CCAT supports policies to promote environmental resiliency through multi-modal transportation, appropriate land use practices and development, energy efficiency and renewable energy, and conservation of resources through agricultural and forestry practices which ensure healthy land, water and air. CCAT supports reasonable regulation of extractive industries to protect air and water quality, reduce carbon and methane emissions, and reduce public health and safety impacts to residents.
POLICY PRIORITY: Transportation
CCAT urges establishing a new dedicated funding stream for statewide multimodal transportation investments, which does not divert revenues from current state spending priorities.
- Dedicate a significant portion of this new funding to multimodal purposes:
• A minimum of 30%, based on MPACT64 agreement;
• Focus on transit, bicycle, pedestrian, senior, and transportation demand-management investments;
• Funding for both transit capital and ongoing operations; and,
• Allocated by local governments in collaboration with transit providers.
- Direct a significant portion of this new funding to local governments for transportation improvements, reconstruction, maintenance, and operations. This is necessary to support local transportation needs and priorities.
- Strongly consider managed lanes and multi-modal options during the planning and development of significant capacity improvements on state highway facilities:
• This approach follows the US 36 model and supports regional equity;
• Managed lanes will ensure that new capacity will be congestion-free for the long-term and encourage transit and high occupancy/car share alternatives;
• Colorado Department of Transportation should be working toward a unified transportation system that embraces new technologies and supportive infrastructure necessary address the ever increasing volume.
- Prohibit bonding authority unless accompanied by new revenue:
• Repayment of bonds for new infrastructure should not be at the expense of maintaining existing infrastructure.
POLICY PRIORITY: Forest Health
CCAT urges encouraging healthy forests of the future, allowing natural disturbance cycles in backcountry forests and focusing active management in wildland urban interface areas and around critical community infrastructure.
- Address residential development in the Wildland Urban Interface (WUI):
• Increase support for county implementation of the Department of Local Affairs’ “Planning for Hazard’s Guide”;
• Develop local tools to restrict new residential development in the WUI and/or place financial responsibility of State/Federal firefighting efforts in such development to the developer or the homeowner.
- Focus State wildfire mitigation funding on protecting critical community infrastructure especially drinking water resources;
• Incent and fund forest management activities that protect valuable headwaters and watersheds;
• Require all treatments for forest health and restoration and timber harvest to include wildfire mitigation for watersheds with current best management practices to protect watersheds.
- Encourage healthy forests that are allowed to naturally adapt to climate change.
• Support prescribed fire as an effective tool for restoration.
• Make air-quality and other permitting processes more flexible so prescribed fire can be used in a timely manner.
- Support a more balanced representation on the State Forest Health Advisory Council to include non-timber industry stakeholders, wildlife biologists, and up-to-date ecological science experience.
- Coordinate on legislative solutions with the Wildfire Matters Interim Legislative Committee.