Statement regarding Thornton’s lawsuit against Larimer County
The city of Thornton has taken action to represent the interests and property rights of their constituents by filing a lawsuit in Larimer County. This court action asserts that the Larimer County Board of County Commissioners acted with disregard to their own rules and regulations, the facts presented in the record, and state law when they denied Thornton’s application for a permit to construct a water pipeline through Larimer County. Thornton’s City Council authorized this remedy only after exhaustive efforts to find workable and mutually beneficial solutions in consultations with the Larimer County Planning Staff and the public in Larimer County. These efforts included 7 public hearing sessions stretched over 8 months, as well as an additional public engagement process that lasted three months with 2 open houses, 3 webinars and 5 working group meetings.
The state of Colorado has specific and well-delineated laws that provide for the right of government entities to construct utility infrastructure for projects such as water pipelines. It is Thornton’s position that the court will find the Larimer County Board of County Commissioners disregarded the facts, recommendations from their staff and subject matter experts, and acted in an arbitrary and capricious manner and outside of their authority when they denied Thornton’s application. Thornton is asking the court to overturn the decision by the Larimer County Board of County Commissioners and either itself approve or require that the Larimer County Board of County Commissioners approve either the Douglas Road Route or the County Road 56 Route for the siting and development of Thornton’s water pipeline.