MINUTES OF THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS

 

 

Monday, MARCH 25, 2019

 

LAND USE HEARING

 

The Board of County Commissioners met at 3:00 p.m. with Carol Kuhn, Principal Planner. Chair Donnelly presided, and Commissioner Johnson and Commissioner Kefalas were present. Also present were: Tony Brooks, Amy White, Code Compliance; Jennifer Cram, Leslie Ellis, Samantha Mott, Michael Whitley, Community Development; Clint Jones, Engineering; Lea Schneider, Health Department; Jeannine Haag, County Attorney; and Deirdre O’Neill, Deputy Clerk.

 

Chair Donnelly opened the hearing with the Pledge of Allegiance.

 

Chair Donnelly noted that the following item is on the consent agenda:

 

1.         LEE MINOR LAND DIVISION PLAT VACATION, FILE #18-GNRL0453: The applicant proposes to vacate the Lee Minor Land Division plat which was approved by the Board of County Commissioners on May 23, 2017. The Minor Land Division divided the 128.7-acre Lot 4, Lee Minor Residential Development into two parcels. Lot 1 of the Lee Minor Land Division is 28.46 acres and contains an existing single-family home. Lot 2 of the Lee Minor Land Division is 100.24 acres and contains an existing oil well and tank along with agricultural production. Lot 2 is restricted from further development until it is subdivided through the Conservation Development process or annexed to the Town of Johnstown. According to the applicant’s project description, the property owner’s circumstances have changed, and the property owner now believes that recombining the two parcels will maximize the value of the land and allow for a better division and development of the property in the future. If the Lee Minor Land Division Plat Vacation is approved, the resultant lot will be the 128.7-acre Lot 4, Lee Minor Residential Development.

 

According to Section 5.10.3 of the Larimer County Land Use Code (Section 5.10.3) to approve a Plat Vacation the County Commissioners must consider the following review criteria and find that each criterion has been met or determined to be inapplicable:

 

 A.       Vacation of the plat will not leave any lots without adequate utility or drainage easements;

 

Vacation of the plat would vacate a 25-foot wide utility easement on Lot 2, but that easement would no longer be needed if the Lee Minor Land Division Plat is vacated and the property reverts to being one parcel of land. At the time of a future land division, additional easements will be dedicated if required at the time of the land division.

 

B.        Vacation of the plat will not vacate road rights-of-way or access easements needed to access other property;

 

Vacation of the plat would vacate a 50-foot wide access easement on Lot 1 for the benefit of Lot 2. That easement would no longer be needed if the Lee Minor Land Division Plat is vacated and the property reverts to being one parcel of land. At the time of a future land division, rights-of-way and/or access easements will be dedicated as necessary

 

C.        Vacation of the plat will not inhibit the provision of adequate public facilities or services to other property as required by this Code ;

 

Adequate public facilities are water service, sewer service, drainage, fire protection and road capacity. The vacation of the Lee Minor Land Division plat will not inhibit the provision of those facilities or services to other property. The availability of adequate public facilities for this property will be evaluated at the time of a future land division.

 

 D.        Vacation of the plat is consistent with the Master Plan.

 

This property is classified as rural lands in the Master Plan since it is not located in a Growth Management Area. Master Plan Guiding Principle LU-4 states, “In rural areas, allowed uses and residential densities shall be based on the current zoning of the property.” Vacation of the Lee Minor Land Division plat would not change the property’s FA – Farming zoning and it would not change allowed uses or potential residential densities if the property is divided in the future. The proposal is therefore consistent with the Master Plan.

 

This proposal allows the owner to recombine lots that were split through the Minor Land Division process in 2017. The proposal would not change the property’s FA – Farming zoning district and would not change allowed uses or potential residential densities if the property if divided in the future.

 

If the Lee Minor Land Division Plat Vacation is approved, the resultant lot will be the 128.7- acre Lot 4, Lee Minor Residential Development.

 

The Larimer County Engineering Department, Larimer County Department of Health and Environment and The Loveland Rural Fire Rescue Authority provided comments on the proposal.

 

The Engineering Department has no issues as long as utility providers were given the opportunity to comment on the Plat Vacation. The Utility Check sheet provided with the application indicated that no utility providers had concerns with the Plat Vacation request. The Department of Health and Environment supports the request and the Loveland Rural Fire Protection District has no concerns.

 

The Plat Vacation can be implemented through a Findings and Resolution with attached exhibits.

 

The Developmental Services Team recommends approval of the Lee Minor Land Division Plat Vacation, File #18-LAND3861, through a Findings and Resolution with attached exhibits with the resultant lot, Lot 4, Lee Minor Residential Development, being 128.7-acres in size.

 

MOTION

 

Commissioner Kefalas moved that the Board of County Commissioners approve the Lee Minor Plat Vacation, File #18-LAND3861.

 

Motion carried 3-0

 

Discussion Item:

 

2.         CONNELLY FEE APPEAL, FILE #18-GNRL0453: The applicant has requested a waiver for the planning application fees associated with seeking approval for an accessory living area. The applicant would need to get approval through the Public Site Plan process and through the Variance process. The Public Site Plan process is required to seek approval for the use of the building as an accessory living area. An accessory living area is finished habitable space that is clearly accessory to the single-family dwelling and located in a detached building or separated from the single-family dwelling for the use of guests of the occupants of the single-family dwelling or those providing a service on site in exchange for their residency. The Variance process is required because the building has unpermitted additions that do not meet the required building setbacks from the property line. In order for the building to remain in its current location with the additions, the Board of Adjustment must review and approve a variance from the building setback requirements. The Public Site Plan application fee is $700, and the Variance application fee is $1200. Based on applicant’s current financial situation they are requesting the total amount of $1900 in planning application fees be waived. The applicant has included an e-mail that outlines this request.

 

The County Commissioners will consider each of the following factors and make findings pertaining to each one which, in their discretion, applies to the appeal:

 

1.          The development as proposed helps achieve a density or intensity reduction of existing uses consistent with adopted plans.

 

The development proposed through the Public Site Plan process and with the associated Variance for a detached accessory living area in an existing building would not achieve a reduction in the intensity of the use on the property.

 

            2.         Staff has made an error in processing the project application.

 

Staff has not made an error in processing the application. The fee appeal was requested by the applicant based on financial circumstances.

 

            3.         Exceptional, documented financial hardship exists.

 

The applicant has provided background on his financial situation via an e-mail attached to this staff report.

 

4.         The development application is from a jurisdiction or department with a current Intergovernmental Agreement or Memo of understanding which addresses application fees (none currently exist).

 

The application is not from a jurisdiction or department with a current Intergovernmental Agreement or Memo of Understanding that addresses application fees.

 

The Development Services Team does not deny that the applicant has presented information documenting his existing financial hardship to pay the required application fees for both a Variance and a Public Site Plan application. However, the fees that are collected on land use applications directly offset the time that staff in the Community Development Division spends to review and process land use applications. Based on this, the Community Development Department has not supported Fee Appeals.

 

The Development Services Team recommends Denial of the Connelly Fee Appeal File #18-GNRL0453.

 

Samantha Mott presented the Board with an overview of the appeal as stated above.

 

Chair Donnelly asked Daniel William Connelly, property owner, to approach the Board.

 

Mr. Connelly explained to the Board his reasons for asking for the waiver of fees. Mr. Connelly explained to the Board about the history of the property and that he feels he is being singled out. He did explain that he does not have intentions of renting out the property and that he cannot afford the fees. He is requesting to have the fees waived.

 

There was some discussion between the Board and the property owner.

 

Chair Donnelly opened the hearing for Public comment.

 

No members from the public addressed the Board.

 

Chair Donnelly closed public comment.

 

M O T I O N

 

Commissioner Johnson moved that the Board of County Commissioners waive the variance application fee of $1200 and find that for the types of use that has been described here where family members come and stay for a few days, a public site plan is not required unless that use changes.

 

Motion carried 3-0.

 

The following item has been withdrawn at the request of the Loveland Fire Rescue Authority:

 

3.         LOVELAND FIRE RESCUE APPEAL FILE #19-GNRL0461: The Loveland Fire Rescue Authority has submitted a Site Plan Review application to develop a new fire station, Station #7, on County Road 27 just north of Highway 34. The proposal includes a 10,600 square foot building to accommodate one firefighting company including crew quarters, firefighting equipment storage and support spaces with opportunities for training and community education. The proposal also includes all site work for parking, circulation and fire-wise landscaping. Per Section 9.7 – Right-of-Way Dedications, sufficient right-of-way for all county roads must be dedicated by the property owner(s) for each development proposal to meet the minimum right-of-way standards and right-of-way dedications for all site plan reviews must be accomplished by a properly executed deed of dedication at the time of final approval. County Road 27 is classified as a major collector and per the Larimer County Transportation Plan adopted in November of 2006, a 100-foot right-of-way (50-foot half right-of-way) is required.

 

The existing right-of-way is currently 60-feet (30-foot half right-of-way). The Loveland Fire Rescue Authority based their design on the existing right-of-way width. Revisions to the proposed site plan can accommodate an additional 10-feet without creating substantial hardship related to budget and timing. As a result, the Loveland Fire Rescue Authority requests that they be allowed to dedicate a 40-foot half right-of -way instead of a 50-foot half right-of-way.

 

The County Commissioners will consider each of the following factors and make findings pertaining to each one which, in their discretion, applies to the appeal:

 

1.          Approval of the appeal will not subvert the purpose of the standard or requirement.

 

Per Section 9.7., sufficient right-of-way for all county roads must be dedicated by the property owner(s) for each development proposal to meet the minimum right-of-way standards and right-of-way dedications for all site plan reviews must be accomplished by a properly executed deed of dedication at the time of final approval.

 

Approval of the requested Appeal will allow for the development of a 40-foot half right-of-way dedication on the property. This will result in an 80-foot full right-of-way, the minimum right-of-way that the Engineering Department can support based on future improvements for the road classification.

 

2.         Approval of the appeal will not be detrimental to the public health, safety or property values in the neighborhood.

 

Approval of the Appeal will allow for the future improvement to County Road 27 to minimum standards and is consistent with the Rural Area Road Standards, thus not being detrimental to the public health, safety, or property values in the neighborhood.

 

3.          Approval of the appeal is the minimum action necessary.

 

Approval of the Appeal is the minimum action necessary to allow the Loveland Fire Rescue Authority to develop the site as proposed without financial and timing implications for the proposed fire station that will provide emergency response services for the rural community west of Loveland.

 

4.         Approval of the appeal will not result in increased costs to the general public.

 

It appears that approval of the Appeal will not prevent the County from making future improvements to County Road 27 and will not result in increased costs to the general public.

 

5.         Approval of the appeal is consistent with the intent and purpose of the Code.

 

As discussed above, approval of the Appeal is consistent with the intent and purpose of the Code, as the minimum right-of-way dedication of a 40-foot half right-of-way will be provided.

 

 

The major issue related to the pending Site Plan Review approval for the new fire station is the right-of-way dedication. All other requirements of the Land Use Code are met or can be addressed with revisions to the Site Plan. The purpose of right-of-way dedication is to provide adequate roadways for safe and convenient access to all developments. The Engineering Department generally does not support appeals to right-of-way dedications, however in this instance and based on unique circumstances, they have agreed to support the minimum of a dedicated 40-foot half right-of-way.

 

The Development Services Team recognizes the need for the proposed development of Station #7 to better provide emergency services to the area. The requested Appeal will not subvert the purpose of the Standards, will not be detrimental to public health and safety and is consistent with the intent of the Land Use Code as discussed in detail above. The Development Services team supports the requested Appeal.

 

CODE COMPLIANCE PUBLIC MEETING:

 

4.         MARING COMBO VIOLATION, FILE #16-CCC0069: The property owner is in violation of the following Sections of the Larimer County Land Use Code: 1. Section 4.1.23.B.4 by virtue of not seeking Site Plan Review approval to operate an auto repair business on this site. 2. Section 4.4.4 by virtue of not seeking approval to rezone the property to allow the use. 3. Section 4.1.18.B.2 by virtue of having built, without the benefit of a permit, a structure in the minimum required setbacks. 4. Section 4.2.2.G by virtue of not obtaining Flood Review Board approval for the use of several structures in the regulated flood plain and also by building, without the benefit of a permit, a structure in the regulated flood plain. The property owner is in violation of Section 105.1 of the International Building Code for the following reasons: 1. Building a structure without a building permit and required inspection approvals. 2. Not obtaining required change of occupancy permits, as necessary. 3. Making an alternation to a roofing structure without a building permit and required inspection approvals.

 

The property is in south east Loveland near the corner of S. St. Louis and Highway 60.

 

BACKGROUND:

 

On September 19, 2016, Code Compliance Inspector Tony Brooks drove by the property and noticed a large addition (30x60) under construction. It was discovered there was no permit for this addition and a Stop Work Order was posted that same day.

 

Subsequently, Mr. Brooks drove by the property and noticed a sign in the right-of-way advertising two auto repair businesses, the “Westlake 66 -- Complete Auto Repair” and “Auto-Therapy”.

 

An Inquiry was initiated so that Mr. Maring could meet with a Planner to discuss his options and what needed to be done to bring the property into compliance.

 

On October 17, 2016, Mr. Maring came in for his pre-app meeting and met with Planner Michael Whitley. Mr. Whitley presented Mr. Maring with an Inquiry Report which, among other things, stated that the majority of his property was conditionally rezoned from FA-Farming to C-Commercial in 1986. The rezoning was approved with nine conditions. Condition #6 stated, “Use of the property is limited to what is hereby approved- zoo, pet store, feed supply and any existing legal residential uses”.

 

Also, a portion of the Maring property is zoned FA-Farming. The FA zoning district does not allow commercial activity such as trade uses, auto repair, storage, offices, etc. One of the commercial buildings on the property is partially on the portion of the property zoned FA-Farming. Mr. Maring was also informed that the FA-Farming district does not allow commercial uses such as auto repair or trade uses.

 

Mr. Maring was also informed that the unpermitted addition may be within the required setback, was in the regulatory flood plain and would need Flood Review Board approval to construct the addition. If the addition was approved by the Flood Review Board, a building permit and inspection approvals would be required.

 

No further action was taken until March 2018, when Code Compliance Inspector Amy White contacted Mr. Maring and requested he come in and meet with staff from Planning, Building and Engineering to discuss a plan to move forward.

 

Mr. Maring came in on March 13, 2018 and met with staff from the identified divisions for a lengthy and involved meeting on the several issues involved with this case. Issues with FEMA regulations were discussed. Mr. Whitely again outlined the zoning issues. Building Code issues were identified. Mr. Maring said he was leaving for a vacation and would begin to take the necessary steps that were outlined upon his return. A detailed email was sent as a follow-up to this meeting.

 

On June 20, 2018, Inspector White called and left a message with Mr. Maring that some progress needed to be evident. If no progress was seen, Ms. White would proceed with the Code Compliance business process.

 

On October 8, 2018, Inspector White mailed the first letter in that process requesting that Mr. Maring contact staff within 15 days. No contact was made.

 

On January 9, 2019, the next letter in the Code Compliance process was sent requesting that Mr. Maring contact staff within 30 days or further action would be taken. No contact has been made.

 

Seeking Planning approval would allow the property to be in would address the access, parking, fire access and ability to fight a fire, and water/sewer concerns consistent with other properties in the County. Allowing these violations to continue without being rectified is in violation of the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s regulations, and accordingly may jeopardize the County’s participation in the National Flood Insurance Program. Without building permits, the life-safety of patrons of the businesses on the property are of concern.

 

STAFF FINDINGS:

 

1.         The majority of the property is zoned C-Commercial.

 

2.         A portion of the property is zoned FA-Farming.

 

            3.         Auto repair is not an allowed use in the FA-Farming zone district.

 

4.         The property is located in a regulatory flood plain.

 

5.         Variance approval from the Flood Review Board is required for the use of the structures and the construction of the illegal addition.

 

6          A change of occupancy permit is required for the current use of two of the structures.

           

7.         A building permit and inspection approvals is required for the addition that was begun without a permit.

 

Staff recommends setting a deadline for the property to be brought into compliance and authorize legal action if the deadline set by the Commissioners is not met.

 

Amy White, Code Compliance presented the Board with the above violation.

 

Chair Donnelly invited the property owner, Merle Maring to address the Board.

 

Mr. Maring went over the history of the property and is asking for time to bring the property into compliance.

 

Chair Donnelly opened the hearing for public comment.

 

Robert Cringlee approached the Board stating that he lives adjacent to Mr. Marings property and has always been a good neighbor.

 

Chair Donnelly closed public comment.

 

M O T I O N

 

Commissioner Johnson moved that the Board make a finding that violations do exist and move that we set the following deadlines to bring the property into compliance:

 

1.         Submit an application to re-zone the property to PD-Planned Development within 60 days.

 

2.         Seek and gain approval from the Flood Review Board for the current uses of the structures within 120 days upon approval for the re-zoning.

 

3.         Seek and gain approval from the Flood Review Board for the addition in the flood plain begun without a permit as well as the roof structure alteration done without a permit within 120 upon approval for the re-zoning.

 

4.         Seek and gain Site Plan Review approval within 120 days of the approval from the Planning Division.

 

5.         If the required approvals are obtained, appropriate building permits within 120 days of the last approval.

 

Motion carried 3-0.

 

With there being no further business, the Board adjourned at 4:10 p.m.

 

 

 

TUESDAY, MARCH 26, 2019

 

 

ADMINISTRATIVE MATTERS MEETING

 

The Board of County Commissioners met at 9:00 a.m. with Linda Hoffmann, County Manager. Chair Donnelly presided, and Commissioner Kefalas was present. Commissioner Johnson was excused. Also present were: Brenda Gimeson and Alisha Jeffers, Commissioners’ Office; and Deirdre O’Neill, Deputy Clerk.

 

Chair Donnelly opened the meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance.

 

1.          PUBLIC COMMENT:  Chair Johnson opened the meeting to public comment giving citizens the opportunity to address the Commissioners regarding events and issues pertaining to Larimer County.  Dale Baker, Kathleen Kilkelly, Marsha Lotz, Red Jewitt, Charlie Mesulian approached the Board.

 

Commissioner Johnson joined the meeting.

 

Chair Donnelly invited Mike Mulden to speak during public comment about Colorado Medieval Festival Special Permit.

 

Chair Donnelly closed public comment.

 

2.         APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES FOR THE WEEK OF MARCH 18, 2019:

 

M O T I O N

 

Commissioner Johnson moved that the Board of County Commissioners approve the minutes for the week of March 18, 2019.

 

Motion carried 3-0.

 

3.         REVIEW OF THE SCHEDULE FOR THE WEEK OF APRIL 1, 2019:   Ms. Gimeson reviewed the schedule for the upcoming week with the Board.

 

4.         CONSENT AGENDA:  

 

03262019A002            INTERGOVERNMENTAL AGREEMENT FOR VEGETATION MANAGEMENT BY AND BETWEEN LARIMER COUNTY AND CITY OF LOVELAND

 

03262019R001             RESOLUTION FOR STATUTORY VESTED RIGHTS FOR TIMBERLINE RESOURCES SR 6TH AMENDMENT

 

03262019R002            FINDINGS AND RESOLUTION APPROVING THE GIBSON CENTER MINOR SPECIAL REVIEW

 

03262019R003            LOT CONSOLIDATION RESOLUTION APPROVING THE CONSOLIDATION OF LOTS 5 AND 6 KILL CARE SUBDIVISION

 

03262019R004            LOT CONSOLIDATION RESOLUTION APPROVING THE CONSOLIDATION OF LOTS 96 AND 97 OF CRYSTAL LAKES P.U.D. 15TH FILING AND UTILITY EASEMENT VACATION

 

0326209R005              LOT CONSOLIDATION RESOLUTION APPROVING THE CONSOLIDATION OF LOTS 16, 17 AND 19A GLACIER VIEW MEADOWS 8TH FILING

 

03262019R006            LOT CONSOLIDATION RESOLUTION APPROVING THE LAND CONSOLIDATION PLAT FOR THE TOWN OF ESTES PARK GLACIER CREEK WATER TREATMENT PLANT  

 

03262019R007             FINDINGS AND RESOLUTION APPROVING THE DONALDSON PRELIMINARY RURAL LAND USE PLAN

 

03262019R008             RESOLUTION TO ESTABLISH PRECINCTS AND BOUNDARY CHANGES

 

ABATEMENTS

RECOMMENDED APPROVAL - WALTON FOOTHILLS HOLDINGS VI LLC R1657622/97253-30-008 (2016)

 

RECOMMENDED APPROVAL- FRENKEL RONALD/JULIE R1427229/99350-00-009 (2016)

 

MISCELLANEOUS: Larimer County Office on Aging Area Plan 2020-2023

 

LIQUOR LICENSES:  Colorado Medieval Festival – Special Event, 6% – Loveland; Colorado Medieval Festival – Special Event, 6% – Loveland; Colorado Medieval Festival – Special Event, 6% – Loveland; Colorado Medieval Festival – Special Event, 6% – Loveland; Masonville Mercantile– Optional Premises  – Masonville; Sundance Trail Guest Ranch – Retail Liquor Store  – Red Feather Lakes; Zippy’s Liquor ­ – Retail Liquor Store  – Fort Collins; Beaver Meadows Resort Ranch –  Hotel and Restaurant with optional premise – Red Feather Lake; Colorado Youth Outdoors – Special Event, 6% – Fort Collins; Quota Club of Estes Park – Special Event, 6% – Estes Park.

 

M O T I O N

 

Commissioner Kefalas moved that the Board of County Commissioners approve the consent agenda, as outlined above.

 

Motion carried 3-0.   

 

5.         COMMENTS FROM COMMISSIONERS’ GUESTS: The Commissioners did not have any guests.

 

6.         PROCLAMATION RECOGNIZING THE RETIREMENT OF DR. ADRIENNE LEBAILY, MD, MPH: Recognition of Dr. Adrienne LeBailly’s retirement after 31 years of dedicated service with Larimer County Department of Public Health and Environment (LCDHE)

 

Proclaim the County’s gratitude to Dr. LeBailly for 31 years of dedicated service.

 

Tom Gonzales, Abby Strand, Andrea Johnson and Bruce Peter spoke about Dr. LeBaily’s commitment to public health and the contributions she has made over her 31 years of service.

 

The Commissioners also wanted to thank Dr. LeBaily for her dedication, knowledge, experience and accomplishments to Larimer County Public Health.

 

Commissioner Kefalas read the proclamation recognizing the retirement of Dr. Adrienne LeBaily, MD, MPH.

 

M O T I O N

 

Commissioner Kefalas moved that the Board of County Commissioners proclaim our gratitude to Dr. Adrienne LeBaily, MD, MPH for her 31 years of dedicated service to Larimer County.

 

Motion carried 3-0.

 

The Board took a brief recess for a photo.

 

The Board returned to session.

 

7.         CONSIDER AN ADDITIONAL 1.0 FTE CORRECTIONAL SERVICES SPECIALIST I FOR THE ALTERNATIVE SENTENCING DEPARTMENT: To request an additional 1.0 FTE (Correctional Services Specialist I) for the Alternative Sentencing Department, funded with a surplus due to the previous Director’s departure. Situation: Due to the growth of the Work Release Program with an increasingly challenging population, as well as being the benefactor of a grant regarding Substance Use Disorders, it has been determined that additional change and focus needs to be placed on supporting staff and offenders with education and training in substance use disorders. As this is a long-term need, the current work load of the Program Manager does not allow for appropriate time in planning and implementation of these changes. Additionally, an expansion of the Work Release program is part of the Facilities Master Plan and additional time will need to be spent in the appropriate planning of this area to serve the Criminal Justice Community in the best way possible. Proposal: A Request for Review and Approval of Departmental Reorganization was submitted to the HR Director and was approved. The reorganization included the addition of a Correctional Services Supervisor over the Work Release (WR) and Home Detention Programs via internal recruitment. This position will offer management support to the Senior Correctional Services Staff and allow the WR Program Manager to have additional time and resources to work on implementation of future options to serve the offender population. ASD’s Proposed 2019 Budget included Salary Projections for the ASD Director based off the temporarily reassigned Behavioral Health Director’s salary. This employee’s permanent reassignment to the new Behavioral Health Department on January 3, 2019 left a personnel budget surplus of $161,277.01. A total of $69,341.99 of these funds have been designated for the reorganizational and promotional changes leaving a surplus of 91,935.02. As the internal promotional process for the newly created Correctional Services Supervisor left a vacancy at the line level, we are requesting an additional 1.0 FTE Correctional Services Specialist I. No additional funding is required to fill this position, as the surplus allows adequate funding. The 1.0 FTE is projected to cost $60,636.28 annually, and if approved by the Board of County Commissioners, a surplus of $31,208.74 will remain.

 

Gary Darling, Julie Rohloff, and Jill Fox, Alternative Sentencing explained to the Board the need for an additional Corrections Services Specialist.

 

M O T I O N

 

Commissioner Johnson moved that the Board of County Commissioners approve an additional 1.0 FTE Correctional Services Specialist I in the Alternative Sentencing Department.

 

Motion carried 3-0.   

 

8.         RANCH IMPEMENTATION PLAN AGREEMENT AMENDMENT #1: Approve amendment to the existing professional services agreement for The Ranch Implementation Plan to provide for solicitation of Public/Private Partnerships and private investment in facility development at the Larimer County Fairgrounds and Events Complex (a.k.a The Ranch).

 

The Ranch masterplan is nearing completion, but to complete the plan, staff needs to conduct additional work not included in the original scope. Research conducted as part of the current Implementation Program development indicates a strong potential for private sector investment to construct a 200+ room full-service hotel on The Ranch complex. The addition of a fullservice hotel on the complex could significantly improve the financial viability of an exposition facility currently proposed for the site. In addition, there appears to be potential interest in private sector equity investment in a proposed amateur sports facility (natatorium and youth ice sheets) Staff would also like to test potential private sector financial support for a future events arena.

 

Public/Private Partnerships could provide substantial benefits for the overall development of The Ranch. Private investments in facilities could allow the County to deliver a larger portfolio of projects than would otherwise be possible with the sales tax revenue alone. Private sector involvement would be necessary to deliver a hotel facility, which would serve as a supporting anchor for new and existing events at The Ranch. Private equity could also address a portion of the County’s challenges with providing necessary capital debt to accelerate the delivery of projects and share certain risk elements with new facilities and programs.

 

The recommended consultant amendment would provide for the full solicitation process to research, attract, evaluate, and potentially procure Public/Private Partnerships for the site. Further details are provided in the attached document, which includes hotel market research and evaluation, RFI and RFP writing, and evaluation of proposals from prospective partners.

 

Advantages: The additional work will allow The Ranch to move forward with the masterplan with identified private financial partners and firm estimates of available financial participation.

 

Disadvantages: Additional expense of $95,000 and a minor delay in final decision making

 

Requested action: Approve amendment to the existing professional services agreement for P18-03 master Plan Consulting Services for The Ranch implementation plan to allow for solicitation of Public/Private Partnerships and private investment in facility development at the Larimer County Fairgrounds and Events Complex.

 

Chris Ashby, Mark Tinklenberg, Fairgrounds and Events and Todd Blomstrom, Public Works Director went over the background of the master plan with the Board. They also spoke about the challenges, including Capitol financing.

 

MOTION

 

Commissioner Kefalas moved that the Board of County Commissioners approve an amendment to the Professional Services Agreement for P18-02 Master Plan Consulting Services for The Ranch implementation Plan to allow for solicitation of public/private partnerships and private investment in facility development at the Larimer County Fairgrounds and Events Complex.

 

Motion carried 3-0

 

9.          COUNTY MANAGER WORKSESSION:  Ms. Hoffman updated the Board on upcoming projects and activities.

 

10.        COMMISSIONER ACTIVITY REPORTS: The Board detailed their attendance at events during the previous week.

 

11.        EXECUTIVE SESSION: The Board went into Executive Session to receive guidance from the County Attorney on the Thornton Pipeline future applications, pursuant to C.R.S. 24-6-402(4)(b) and Ranch Option Agreement, pursuant to C.R.S. 24-6-402(4).

 

M O T I O N

 

Commissioner Johnson moved that the Board of County Commissioners enter Executive Session regarding the Thornton Pipeline future applications, pursuant to C.R.S. 24-6-402(4)(b) and the Ranch Option Agreement pursuant to C.R.S. 24-6-402(4).

 

No decisions are expected.

 

Motion carried 3-0.   

 

With there being no further business, the Board adjourned at 10:45 a.m.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

____________________________________

TOM DONNELLY

BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

ANGELA MYERS

CLERK AND RECORDER

ATTEST:

 

__________________________________________

Deirdre O’Neill, Deputy Clerk