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One of the Climate Action Task Force’s transportation recommendations would be to incorporate more electric-vehicle-only charging parking spaces in public parking lot locations in high density areas, such as in downtown Longmont. (Times-Call file)
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Longmont’s Climate Action Task Force will present recommendations to City Council on Tuesday night for steps that task force members suggest will help the city and the community address the climate crisis.

One of those recommendations would have the city create an eight-person Electrification Feasibility Committee to oversee an 18-month effort to research and develop a phased plan for moving Longmont homes and businesses off of natural gas and other carbon-fuels and onto renewable-energy sources of electricity.

Another recommendation would establish a fund to assist low-to-middle income building owners, both residential and commercial, in the transition to meet proposed mandated electrification and renewable energy goals by spring 2021.

One of the task force’s transportation recommendations would be to increase effectiveness of the public transit system with more flexible bus services. Another would be to incorporate more electric-vehicle-only charging parking spaces in public parking lot locations in high density areas, such as in downtown Longmont.

Yet another of the climate action panel’s transportation recommendations would be to “create a plan for safe and complete Longmont bikeways that interconnect all major nodes, neighborhoods, and community service centers without crossing major roads/highways,” constructing most of that system within the next 10 years, with full completion in 20 years.

The task force’s creation followed Council members’ unanimous Oct. 8 adoption of a resolution declaring a climate emergency.

Among its other provisions, that measure committed the city to convene a climate working group that, according to the resolution’s language, will “discuss further steps the city should take to promote a carbon-free, sustainable city. …”

The task force, whose membership Council approved in December, met eight times to discuss an research actions Longmont could take to reduce or mitigate greenhouse gas emissions, together with ways to adapt to the impacts of climate change, according to city staff.

Tuesday night’s Task Force and staff presentation to Council is to be the first of two rounds of presentations of the panel’s recommendations. Tuesday’s focus is to be on such areas as building energy use, renewable energy, and transportation.

A second set of the panel’s recommendations is to be presented at Council’s July 7 meeting. Those are expected to include such Task Force focus areas as adaptation and resilience, education and outreach, and land use and waste management.

Staff said in a memo for Tuesday’s meeting that it also will be taking the task force’s recommendations to Longmont’s Sustainability Advisory Board, its Transportation Advisory Board, and its Water Board in July for review and comment.

Staff said a Just Transition Plan Committee has been working alongside the Climate Action Task Force “to ensure recommendations are inclusive and accessible to all members of the community with a specific focus of including the perspectives of communities who are not often heard and most often impacted by the effects of climate change.”

The Climate Action Task Force’s and Just Transition Plan Committee’s recommendations are included in a 156-page report to Longmont City Council that’s available for view as an attachment to the agenda for Tuesday’s 7 p.m. meeting, which can be found online at tinyurl.com/y7ffgf2q.

 

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