2020 Colorado Revised Statutes
Title 24 - Government - State
Article 33. Department of Natural Resources
Section 24-33-107. Acquisition of state lands by department - interests in land.

(1) Certain state lands under control and supervision of the state board of land commissioners have unique economic or environmental value for the public, but they are legally subject to being sold into private ownership. It is the purpose of this section to authorize interests in such lands other than agricultural or grazing rights therein to be transferred to and held by the department of natural resources in exchange for fair and adequate consideration being transferred to the appropriate trust fund.

(2) (a) Whenever the executive director of the department of natural resources is informed that a specific piece of land held by the state board of land commissioners has a characteristic that is alleged to have a unique economic or environmental value for the public, including land under the control of the division of parks and wildlife that has the potential to support renewable energy generation development as contemplated in section 24-33-114, as that section existed prior to its repeal in 2011, and that such characteristic allegedly would be damaged or destroyed if the land passed to private ownership, the executive director may, with the written consent of either the president of the state board of land commissioners or the commissioner of agriculture, give written notification to the board that said land, other than agricultural or grazing rights, is subject to acquisition by the department of natural resources. The notification by the executive director must identify the lands by their appropriate legal description and specify the characteristic of the land that is alleged to have unique economic or environmental value for the public. Not later than during the next regular session of the general assembly, the executive director shall request the necessary authorization and appropriation to enable the department to acquire said land or an interest therein in accordance with this section.

  1. Within sixty days after receipt of such notification, the state board of land commissioners shall meet in public session after fifteen days' public notice and hear and receive testimony and evidence concerning the proposed acquisition. Within thirty days after the completion of the hearing, said board shall submit its written findings and recommendations concerning such acquisition to the joint budget committee and to the executive directors of the departments of agriculture and natural resources. Such recommendations may include recommendations for compensation to insure the continued use of grazing and agricultural rights as they existed at the time of the acquisition.

  2. Within thirty days following completion of such written findings and recommendations, the president of the state board of land commissioners, the executive director of the department of natural resources, and the commissioner of agriculture shall meet and review said findings and recommendations and may then modify or withdraw the notification given to said board of land commissioners pursuant to paragraph (a) of this subsection (2). To the extent of such withdrawal, all procedures initiated by such notification shall be deemed terminated.

(3) All acquisitions from the state board of land commissioners pursuant to this section shall be:

(a) By the exercise of eminent domain in the name of the state of Colorado through condemnation proceedings pursuant to article 1 of title 38, C.R.S.; or (b) At any public sale.

(4) (a) In acquisitions under this section the department may not acquire any agricultural or grazing rights but otherwise may acquire the full fee interest or any and all rights and interests in land less than the full fee interest, including but not limited to future interests, easements, covenants, and contractual rights. Every such interest in land held by the department when properly recorded shall be deemed to run with the land to which it pertains for the benefit of the citizens of this state and may be protected and enforced by the department in the district court of the county in which the land, or any portion thereof, is located.

(b) No acquisition of any interest in any tract of land, as authorized by this section, shall preclude the state board of land commissioners from leasing said tract of any portion thereof for grazing or agricultural purposes.

Source: L. 73: p. 177, § 1. C.R.S. 1963: § 3-15-7. L. 2010: (2)(a) amended, (HB 101349), ch. 387, p. 1816, § 2, effective June 8. L. 2020: (2)(a) amended, (SB 20-136), ch. 70, p. 294, § 40, effective September 14.

Cross references: For the legislative declaration in SB 20-136, see section 1 of chapter 70, Session Laws of Colorado 2020.

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