Update on Fish and Wildlife Service land transfer

Jan. 13, 2012 — As previously reported, Golden filed a lawsuit earlier this month in U.S. District court to halt the transfer by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service of land in the Rocky Flats National Wildlife Refuge for the construction of the proposed Jefferson Parkway.

While Golden believes that the lawsuit is one tool to promote appropriate regional transportation solutions, Golden said at the time that it will continue to work constructively to identify collaborative solutions to the city and region’s transportation challenges.

Since that time, the Fish and Wildlife Service committed in court filings that it will not provide the land for the Jefferson Parkway before Sept. 1 or until the court rules on the merits of a related lawsuit filed by the Town of Superior. The Fish and Wildlife Service committed to this after the Town of Superior sought an injunction to freeze the land transfer while the court considered the case.

That’s a positive development for the city because it gives the court time to carefully consider this lawsuit and Golden time to continue to engage the community in important conversations on the city’s economic future and transportation needs. Under this new schedule, the parties will likely make arguments to the court for the court’s consideration during the summer.

We’ll keep you posted as we firm up the plans for those community conversations.

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