BLM seeks comment on land for police academy
The Bureau of Land Management is accepting comment about a decision to transfer 80 acres to Colorado Mesa University for construction and operation of a Peace Officer Standards and Training Academy and the Mesa County Regional Public Safety Training Facility.
The site is approximately one mile east of the intersection of U.S. Highway 50 and Colorado Highway 141.
The transfer would be under the Recreation and Public Purposes Act, which authorizes the sale or lease of public land for recreational or public purposes to state and local governments or qualified nonprofit organizations. It could take place as early as this fall.
“After a thorough review of this proposal that has included public review and comment, we have determined that this transfer is in the public’s interest,” BLM Grand Junction Field Manager Catherine Robertson said in a news release. “The land has not been identified for other public purposes, and the training academy will help meet a critical need in the community.”
The university held an open house on the proposal in the spring, and the BLM accepted comments on the environmental assessment analyzing the proposal.
This summer, the BLM signed the decision classifying the land as suitable for conveyance under the Recreation and Public Purposes Act. Through the act, the public has 45 days to comment on the decision.
Comments are restricted to whether the land is physically suitable for such use, whether the use will maximize the future use or uses of the land, whether the use is consistent with local planning and zoning or whether the use is consistent with state and federal programs.
Comments should be sent by Oct. 11 to Robin Lacy, 2815 H Road, Grand Junction 81506.
People are reminded that their entire comments — including personal identifying information such as an address or phone number — may be made publicly available at any time. People can ask the BLM to withhold that information from public review, but it cannot be guaranteed.
A map and additional information about the proposal is online at blm.gov/co/st/en/fo/gjfo.html.
For information. call 244-3000.