HB19-1264 Working Group

On June 3rd Governor Polis signed HB19-1264 into law extending the conservation easement oversight commission and division of conservation program to certify easement holders through June, 2026. Additionally, the bill creates a working group to make policy recommendations to the General Assembly for 1) an alternative method to the current appraisal process for establishing the amount of a conservation easement tax credit; 2) a process to provide retroactive tax credits, payments or refunds to taxpayers whose tax credits were denied in whole or in part from 2000 to 2013 (aggrieved landowners), including development of eligibility criteria; and 3) administration of orphaned easements.

REPORT

The HB19-1264 Working Group Final Report was submitted to the legislature on November 26, 2019.

MEMBERS

CO-CHAIRS:

Alan Gentz, Landowner - gentzaj@hotmail.com

Erik Glenn, Executive Director, Colorado Cattlemen’s Agricultural Land Trust - eglenn@ccalt.org

ADDITIONAL MEMBERS

Don Brown, Farmer and rancher, former Commissioner of Agriculture - dpbrown@anchorfarms.net

Melissa Daruna, Executive Director, Keep It Colorado - Melissa@keepitco.org

Jay Fetcher - Rancher - jfetcher@zirkel.us

Belinda Groner - Landowner - gronerbelinda@gmail.com

Jillane Hixson - Farmer and rancher - jrh@centurytel.net

Jessica Jay - Conservation easement attorney - conservationlaw@msn.com

 

MEETING SCHEDULES

WORKING GROUP

June 25 - 9 a.m. - Capitol Building - Denver, CO

July 23 - 10 a.m. - Gentz Farm - 18399 CR 30, Sterling, CO - Agenda -  RSVP to eglenn@ccalt.org by 5:00 pm Friday, July 19 - no call in option

September 16 - 10 a.m. Tour of conservation work in the Upper Elk River Valley starting at the Clark Store (54175 Routt County Road 129, Clark, CO). The meeting will start at 1:00 pm at the Yampa Valley Bank (600 South Lincoln, Steamboat Springs, CO). - Agenda

October 24 - 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Lamar Cultural Events Center - 102 E. Parmenter, Lamar, CO - Agenda

November 12 - 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. - Colorado Department of Agriculture, Rio Grande Conference Room - 305 Interlocken Parkway, Broomfield, CO - or via teleconference 877.580.9640 (no access code) - Agenda

November 18 - 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. - Colorado Cattlemen's Association Conference Room - 8833 Ralston Road, Arvada, CO - or via teleconference 877.580.9640 (no access code) - Agenda

 

AGGRIEVED LANDOWNER ISSUE TEAM

Team Leader - Alan Gentz - gentzaj@hotmail.com

July 15th - 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. - Meeting Minutes

August 12th - 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. - 877-580-9640 (no access code required)

 

ALTERNATIVE VALUATION ISSUE TEAM

Team Leader - Melissa Daruna - Melissa@keepitco.org

July 9th - 1 p.m. - 3 p.m. - Mt. Galbraith Room -1301 Arapahoe St., Golden CO - Zoom Meeting: https://zoom.us/j/333391790 - 720-707-2699 Meeting ID: 333-391-790

August 14th - 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. - 720-707-2699 Meeting ID: 642 938 624

Regular meetings for this team will be the 2nd Wednesday of each month unless more frequent meetings are necessary.

Click here for the shared google drive with information and research on the alternative valuation discussion to date. 
 

ORPHANED EASEMENT ISSUE TEAM

Team Leader - Belinda Groner - gronerbelinda@gmail.com

July 16th - 1 p.m. - 3 p.m. - Call in Meeting

August 13th - 3 p.m. - 5 p.m.

 

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