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LARIMER COUNTY PLANNING COMMISSION

Minutes of October 17, 2012

 

The Larimer County Planning Commission met in a regular session on Wednesday, October 17, 2012, at 6:30 p.m. in the Hearing Room.  Commissioners’ Bohling, Cox, Dougherty, Jensen, Miller, Wallace, and Zitti were present.  Commissioner Gerrard was absent.  Commissioner Glick presided as Chairman.  Also present were Matt Lafferty, Principle Planner, Rob Helmick, Senior Planner, Traci Shambo, Engineering Department, Doug Ryan, Health Department and Jill Wilson, Recording Secretary. 

 

Mr. Lafferty accompanied Commissioners’ Bohling, Cox, Dougherty, Glick, Miller and Wallace on a site visit to Advanced Beam Lab Location and Extent and PSCO West Main Gas Line 1041.

 

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 SEPTEMBER 19, 2012 MEETING:   MOTION by Commissioner Cox approve the minutes, seconded by Commissioner Dougherty.  This received unanimous voice approval.

 

REMOVED ITEM: 

Heron’s Hill Subdivision #12-S3131

 

AMENDMENTS TO THE AGENDA:

None.

 

CONSENT ITEM:

 

ITEM #1  ADVANCED BEAM LAB LOCATION AND EXTENT #12-Z1895:  Mr. Helmick provided background information on the request for an advanced beam lab building adjacent to the Engineering building on the CSU Foothills Campus. 

 

DISCUSSION:

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

 

BE IT RESOLVED that the Planning Commission approve the Advance Beam Lab Location and Extent, file #12-Z1895, subject to the following condition:

 

1.   The applicant shall coordinate any contemplated drainage or traffic improvements with the Larimer County Engineering Department. 

 

Commissioner Dougherty seconded the Motion.

 

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

 

MOTION PASSED:  8-0

 

Commissioner Cox disclosed that she was in discussion with Public Service Company regarding the southern portion of the pipeline, which was located in southern Larimer County and was not a part of the proposed application.  She felt that she could be impartial to the discussion and the decision.

 

ITEM:

 

ITEM #2  PUBLIC SERVICE COMPANY OF COLORADO WEST MAIN GAS LINE 1041 #12-Z1893:   Mr. Helmick provided background information on the request to construct a new 16-inch diameter high-pressure natural gas transmission line to replace an existing 8-inch line.  The new line would replace 18+ miles of pipeline alignment from Vine Drive west of Timberline in northeast Fort Collins to Wilson and 1st Street in southwest Loveland and would use existing and new right-of-way and easements.  He noted that the proposed gas line would run through both county and city property, and the applicants were working with the applicable cities regarding the segments that were located within city limits.  He outlined the proposed route. 

 

Dan Tekavec, Project Manager for Public Service Company, stated that it was a very complex project.  He stated that he was available for questions. 

 

Commissioner Wallace asked what the route easement width would be.

 

Mr. Tekavec replied that the standard easement width for gas transmission facilities was 50 feet wide with a 25-foot temporary construction easement.  He remarked that the goal was to complete the project in 2013. 

 

Commissioner Wallace asked if discussions had occurred with the open lands programs.

 

Mr. Tekavec stated that discussions started one year ago.  He also mentioned that the long term planning for those areas was taken into consideration. 

 

Commissioner Glick asked if the current line would stay active until the new line was built.

 

Mr. Tekavec replied yes.  He pointed out that current segments ran through densely populated areas; as a result, the line was moved in certain areas to provide a better opportunity to construct in a safe manner with less congestion and with other utilities.

 

Commissioner Glick asked about the segment by the airport.

 

Mr. Tekavec explained that the current line had been in existence for 89 years and during that time there was build out close to the line.  Therefore, the route was moved to the east around the airport.

 

Commissioner Glick asked about the pipeline going under the river.

 

Mr. Tekavec stated that an engineered design would be in place in that area.  He also explained how the pipeline would be tested.

 

Commissioner Wallace asked how deep the pipeline would be.

 

Mr. Tekavec stated that the standard depth was 48 inches.  The pipeline would be marked at the major crossings, ownerships, fence lines, etc.

 

PUBLIC TESTIMONY:

Ed Klen, 6909 Shannon Court, landowner of the northeast corner of Wilson and 57th Street in Loveland, stated that he was not notified.  He had concerns about easements and setbacks and wondered whom he could speak with at Public Service. 

 

Tom Wright, 2692 Lochbuie, asked what provisions had been made about automatic shutoffs.  

 

Mr. Tekavec stated that there might be blanket easements on his property and committed to meet with the property owner to discuss the issue.  He explained that there was automatic valving approximately every 4-5 miles per code requirements.  He stated that Public Service had a goal to communicate with all property owners and agencies involved. 

 

DISCUSSION:

Commissioner Zitti commended Public Service on their work.

 

Commissioner Wallace went over the 1041 review criteria, which she felt the application could meet.

 

Commissioner Glick thanked Public Service for their presentation.

 

Commissioner Wallace asked that it be recommended that Public Service be subject to ongoing discussions with the County and City Open Lands programs. 

 

Mr. Helmick suggested the following language:  ‘The applicant shall update Larimer County with respect to any property negotiations that would affect the open space route and/or mitigation of the pipeline.’

 

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

 

BE IT RESOLVED that the Planning Commission recommend to the Board of County Commissioners approval of Public Service Company of Colorado West Main Gas Line 1041, file #12-Z1893, for the property described on “Exhibit A” to the minutes subject to the following conditions with added Condition #7:

 

1.         Any final plans shall be consistent with the approved preliminary plan and with the information contained in the PSCO 2013 West Main Gas Line Replacement 1041 permit File #12-Z1893, except as modified by the conditions of approval or agreement of the County and applicant.  The applicant shall be subject to all other verbal or written representations and commitments of record for the PSCO 2013 West Main Gas Line Replacement 1041 permit File #12-Z1893.

 

2.         The applicants shall conduct a burrowing owl survey for those areas of the preferred route affecting prairie dog towns.

 

 

 

3.         The applicants shall coordinate all ditch crossings with the appropriate ditch companies and insure that all licenses and agreements are in place prior to construction.

 

4.         The applicant shall coordinate all bores of the county roads affected by the route and obtain all necessary permits and permissions. 

 

5.         The applicant shall obtain all necessary and required State and Federal permits for the construction of the pipeline.

 

6.         The approval of this pipeline designates a corridor along the alignment and deviations to accommodate field issues will not affect the approval.  Significant alterations to the route shall be evaluated by the county prior to commencing activity, and may be subject to further review.   

 

7.         The applicant shall update Larimer County with respect to any property negotiations that would affect the open space route and/or mitigation of the pipeline.

 

Commissioner Wallace seconded the Motion.

 

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

 

MOTION PASSED:  8-0

 

 

PROPOSAL REGARDING LARIMER COUNTY PLANNING COMMISSION HEARINGS: 

Chairman Glick stated that at the September 19, 2012 Planning Commission hearing it was proposed to add the Pledge of Allegiance to the hearing procedures, and staff was to consult the County Attorney regarding the matter. 

 

Mr. Lafferty stated that the bylaws would not have to be amended to add the Pledge of Allegiance to the beginning of the hearing. 

 

Commissioner Jensen supported adding the Pledge of the Allegiance at the beginning of the hearings.

 

Commissioner Wallace stated that she was supportive of adding it to the joint meetings but not the Planning Commission hearings as they were a quasi-judicial board.  She pointed out that it did not occur in the court system and believed that it was not appropriate.  She stated that she could support it occurring at the end of the meeting when the public had left.

 

Commissioner Dougherty disagreed and stated that the American flag was present in the hearing room.  He would respect others who did not stand to pledge.

 

Commissioner Miller stated that it was a first amendment right. 

 

 

 

Commissioner Glick wanted to make sure that the function of the Planning Commission process was upheld.  He mentioned that peer pressure was powerful, and he did not want to do anything that would preclude the public from coming.

 

MOTION by Commissioner Jensen to begin the Larimer County Planning Commission meetings with the Pledge of Allegiance, seconded by Commissioner Miller.

 

Commissioners’ Bohling, Cox, Dougherty, Jensen, Miller, and Zitti voted in favor of the Motion.

 

Commissioner Wallace voted against the Motion.

 

Chairman Glick abstained. 

 

MOTION PASSED:  6-2

 

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

 

ADJOURNMENT:   There being no further business, the hearing adjourned at 7:56 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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Scott Glick, Chairman                                                            Nancy Wallace, Secretary

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

EXHIBIT A

 

 

Multiple sections from Vine Drive west of Timberline in northeast Fort Collins to Wilson and 1st Street in southwest Loveland

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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