LARIMER COUNTY RURAL LAND USE ADVISORY BOARD

MEETING MINUTES

Monday, August 16, 2010

5:00 p.m.

Larimer County Courthouse Lake Estes Conference Room (Suite 333)

 

Rural Land Use Advisory Board:

RLUC Staff:

Present:

Brenda Gimeson

Suzanne Bassinger

Michelle Yeager

Kristin Grazier

 

John Hatfield

 

Mark Korb

 

Bill Sears

 

Bill Spencer

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Absent:

 

Lauren Light

 

Mike Lynch

 

William Prewitt

 

 

AGENDA TOPICS:

 

  1. Approval of the May 3, 2010 RLUAB Minutes

Motion by John Hatfield to approve the minutes as written.  Bill Sears seconded the motion.  All were in favor.  Minutes adopted as written. 

 

  1. Election of Officers: Motion by Bill Sears to continue with the same officers for the next year.  Those officers being Chairman Bill Spencer, Vice-Chairman Kristin Grazier and Secretary Mark Korb.  Suzanne Bassinger seconded the motion. 

 

Roll Call Vote:   

 

Suzanne Bassinger

Yes

Kristin Grazier

Yes

John Hatfield

No

Mark Korb

Yes

Lauren Light

Absent

Mike Lynch

Absent

William Prewitt

Absent

Bill Sears

Yes

Bill Spencer

Yes

 

Motion carried with a 5 to 1 vote.

  1. Dry Creek Reservoir RLUP – Action Item:

Brenda gave an overview of the Dry Creek Reservoir RLUP project which included a slide presentation.  The property is generally located off County Road 8E and west of County Road 23 on Schofield and Shale Ridge Road and is next to the Cushman Estates subdivision.   A Minor Land Division was completed in 2006 as part of the Dry Creek Reservoir land acquisition and at that time, it was anticipated that the land owned by the Water Districts would be counted towards the density of an RLUP project and that intention was noted on the final plat of the minor land division.  .  The parcels consist of 165 acres and they are all zoned FA-1 Farming. There are 4 existing homes sites and the applicants are requesting 4 new homesites with a minimum of 110 acres of Residual Land that will be owned by Little Thompson Water District and Central Weld County Water District.  A large portion of the residual land is and will continue to be under water.    The Dry Creek Reservoir RLUP combines two previously approved projects, Gaffney-Sherwood RLUP and Ganter-Suits-Tooley RLUP.  Both projects received preliminary approval in 2005 but the final plat was not completed because one of the properties went into foreclosure. This project maintains the same configuration of the two previously approved projects.  However, because of the time elapsed and with one of the properties no longer participating, we required the owners to resubmit their project.  The new property owners of the foreclosed lot have decided not to participate in the project.  Brenda went into more detail regarding the location of the new lots and pointed out on a map what roads would need to have shared road maintenance agreements with Cushman Estates.  Brenda also pointed out that the lots that Little Thomspon created by the minor land division currently do not have any building restrictions placed on them.  However, with this proposal, we will be requesting they limit the buildings to allow only what is needed to operate a Water District.   Little Thompson has stated they do  not have any intentions on putting any buildings on the residual land, but since there has been some concern about that issue, we will be asking they be limited to water supply and storage purposes and appurtenances.   

 

Member Hatfield asked if we knew the reason why the new owners chose not to participate in the project and if this project was approved how would it affect these property owners?  Brenda stated that the new owners are not required to participate and she would not try to anticipate why they are not interested.   

 

Referral Comments:

Planning, Engineering, Health all responded to the referral.  No major issues surfaced. The Only new concern was from the Planning Department regarding the lot sizes of the new lots being undersized, and that they may not be able to have the same uses as the larger lots, but all felt this could be addressed as part of the covenants. 

 

Community Concerns:

The main concerns from the community meeting were the shared road maintenance agreement with Cushman Estates and a request that no buildings be allowed on residual land owned by the Districts.

 

Brenda stated a road maintenance agreement will be required as part of the approval and a good faith effort to come to agreement with the Cushman Estates HOA for shared road maintenance will be required.  A request will also be made to restrict the residual land buildings to those necessary for the Districts’ purposes of water supply and storage and appurtenances.  

 

The board requested another field trip to this site.   Brenda will arrange.  Chairman Bill Spencer suggested that this item be tabled to September until such time as the Board could make a site visit. The road being shared with Cushman Estates is of interest and possible concern. Motion by Kristin Grazier to table this item to the September meeting; seconded by Bill Sears.  All were in favor and item was tabled.

 

4.   Buckhorn Ranch Amended RLUP and Amended Plat -Action Item

Brenda gave an overview of the Buckhorn Ranch Amended RLUP and Amended Plat which included a slide presentation.  The property is generally located ¼ mile northwest of Masonville, southwest of County Road 27.  The parcels involved contain 531 +/- acres and are zoned O-Open.

 

The Buckhorn Ranch RLUP received final approval in July 2002.  The project contained 1509 acres and was approved with 78 single-family residential lots, 2 Residual Lots, each allowing a single-family dwelling and agricultural support buildings, one Residual Lot for agricultural support buildings only and several common area lots for the homeowners association use.    Each of the Residual Lots that allowed a single-family dwelling contained a building envelope that limits the development area. 

 

The applicants are asking to create a separate lot for their existing residence(s) currently located on Residual Lot A and reconfiguring the remaining acreage in the Residual Lots into a more logical arrangement.  The landowners are hoping to facilitate refinancing of the parcels so the residual lots may be refinanced as agricultural land and the new lot 79 as a residential parcel.   Residual Lot A will no longer be a buildable lot and will decrease in size.  Residual Lot B will increase in size and remain a buildable lot and the existing building envelope size will not change.  The protected acreage will also remain the same.

 

Additionally, there is an existing violation of the residual land covenants with a motorcross track located on the property.  In order to facilitate clarification of the restrictions, the Landowner has agreed to revise the covenants to add language that will remove the ability for off-road use of all-terrain vehicles and motorcycles for recreational purposes and only allow motorized vehicles for emergency access purposes and for the maintenance of the Residual Lots which is clearly necessary and incidental to the agricultural use of the property. 

 

The main concern of the Board was the use of the residual land.  Brenda indicated this should be resolved with the language clarified about the uses and a new or amended document spelling out the new language will be recorded as part of the amended plat process. 

 

Motion by Bill Sears to approve the project as presented.  Seconded by Kristin Grazier.  All voted in favor of the motion.

 

Roll Call Vote:

 

Suzanne Bassinger

Yes

Kristin Grazier

Yes

John Hatfield

Yes

Mark Korb

Yes

Lauren Light

Absent

Mike Lynch

Absent

William Prewitt

Absent

Bill Sears

Yes

Bill Spencer

Yes

 

Motion carried unanimously.

 

  1. Other Special Projects led by RLUC Staff

·  Horse Study

Project completed.  Transition program runs September 7, 2010 through September 7, 2011

·  Regional Food System Assessment

Open houses have had limited attendance.  We encourage people to attend and let others know about them.

 

The meeting was adjourned.

 

     

            _____________________________                                 _________________________                                      

              Chair-Bill Spencer                                                                      Secretary-Mark Korb