LARIMER COUNTY ENVIRONMENTAL ADVISORY BOARD (EAB)

 MEETING MINUTES

October 13, 2009

 

 

Members In Attendance:

 

Guests:

Ruben Blanco

 

Linda Hoffmann, Rural Land Use Center

Melissa Chalona

 

 

Michael Jones

 

Staff :

Kimberly Karish

 

Doug Ryan

Jennifer Lee

 

 

Ryan McShane

 

 

Kate Muldoon

 

 

Bill Zawacki

 

 

 

Introduction of Members and Guests:

Those in attendance introduced themselves.

 

Discussion Items:

Horse Facility Regulations:  Linda Hoffmann provided an overview of the County’s Horse Facilities Study.  The study is an examination of the way Larimer County regulates horse facility business such as boarding stables and riding academies.  A working group – consisting of citizens with experience related to horse businesses and their potential impacts – has worked with staff over the last year to collect information about the issues of horse businesses and how they fit in with the County’s land use regulations, considered alternatives to provide a more effective system, and developed a preferred alternative.  The EAB learned that the working group’s preferred alternative involves creating a new use description called Equestrian Operations, development of a formula for measuring the intensity of individual operations, and implementation of a four-tiered system that separates equestrian operations into use-by-right, use by administrative review, use by minor special review, and use by full special review.  Ms. Hoffmann outlined a series of draft land use code changes for implementing the recommendations.  The EAB members discussed the proposal, asked a number of questions to clarify their understanding and made comments concerning management issues as they relate to impacts such as water quality, manure management and noxious weed control.  Following the discussion Kate Muldoon moved and Bill Zawacki seconded a motion asking staff to prepare an initial draft memo outlining their comments and recommendations for review by the full Advisory Board via email and authorizing final signature by the chair.  All members voted in favor of the motion. 

 

Environmental Stewardship Awards:  The EAB Stewardship Awards Committee met on September 22 to consider initial recommendations for this year’s stewardship award nominations.  Sixteen nominations were received this year, and the Committee felt that while all had merit, six were of particular interest.  Committee members Kate Muldoon, Michael Jones and Ryan McShane described the six in some detail and led a discussion with the full EAB about all the nominations.  At the conclusion of the discussion, the consensus of the Advisory Board was to recommend four nominations for awards to the County Commissioners.  Doug Ryan will meet with the Commissioners to outline the EAB recommendations. 

 

Strategy Maps for Budget Outcomes:   This agenda item was not discussed due to time constraints and was tabled to the November 10 meeting.

 

 

 

Chair’s Comments:

Melissa Chalona thanked those members that completed member profiles and indicated that she found the document helpful as an internal guide to EAB members.  Others agreed, and this document will be distributed for any additional updates that individual members may want to provide.  The final guide will be provided as a resource to current and future members.  The guide will also be shared with the EAB Commissioner liaison Kathay Rennels to see if she would like to share it with the other Commissioners. 

 

Approval of September Minutes:

Minutes from the September 8, 2009 meeting were approved as corrected.

 

EAB Issue Index:

Doug Ryan will update the Issue Index related to the topics discussed at the meeting.

 

December Meeting Agenda:

Strategy Mapping, 1041 Solar Regulations, Wellington Intergovernmental Agreement (IGA)

 

Adjourn:

The meeting ended at 9:10 PM