David Foster, Michelle Berger, and Raul Abad successfully represented Coulson Excavating in a Use by Special Review (“USR”) Application in Larimer County. The USR Application allows the Coulsons to mine approximately 133 acres of their privately owned land along the Big Thompson River for sand and gravel. The FGMC team presented at both the Planning Commission and Board of County Commissioner public hearings. The USR Application was met with opposition from nearby residents, making the public hearings particularly important, eventful, and controversial. FGMC and the Coulsons worked hard to mitigate the neighbors’ concerns while also affirming to the Planning Commission and the Board of County Commissioners that the Coulson’s USR Application met the specifications required for approval. The Board of County Commissioners approved the Coulson’s USR Application at its public hearing on February 26, 2018.
The state-wide need for, and scarcity of, aggregate materials such as sand and gravel was of particular interest during the public hearings. Several state-wide aggregate and asphalt organizations presented public testimony at the hearings, emphasizing the need for local aggregate in Northern Colorado. FGMC is proud not only because we successfully represented the Coulsons in their USR Application, but because the Coulsons’ USR Application for sand and gravel mining will result in the ability to continue to provide local and economically viable aggregate resources for road and building projects across Colorado.
Coulson Excavating was formed in Northern Colorado in 1949 by C.H. Coulson and is currently owned and operated by three generations of the Coulson family. Coulson has operated as the prime contractor on as much as 70 percent of all asphalt and paving projects in the Northern Colorado Region, working directly with the Colorado Department of Transportation, local municipalities, and residential developers. Coulson owns and operates other aggregate mines and asphalt/crushing plants in Northern Colorado, which minimizes hauling distances and optimizes competitiveness for projects across the region. The Coulsons also have strong ties to the Northern Colorado community and are always willing to lend a helping hand in times of need. Most recently, the Coulsons worked tirelessly six days a week, often 16-hour days to reopen roads in Northern Colorado that were forced closed as a result of the 2013 major flooding.