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LARIMER COUNTY RURAL LAND USE ADVISORY BOARD

MEETING MINUTES

Monday, May 03, 2010

5:00 p.m.

Larimer County Courthouse Lake Estes Conference Room (Suite 333)

 

Rural Land Use Advisory Board:

RLUC Staff:

Present:

Brenda Gimeson

Kristin Grazier

Pam Stringer

John Hatfield

 

Mark Korb

 

William Prewitt

 

Bill Spencer

 

 

 

Absent:

 

Suzanne Bassinger

 

Lauren Light

 

Mike Lynch

 

Bill Sears

 

 

AGENDA TOPICS:

 

  1. Approval of the March 15, 2010 RLUAB Minutes

Chair Spencer made a motion to approve the minutes as written.  Secretary Korb seconded the motion.  All were in favor.  Minutes adopted as written. 

 

  1. Little RLUP -Action Item

Brenda gave an overview of the Little RLUP project which included a slide presentation.  The property is generally located 6 miles northeast of Lyons, Colorado on County Road 37E.  The applicant’s, James and Jani Little, are proposing to divide 70 +/- acres in the O-Open Zoning District into 3 buildable lots in the following manner:  Two single-family residential lots, each about 3-4 acres in size, and one 64-acre Residual Lot. Lots 1 and 2 will each contain a new home site.  The Residual Lot will contain a 10 acre building envelope for the existing home and accessory dwelling with the remaining 54 acres being protected from further development by a covenant for a minimum of 40 years, as required under the RLUP.  This project is located next to an existing development (the Sunship PUD) that shares an access road with this property.  This road appears to be in good shape. The development will be served with on-site wells and septic. Since only three lots are proposed, this project will go through the administrative RLUP process.  No community meeting is required and the referral list is limited. 

 

Referral Comments:

Planning, Engineering, Health, and Wildfire all responded to the referral.  No major issues surfaced. The Health Department brought up the constraint on the building envelope on Lot 2 and asked if it could be expanded to include more buildable area.  The applicant had no issues doing so. 

Community Concerns:

The applicant sent out notification to the neighbors regarding his proposal.  A few of the neighbors have called with concerns regarding the shared road maintenance, lot sizes, fences and concern that horses will be allowed.  Brenda notified Mr. Little of their concerns and feels that most of the concerns can be worked out between the neighbors. No new technical issues arose from those conversations. 

 

Road Maintenance Agreement. 

A road maintenance agreement will be required as part of the approval.  Secretary Korb inquired about the private road and access rights.  Brenda stated Mr. Little already has an access agreement to his property.

 

At his time Brenda asked the Board to make a recommendation of the Little RLUP.

 

Member Prewitt recommends approval and stated that this application is an excellent model of what the Rural Land Use stands for.  He was also surprised at how many homes where in this area and is pleased that Mr. Little will be able to preserve 54 acres.

 

Member Hatfield mentioned he reviewed the area for wildlife migration and reported this project would not disrupt any wildlife migration routes or destroy wildlife habitat.  He would recommend approval as submitted.

 

Chairman Spencer mentioned a concern regarding the possibility of over grazing of the land.  Brenda stated that we could recommend Mr. Little have a management plan if horses are allowed.  Brenda went into more detail regarding the horse regulations that Larimer County currently has and what is proposed. 

 

MOTION:  Secretary Korb made a motion to approve the Little RLUP as submitted.  Member Prewitt seconded the motion.

 

Roll Call Vote:              

 

Suzanne Bassinger

Absent

Kristin Grazier

Yes

John Hatfield

Yes

Mark Korb

Yes

Lauren Light

Absent

Mike Lynch

Absent

William Prewitt

Yes

Bill Sears

Absent

Bill Spencer

Yes

 

Motion carried unanimously.

 

 

 

 

  1. RLUP Project Updates

·  Lazy D Update

Is scheduled before the BCC on May 17th, 2010.

·  Dry Creek Reservoir RLUP

This project received preliminary approval in 2005.  They have not yet finished the project to final plat approval.  Linda and Brenda met with the owners and all but one land owner is still interested in proceeding with the process.  Due to the length of time between the preliminary approval and since the current Board of County Commissioners have not heard this project, the decision was made to have them resubmit their application and begin the process again.

  1. Other Special Projects led by RLUC Staff

·  Regional Food System Assessment – Work is continuing on the Food Assessment.  Public meetings and focus groups will be held in June and July—there will be one per county for the general public and several small groups to gather specific information on the study.  CSU is currently still in the data gathering stage but moving forward.

·  Horse Study

Planning Commission held a public hearing on April 29th, 2010.  The Board of County Commissioners’ hearing will be held in May and will include a decision on the transition program. 

·  Monitoring Program - Member Grazier requested an update on the monitoring program.  Brenda stated some initial drive-bys, including pictures, of the northern part of the County where done and no major issues where found.  Next site visits are planned for down south but waiting for spring to arrive.  The goal is to complete at least the drive-bys by the end of the summer.  Next year’s goal would be to complete more in-depth individual site visits that will involve the land owner.  There is currently one project with an enforcement issue and we continue to work to solve it.

·  RLUP Budget

Board Members inquired about the impact next year’s budget may have on the RLUP.  Some discussion occurred about the possibilities.

·  Ag Advisory Board Committee – Chairman Spencer gave a brief update that the Ag Advisory Board is working on a new conference for Land Preservation.  He will know more after their next meeting which is next Wednesday.

  1. New Business:

·  There is a possibility for two new projects but they are both in the beginning stages and confidential at this time.  They will be brought to the RLUAB for review once they have been submitted.

 

The meeting was adjourned.

 

     

            _____________________________                           _________________________                   

        Chair-Bill Spencer                                                       Secretary-Mark Korb

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