Gardner Introduces Amendment to Pave the Way for New Development of Commerce City

Washington, DC – Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) today introduced the Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge Amendment to S.2943, the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2017 (NDAA), which provides funding for the Department of Defense (DoD). The Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge Amendment would remove deed restrictions, which currently prohibit the development of things like transportation infrastructure, retail and housing properties, on land that Commerce City, CO purchased in the 2000s. 


The land was formerly a U.S. Army chemical weapons manufacturing facility, but has since been cleaned up and a Wildlife Refuge was established. The Gardner amendment would change current law to allow restrictions on the deed to be removed or modified if a risk assessment conducted under federal environmental law proves that the property is safe for development. Similar language authored by Rep. Ed Perlmutter (CO-07) was included in the House-passed National Defense Authorization Act. 


“Commerce City should have the authority to fully develop the land it purchased nearly a decade ago to boost its local economy and retain and attract residents to the community,” said Gardner. “My amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act alters current law to allow Commerce City to do just that, so long as a risk assessment under federal environmental law confirms the property is safe for development.”




Cory Gardner is a member of the U.S. Senate serving Colorado. He sits on the Energy & Natural Resources Committee, the Foreign Relations Committee, the Commerce, Science, & Transportation Committee, and the Small Business & Entrepreneurship Committee, and is the Chairman of the Subcommittee on East Asia, the Pacific, and International Cybersecurity Policy.


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