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LARIMER COUNTY PLANNING COMMISSION

Minutes of August 17, 2011

 

The Larimer County Planning Commission met in a regular session on Wednesday, August 17, 2011, at 6:30 p.m. in the Hearing Room.  Commissioners’ Cox, Dougherty, Glick, Jensen, Wallace, and Zitti were present.  Commissioner Hart presided as Chairman.  Commissioners Gerrard and Miller were absent.  Also present were Matt Lafferty, Principle Planner, Rob Helmick, Senior Planner, Traci Shambo, Engineering Department, and Doug Ryan, Health Department. 

 

No sites were visited by the commission.

 

COMMENTS BY THE PUBLIC REGARDING THE COUNTY LAND USE CODE: 

None

 

COMMENTS BY THE PUBLIC REGARDING OTHER RELEVANT LAND USE MATTERS NOT ON THE AGENDA:  

None.

 

APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES FOR THE JUNE 15, 2010 MEETINGS:   MOTION by Commissioner Cox approve the minutes, seconded by Commissioner Glick.  This received unanimous voice approval.

 

AMENDMENTS TO THE AGENDA:

Elections of Officials was moved to the end of the agenda.

 

CONSENT ITEMS:

 

ITEM #1  RED FEATHER BIOMASS AMENDED LOCATION AND EXTENT #11-Z1856:  Mr. Helmick provided background information on the request to amend the Location and Extent for the Red Feather Woody Biomass facility approved in 2009 for Larimer County Natural Resources in order to convert the ownership/operation to Slash Solutions, LLC and alter the days, hours, and seasons of operation as well as materials accepted.  The site is located in Red Feather Lakes on the west side of County Road 73C, ˝ mile north of the Red Feather Lakes School.  Mr. Helmick noted that Red Feather Lakes Planning Advisory Committee heard the request and agreed with the recommendation for approval.  

 

Commissioner Wallace suggested modifying Condition #4 to state that if complaints arose they would be addressed immediately.

 

Mr. Helmick suggested the following, “4.  The site shall be subject to an annual review and comment by the RFLPAC.  This review shall occur every August.  If unresolved issues arise, the operation either shall be modified or may require further review by Larimer County.”

 

Commissioner Wallace wondered if more emphasis should be put on air quality and noise.

 

Mr. Helmick stated that the Location and Extent did not relieve the applicant of any obligation to operate consistent with the noise ordinance or the air quality requirements of Larimer County or the State.  He noted that the site operated in 2010 without any complaints.

 

 

 

Doug Ryan, Health Department, noted that the air curtain burner would be subject to a State issued air emissions permit.  The County Health Department would inspect the permit and respond to any complaints.  The permit would contain standards including a maximum capacity limit and standards to make sure the fire was extinguished at the end of the day and that there was no visible smoke from the extinguished fire.

 

DISCUSSION:

Commissioner Wallace moved that the Planning Commission adopt the following Resolution:

 

BE IT RESOLVED that the Planning Commission approve the Red Feather Biomass Amended Location and Extent, file #11-Z1856, subject to the following conditions with the amendment to Condition 4 as noted above:

 

1.   Adequate water and sanitation shall be provided at all times for individuals employed at the site.  This may be portable toilet and bottled water.

2.    The applicants shall complete the Larimer County Access Permit for the access to CR 73C.

3.   Air quality and other permits shall be obtained and maintained current through the life of the project

4.   The site shall be subject to an annual review and comment by the RFLPAC.  This review shall occur every August.  If unresolved issues arise, the operation either shall be modified or may require further review by Larimer County.

 

Commissioner Cox seconded the Motion.

 

Commissioners’ Cox, Dougherty, Glick, Jensen, Wallace, Zitti, and Chairman Hart voted in favor of the Motion.

 

MOTION PASSED:  7-0

 

 

ELECTION OF OFFICIALS:  Commissioner Cox nominated Commissioner Glick for Chairman.  Commissioner Hart seconded the nomination.  Chairman Hart moved to close the Nominations and to cast a unanimous ballot electing Commissioner Glick as Chairman.  MOTION PASSED.

 

Commissioner Hart nominated Commissioner Cox for Vice Chairman.  Commissioner Dougherty seconded the nomination.  Chairman Hart moved to close the Nominations and to cast a unanimous ballet electing Commissioner Cox as Vice Chairman. MOTION PASSED.

 

Commissioner Cox nominated Commissioner Wallace for Secretary.  Commissioner Glick seconded the Nomination.  Chairman Hart moved to close the Nominations and to cast a unanimous ballet electing Commissioner Wallace as Secretary.  MOTION PASSED. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

REPORT FROM STAFF:  Mr. Lafferty reminded the Commission of their upcoming meetings. 

 

ADJOURNMENT:   There being no further business, the hearing adjourned at 6:53 p.m.

 

 

These minutes constitute the Resolution of the Larimer County Planning Commission for the recommendations contained herein which are hereby certified to the Larimer County Board of Commissioners.

 

 

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Gerald Hart, Chairman                                               Secretary

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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