Citizens group returns signed petition regarding Haworth
A citizens group behind a referendum petition seeking to repeal the contentious Haworth annexation has acquired the needed signatures to move forward.
The group supporting the petition, Citizens for a Better Berthoud, turned in the petition last week to Town Clerk Mary Cowdin. According to a statement released by the group late last week, the group acquired nearly 400 signatures, more than double the amount needed, to get the referendum on a future ballot where voters could decide if the Haworth annexation would remain, or be repealed.
“What grand results and a huge level of support,” reads a statement from the group.
Cowdin has 30 days to validate the signatures and then the Town Board will have 20 days to address the issue, Cowdin said. Trustees will have to decide to either; accept the petition and reverse the decision to annex the property, or they can choose to have an election allowing voters to decide the property’s fate. If the Town Board doesn’t repeal the annexation based on the petitions, it will need to set an election between 60-150 days of approval of the signatures. According to the group’s website, Citizens for a Better Berthoud is a pro-growth group composed of concerned residents and business owners.
The Haworth annexation was approved by the Berthoud Board of Trustees at its Oct. 22 meeting by a 5-2 vote. The Haworth property is located northwest of the Larimer County Road 19 and Highway 56 intersection, to the west of Berthoud. The group opposes a density higher than a Larmier County annexation plan that called for 35 lots on a section of the property. The town’s plan could allow up to 55 lots on the approximately 80-acre parcel.
The group has also collected enough signatures to support an initiative petition seeking to require future annexations outside of Berthoud’s Growth Management Area as it existed on Dec. 31, 2012, to be put to a vote of the people.
The deadline for the referendum petition to be returned with signatures was Dec. 2, while the deadline for the initiative petition is not due until next May. However, CBB has decided to wait to submit the initiative petition until after the Town Board considers the referendum petition.
“We have plenty of time,” Byers said regarding the initiative petition. But it may not be submitted at all depending on how the trustees decide to go regarding the repeal, according to Byers.
In the statement released, Byers said, “CBB looks forward to a future of smart growth focused on Berthoud’s town center and in accordance with our comprehensive plan.”
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