|Land Use and
The Former Lowry Bombing and Gunnery Range (FLBGR) is a large area of land (approximately 92 square miles) that is owned and managed by various stakeholders with vested interests in the ongoing ordnance and explosives (OE) response activities. The property has significant potential for commercial and residential development as well as community parks, recreation areas, and public facilities. A Restoration Advisory Board (RAB) was established at the FLBGR to ensure that all the stakeholders could actively participate in the decisions regarding munitions response activities at the site.
The FLBGR RAB was established in July 1996 and is comprised of members of the local community, private citizens, representatives of local government institutions, local land developers, commercial interests, the Colorado Department of Health and Environment (CDPHE) project manager, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Omaha District project manager. A community representative and the USACE Omaha District project manager jointly chaired the RAB until 2007. Since 2007, the community co-chair position has been vacant.
RAB Meeting in Progress
The FLBGR RAB serves as a forum for discussion and exchange of information between the USACE Omaha District, CDPHE and stakeholders. The RAB provides the stakeholders the opportunity to participate in the review of technical documents, keep abreast of the status and progress of the munitions response activities and be a part of the decision making process. The RAB also assures that the response activities at the site are consistent with the current and future land uses. A testament to this goal is the project prioritization process that was implemented at the FLBGR in which the RAB provides direct input and guidance to the USACE and CDPHE project managers regarding the priorities for the munitions response activities at the site.
Re-Visiting Project Prioritization
At the Board's discretion, the FLBGR RAB can also utilize a Technical Assistance for Public Participation (TAPP) contractor, if needed. The TAPP contractor can provide the RAB a third party, non-biased, technical evaluation of the munitions response activities at the site.
The RAB generally meets Bi-Annually typically in April and October. RAB meetings consist of a status briefing of ongoing field efforts and special topics, as required. To obtain more information regarding the RAB’s roles and responsibilities concerning the FLBGR, please contact the CDPHE Community Involvement office at 303.692.3373 or the USACE Public Affairs Office at 402.995.2417.