South Platte River, Adams County Trail

New Section of South Platte River Trail Opens

Adams County Parks and Open Space has opened the new segment of the South Platte River Trail. The trail became active on Wednesday, August 24, completing the trail within unincorporated Adams County. This $1.8 million project, funded by the Adams County Open Space Sales Tax and a Great Outdoors Colorado “Paths to Parks” grant award, will add approximately two miles of concrete trails along the river as well as two bridges to accommodate pedestrians between 104th Avenue and 120th Avenue.

County Hires Oil and Gas Liaison

The Adams County Department of Community and Economic Development (CED) hired Chris Simmons to serve in the role of oil and gas liaison. In an effort to increase public outreach and provide administration of the county’s new oil and gas regulations, the Board of County Commissioners approved the addition of a full-time oil and gas liaison following a six-week moratorium on oil and gas development, which ended March 22, 2016. 

Construction Begins on North I-25 Express Lanes from 120th Avenue to Northwest Parkway/E-470

The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) broke ground this week on the latest expansion of the I-25 Express Lanes project. The $97.5 million project is an extension of the Express Lanes project completed on I-25 between US 36 and 120th Avenue, which will add one tolled express lane in each direction from 120th Avenue to Northwest Parkway/E-470. Details regarding construction and toll information can be found here.

Board of Commissioners to begin evening hearings August 2, 2016

Commissioners Add Evening Schedule for Public Hearings

With the goal of increasing citizen engagement and participation, the Adams County Board of Commissioners is adding one evening hearing per month for the duration of 2016. The first evening hearing will begin at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, August 2, at the Government Center, 4430 South Adams County Parkway, Brighton.

County Wage Growth Leads Colorado

Adams County employees are enjoying the largest wage growth numbers in Colorado. In a report published Tuesday by the Federal Bureau of Labor Statistics, employees in Adams County recorded the most impressive gains among Colorado’s largest counties at 5.1 percent. The increase in wages comes as the unemployment rate in the county dropped to 3.9 percent, down from 4.4 percent in 2015 and 6.2 percent in 2014.


Commissioners Approve Amended Oil and Gas Regulatory Process

Ending a six-week moratorium on new oil and gas permit applications, the Board of County Commissioners today approved amendments to the county’s regulatory process by a 3-2 vote.


A vote on a separate amendment to revise the county's fee schedule to add new application fees for administrative use by special review application also passed on a 3-2 vote with the Board's direction to create a task force to provide recommendations on traffic impact fees as they relate to oil and gas production.