What's Developing in Frederick

There are all kinds of development happening today in Frederick and this monthly article will profile at least one new project so you can stay up to date on how your community is growing!

Let's Talk Commissions

Learn more about the Planning and Parks, Open Space and Trails Commissions

What do commissioners serving on the Parks, Open Space, and Trails or Planning Commission do?  What are the responsibilities of the Commissions?  Why should I serve?  How can I participate, even if I’m not a commissioner?  These are questions that may have crossed your mind at one point or another when you hear about the town’s commissions.

First let’s talk about the Parks, Open Space, and Trails (POST) Commission.

The POST Commission was established by the Board of Trustees in 2003 and consists of seven Town residents who review matters related to parks, open space, and trails and make recommendations to the Board of Trustees.  This Commission is responsible for the Parks, Open Space and Trails Master Plan, which assists them in making recommendations to the Board of Trustees.  They also make budget recommendations to the Board each year. It’s important to note here that none of the commissions are able to approve any element on their own. Only the Board of Trustees is able to authorize the expenditure of funds or approve a specific plan. The Commission visits each of the Town’s parks and provides a rating for each park, indicating to the Board the level of service and visitor experience.  The POST Commission is also the designated Tree Board.
There is currently one vacant position on the POST Commission.  Potential Commissioners are asked to attend at least two Commission meetings and read the POST Master Plan prior to submitting an application.  

Now let’s dig into the Planning Commission. 

Colorado Revised State Statutes require the Town to have a Planning Commission.  This Commission is made up of five citizens who are voting members and two citizen alternates who only vote if one of the regular voting members is absent. The Commission is key to implementing the comprehensive plan and is responsible for its adoption.  The Commission is also presented major and minor development applications.  In these matters, the Commission acts as an advisory counsel to the Board of Trustees, making recommendations to the Board of Trustees.  The Board of Trustees retains final authority in the adoption of plans, legislation, zoning, subdivision, and other related matters.

Both commissions’ meetings are open to the public as established in Colorado law.  The public is able to attend the meetings, and may be able to speak on certain topics.  The Planning Commission holds public hearings on specific development applications as identified in the Land Use Code.  While the POST Commission doesn’t have public hearings, non-commissioners in attendance are often invited to provide their thoughts to the Commission.  The Town’s website is updated the Friday prior to a meeting to include the Commission’s upcoming agenda.  If you’re interested in knowing more about an agenda item, you are welcome to reach out to the staff member presenting the item and request additional information or ask any questions you have.  You can also sign up to receive notification when a new meeting is scheduled and agenda is available online at www.frederickco.gov/emailupdates.

Residents often serve for a variety of reasons, but some of the more common reasons include a desire to make a difference in their community and a special interest in serving their community through a specific passion such as the health and condition of our parks. For more information on either of these commissions, please contact Planning Director Jennifer Simmons at 720.382.5500.