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Are suing to stop the city of fort collins from processing and application for the northern integrated supply project infrastructure in city limits. Now apparently these two groups save the putter and no pipe. Dream filed a lawsuit wednesday against the city and the northern integrated supply project. Water activity enterprise over northern waters spar. Now that's an acronym for the site plan advisory review application for what is a very controversial putin river reservoir project the complaint argues that spar is the wrong way for the city to review this infrastructure it seeks to terminate the spar application application. It also seeks to cancel the fort collins planning and zoning board review of the application that review is set for june thirtieth saved the putin director. Gary walkner characterized the lawsuit. As a way of standing up to defend fort collins citizens natural areas which he sad would degrade and destroy by removing water from the putter river. Mr walker nothing. If not consistent now at the heart of the dispute is whether nist sp which seeks to divert flows from the puzder and south platte rivers for two new reservoirs is an appropriate fit for the spar process spar again. This site plan advisory review process. It's a type of developmental review intended for quote improvements to parcels owned or operated by public entities. Close quote this. According to the city's land use code now spar compared to more commonly used development review processes puts the city's opinions e board in an advisory position rather than giving fort collins city council the final say on the proposal now governing board of a far applicant can override. Px's vote and proceed with the development over the city's wish is the pnc board must review aspire application within sixty days of the city accepting it the city actually deemed northern water spar 'application complete on may twenty first. The city went on to direct northern water to submit a spar application for components of this within city limits. This would be the putter intake diversion structure. That's a river version that would be located in homestead natural area this north west of mulberry street and lemay avenue and a three point mile length of pipeline running from the river diversion to the southeast actually passing through fort collins and unincorporated larimer county land as well as three city natural areas to include williams kingfisher point and river bend ponds now walkner for his part called the use of the spar process for nest. A quote crazy interpretation close quotes of fort collins land use code northern water doesn't own or operate the property where the nist sp infrastructure would be built though city staff wrote in recent documents that yes spar still applies because northern water intends to own or operate the property. The complaints also argues that northern water doesn't meet the state's legal guidelines for an entity that can overrule a municipal bodies decision on a development. The state gives that authority only to the city council of a city. The board trustees of town or any other body by whatever name known given authority to adopt ordinances for a specific municipality now wachner said the save the putter and no pipe dream groups. Hope the city will opt to settle out of court. A satisfactory settlement and his view would involve cancelling the june thirtieth hearing revoking this spar application and proceeding with development review process with city. Council would have authority over the project components in city limits. He went on to say. We don't see any way possible that we can lose this lawsuit. We think their case re referring to nist is extremely weak. So hopefully they'll decide to settle. Meanwhile city attorney care dagga said that the city is still reviewing the complaint and declined to further comment northern water spokesperson jeff stella and we're going to get jeff on talk a little bit more about this next week. Jeff stella affirmed that the water district a will continue to pursue spar review for nest as city sat staff. Indeed directed said we saw the complaint. We're looking through. Its we certainly believe that. Spar is the applicable process for this project. Now some back story on this which we've been talking about it seems like for decades nesper would take water from the puzder and south platte rivers to store in two new reservoirs those would be glade and gehlsen the former would be bigger than horse tooth reservoir at more than one hundred and seventy thousand acre feet it would require realignment of highway two eighty seven near ted's place just north west of fort collins. The project would significantly reduce peak flows and the river while ultimately supplying a projected forty thousand acre feet of water annually certainly water at a premium as populations continue to grow Not only in northern colorado but indeed around the state forty thousand acre feet of water annually to fifteen growing communities and water districts in northern colorado including for collins. Loveland water district and windsor. But for collins's review of this is not by any means by any stretch of the imagination. The last step for the project. The project is awaiting rather crucial record of decision from the army corps of engineers that unsuspected to come sometime. This year and affirming record of decision would likely trigger yet. Another legal appeal now to additional lawsuits filed by save the putter no pipe dream and save rural noko related to lehrman counties approval of nece infrastructure are also working their way through the courts. 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