pet

Did you know?  A number of foods or common household items can be toxins to your pets.  Don’t feed your pets these items or leave them around where pets can sniff, lick or chew.

Chocolate, grapes, raisins & currants, sugar-free gum & candy, fatty table scraps, onions & garlic, compost, human medications, macadamia nuts, house hold cleaners, unbaked bread dough, and alcohol.

Those raisins you accidently dropped on the floor, or the medication you left on the counter, or the cleaner you sprayed in the shower and left to work, that chocolate you shared with your pet, and on and on.  These are behaviors that we may not realize are dangerous for our pets.  Consider sharing this list with your children and posting it on your refrigerator as a reminder.  No one wants to accidently poison a furry member of the family.

Punkin Chunkin

Chuckin a Punkin


The 17th annual Punkin Chunkin festival sponsored by the City of Aurora is taking place on October 11 and 12, just down the road at the Arapahoe Horse Track at 26000 E. Quincy Ave.

This is a totally unique event in which teams of pumpkin launchers use their energy and ingenuity to launch pumpkins down a 1 mile range.  There are also games, live music, a pumpkin patch, food and beer.  For more details click here.
Green Valley Landscape and Sprinkler
Sean Closset - #1 Colorado Native Realtor
Rhonda Schriner - Residential Real Estate
Jennifer Oldham - Your Neighborhood Realtor
Dave Sullivan - Your Community Realtor
MCGC Membership Partner - discounts for MCGC members!
Balanced Birth Services
MCGC Membership Partner - discounts for MCGC members!
Murphy Creek Tavern
MCGC Membership Partner - discounts for MCGC members!
Plains Conservation Center
MCGC Membership Partner - discounts for MCGC members!
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