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Red Feather Lakes Planning Advisory Committee
February 8, 2007
Members in Attendance: Bud Thomas, Lucille Schmitt, Gene Barker, Dennis Frydendall, Bill Gilbert, Michael Sledge, Roger Svendsen, Eunice Michalka, Gene Allen, Terry Ferebee
Others Present: Jill Bennett – Board Liaison (LarCo Planning Dept.), Mark Peterson – County Engineer, Martina Wilkinson – County Traffic Engineer,
The meeting was called to order by Jill Bennett at 1:36PM. Jill stated that the Board must elect a Chair, Vice-chair and Secretary before the Board could proceed.
A discussion occurred whether to elect the officers for a period of one year or for a shorter period. After a period of discussion, a motion was made and seconded that initially the Board elect officers for a period of three (3) months. The motion was passed 8 yeas, 2 nays.
A motion was made and seconded to nominate Eunice Michalka for Chair. The motion was passed unanimously.
A motion was made and seconded to nominate Lucille Schmidt for Vice-Chair. The motion was passed unanimously.
A motion was made and seconded to nominate Bill Gilbert for Secretary. The motion was passed unanimously.
A discussion occurred about the meeting day and time. A motion was made to hold the meetings on the 2nd Thursday of each month, from 4:00PM to 6:00PM and to schedule Saturday meeting as needed. The motion was passed unanimously.
A discussion occurred about the location at which meetings would be held. A motion was made to hold the meetings in the Fire Barn meeting room. The motion was passed unanimously.
Since there were many members of the public in attendance that wished to discuss the draft of the “Directional Signing in Rural Larimer County” proposal, it was decided to table discussion of drafting bylaws for the Board until the March meeting.
Jill Bennett then gave a presentation that included a short history of sign ordinances in Larimer County as well as brief overview of the draft of the proposed ordinance titled “Directional Signing in Rural Larimer County.”
The signage in the past has been based on how the area in which the sign was to be placed was zoned. Directional signage is only allowed in areas zoned C-Commercial and I-Industrial.
In 1992 the Larimer County Commissioners banned all off-premise signage in Larimer County.
In 2002 a new, comprehensive sign ordinance was put in place due to the fact that the 1992 sign ordinance was more restrictive than similar ordinances in Fort Collin, Loveland, and other incorporated areas in the county.
Then it was recognized that directional signage was needed in the rural areas of Larimer County. This led to the inception of the proposed ordinance.
An informational sheet explaining the origins of the proposed ordinance was handed out to the PAC members and guests.
Mark and Martina gave a short presentation based on the information is the handout.
Martina explained that the ordinance must be applicable throughout Larimer County. There are two components in the proposed ordinance:
The meeting was then opened for comments and questions from the public present.
Some of the comments and questions follow and does not include all statements that were voiced.
It was decided that an additional meeting to discuss the proposed ordinance will be held, with Gene Allen, Janice Weixelman, Tony Kosmicki and Martina Wilkinson.
There was a question about whether there is any money in a budget for the PAC. The Planning Dept. has a small budget to cover the costs of mailings, etc. for the many similar committees in the county.
PAC members were asked to send any items to be placed on the agenda for the March meeting to Eunice or Lucille.
The meeting was adjourned at 3:50PM.
William W. Gilbert , Secretary