LARIMER COUNTY ENVIRONMENTAL ADVISORY BOARD (EAB)

 MEETING MINUTES

April 13, 2010

 

 

Members In Attendance:

 

Guests:

Melissa Chalona

 

Russ Legg, Chief Planner

Jennifer Lee

 

 

Ryan McShane

 

Commissioner:

Kate Muldoon

 

Lew Gaiter

Jarrett Tishmack

 

 

Bill Zawacki

 

Staff :

 

 

Doug Ryan

 

Amendments or Additions to the Agenda:

The scheduled updates regarding the Alps Tire Pile cleanup and uranium mining were removed from the agenda.

 

Introduction of Members and Guests:

Those in attendance introduced themselves.

 

Discussion Items:

Equestrian Facility Regulations:  Russ Legg and Doug Ryan led a discussion about the proposed Land Use Code changes related to equestrian businesses.  Mr. Legg began by reviewing the current proposal as it relates to Accessory Horse Keeping, which would be considered a use-by-right.  Standards for these lower intensity uses would be very simple, and relate to the number of boarded horses and size of the property.  Some riding lesions would be allowed under the accessory definition.  A resources stewardship plan would be recommended, but not required.  Larger facilities, termed Equestrian Operations, would be allowed by three levels of review.  Those levels are: public site plan review, minor special review, and special review.  A formula that considers the number of horses kept for boarding, the number of equestrian trainee visits per week, and the size of the property would be used to determine which of the three review process would be uses.  The public site plan review would be a new process.  It would start out as an administrative review that includes notification of adjacent property owners.  If no problems with neighbors are identified, the approval process would be completed as a staff-level review.  Unresolved concerns identified by neighbors would result in a public hearing before the Board of County Commissioners in order to ensure that all parties have the opportunity for input.  Development of a resource stewardship plan would be required for Equestrian Operations.

 

Doug Ryan discussed the proposal to develop a guide for operators to use in the preparation of resource stewardship plans.  The idea is to develop user-friendly guidance materials that would allow an operator to: identify the management needs related to issues such as water quality, manure management, flies and odors; review available best management practices for addressing management needs; evaluate which best management practices are most appropriate for a specific operation; and to organize and present a resource stewardship plan that addresses the important management issues. 

 

The discussion that followed concluded that the EAB agreed with the general approach and noted that their previous recommendations to staff had been considered and addressed.  Members noted the importance of developing a clear and useable guide for operators to use in preparing resource stewardship plans.  The Advisory Board indicated that they would like to help review the early drafts of the guide if that would be helpful to the County.  By consensus, the members asked the Chair to send a memo to the Planning Department with their comments.

 

County Commissioners & EAB Coordination:   Commissioner Gaiter, the BCC liaison to the EAB, held a discussion with the members about coordination of issues.   The role of the Environmental Advisory Board is to advise the Board of County Commissioners and appropriate county departments on environmental issues that affect Larimer County.  Issues for consideration can come from the Commissioners, the departments, EAB members, and members of the public.  Specific development or land use proposals are not routinely referred to the EAB unless they involve environmental policy issues or unique environmental concerns.  Doug Ryan provided a handout that listed review issues that have been considered by the EAB over the past several years. 

 

Commissioner Gaiter commented about the diverse technical background of the EAB members, and indicated that he considers advice based on objective scientific criteria to be very useful for decision making.  He encouraged the Advisory Board to provide a thorough analysis of the technical issues involved in the topics they review. 

 

Updates:  

Melissa Chalona reported her recent activities as a member of the Regional Air Quality Council (RAQC).  The Commission has a number of new members, and is gearing up to work on the next Ozone Action Plan and related State Implementation Plan aimed at achieving attainment with the ozone air quality standards.  The current emphasis is on education for the members about the technical aspects ozone formation, emission inventory and modeling. 

 

Doug Ryan reported that he attended the Air Quality Control Commission public hearing in March, and that the Commission adopted regulations aimed at brining the automobile emission inspection program to the North Front Range.  The program is scheduled to begin in the urbanized portions of Larimer and Weld Counties in November.  The Estes Park area was not included in the initial startup in order to allow the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment an opportunity to evaluate whether the program should be expanded to that area in the future. 

 

EAB Issue Index:

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

 

Adjourn:

The meeting ended at 8:30 PM