Cirque Meadows by Adam Johnson

Red Feather Lakes Planning Advisory Committee

Meeting Minutes

July 12, 2007 (As Revised August 10, 2007)


The meeting was called to order at 4:09PM by Chairperson Eunice Michalka.


Members in Attendance: Susan Bradley, Ted Carter, Terry Ferebee, Dennis Frydendall, Bill Gilbert, Ross Reid, Lucille Schmidt, Michael Sledge, Roger Svendsen.


Others Present: Jill Bennett – Board Liaison (LarCo Planning Dept.), Russ Legg (LarCo Planning Dept.) and one guest: Pat Bradley..


Adoption of Agenda: The Agenda as distributed was adopted.


Approval of Minutes: The minutes of the June 14, 2007 meeting were approved as submitted.


Communication Items:


1. Committee Member Communications:


A motion was made and seconded to adopt the present officer slate for the remainder of the year. The motion passed 9 yeas, 1 nay. The officers are: Eunice Michalka – Chairperson, Lucille Schmidt – Vice-Chairperson, Bill Gilbert – Secretary.


Michael Sledge voiced his concern about whether a minority view/opinion can or will be communicated to the Board of County Commissioners (BCC) and the Planning Commission. His concern stems from the way the PAC is now operating (where a majority vote expresses the desire of the PAC) vs. the way the initial PAC had operated, in which a result was reached “by consensus.”


Susan Bradley asked Jill Bennett who would be writing the Transfer Development Unit (TDU) Plan for the Red Feather Lakes area. Jill replied that the county would be drafting the plan. Susan then voiced her concern that the PAC was being used as a rubber stamp for the Board of County Commissioners (BCC).


2. County Communication:

            Monroe Excavating Appeal: Jill gave a short update on the appeal. The appeal to continue operations at the site was approved by the BCC with several conditions. Mr. Monroe has made application for a special review. No date has been set for a hearing at this time.


            RFL Business Zone: The BCC adopted the plan, as submitted, at a hearing on July 9th. The county has asked via letters, that any existing business owners interested in becoming part the new plan apply by the end of July. Any applications to become part of the new business plan will be brought back to the PAC at the August 9th meeting. Applications approved/disapproved will then be moved on to the Planning Commission for their vote at their September 19th meeting, then be sent on to the BCC for their vote at the October 15th meeting. Notices will be sent b y the Planning Department to adjacent property owners.


Personal Appearances: None.


Agenda Items:


Transfer Development Units (TDU’s):


Russ Legg gave a presentation on the history of TDU’s in Larimer County. The TDU concept came out of the Land Use Development Plan and the development of the Partnership Land Use Plan (PLUS.) To date two areas, Fossil Creek and the open space between the cities of Loveland and Fort Collins, have become part of the TDU plan.


The Red Feather Lakes and La Porte areas have been designated by the BCC to develop a new TDU concept that eventually may be used throughout the unincorporated areas of the county.


The concept will include work sessions to determine if the two areas are interested in doing this; determine areas of special interest to remain undeveloped; and areas that may be developed to a “higher density” than presently allowed. La Porte has been involved in this process for about 3 months.


Participation in the concept will be voluntary and will involve a community ‘consensus process’ to enable the program.


Susan Bradley expressed her concern about whether property owners will be forced to become part of the concept.


Russ pointed out that there are two ways in which higher residential density may be attained. One is through rezoning i.e. change ‘O-open’ (1 unit per 10 acres) to FA-1 (1 unit per 2.29 acres.)


The second way is through TDU’s where the higher density is ‘transferred’ from an area (sending) in which the higher density is not possible to and area (receiving) in which a higher density is reasonable.


The plan area community members will need to decide what areas are important to them and what the community wants to do with them


Discussion of this topic will continue and the prospect is that it will be an 8 to 10 month process.


Agenda Items for Next Meeting: Any action items as a result of the county request for business owners to join the newly adopted Red Feather Lakes Business Plan.


The meeting was adjourned at 6:20PM.


Respectfully submitted,


William W. Gilbert, Secretary


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