To insure that public health issues are adequately considered in land use planning decisions.
- Review proposed residential and commercial developments submitted
to the County Planning Division.
- Consult with developers and interested citizens about environmental
and health related impacts of development proposals.
- Serve on the County's development review team. The team consists of
staff members from departments with responsibilities for land use issues.
The team provides consultation and feedback to citizens with development
applications to help insure that proposals meet required standards.
- Testify at County Planning Commission and Board of Commissioner land
use hearings about the public health aspects of development proposals.
- Participate in the County's Partnership Land Use System (PLUS) which
is striving to develop new ways to involve citizens in the land use
- Act as the County staff facilitator for the Larimer County Environmental
Advisory Board, a citizen board appointed by the County Commissioners.
Frequently Asked Questions
- Does the Department of Health and Environment review all land use
The Department reviews all land use proposals submitted to the County
Planning Department, and selected proposals in those cities that request
- As a concerned neighbor, can I get a copy of the Department's report
on a land use proposal?
Yes, reports prepared by the Department's Environmental Planner are
public record. Please call Doug Ryan and 498-6777 if you would like
to obtain a report on a specific development proposal.
- What are the specific topics that are considered by the Environmental
Planner in reviewing development proposals?
The list of topics varies according to the type of development that
is proposed. In most cases the provision of water and sewer, and air
and water pollution impacts are important issues. In some cases other
subjects such as noise levels, affects of power lines, horse pasture
management, agricultural impacts, prairie dogs or waste disposal are
included in the review.
- What kind of information needs to be considered in planning a new
residential subdivision that will use septic systems for sewage disposal?
Site conditions that affect the operation of septic systems include
the type of soils that are present, the depth to the groundwater table,
the depth to bedrock and the presence of surface water such as lakes
or irrigation ditches. With a thorough knowledge of site conditions,
subdivisions can be designed to take advantage of the best soils for
treating sewage while avoiding problem conditions such as high groundwater
or irrigation ditches. Some of the options used in the subdivision design
process include clustering, variations in lot size, and creation of
open space in areas not suitable for septic systems.
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