LARIMERCOUNTY ENVIRONMENTAL AND SCIENCE ADVISORY BOARD (ESAB)

 MEETING MINUTES

March 14, 2017

 


 

Members In Attendance:

Jane Abels

Richard Alper

Jim Gerek

Kimberly Karish

Evelyn King

David Lehman

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Guests

Todd Blomstrom, Division Director, Larimer County Public Works

Matt Lafferty, Principal Planner, Larimer County Community Development

Jeremy Call, Logan Simpson Environmental and Planning

 

Staff :

Shelley Bayard de Volo, Engineering

 

 

 


Amendments or Additions to the Agenda:

None

 

Introduction of Members and Guests:

Those in attendance introduced themselves.

 

Citizen Comments:

None

 

Discussion Items:

Wasteshed Phase II Study and Formation of Stakeholder Group – Todd Blomstrom, updated the ESAB on the regional wasteshed planning process using a slide presentation and discussion.  He provided a brief background on the problem and the conceptual phases of the process.  Phase I involved an initial study and report (R3 Report). The point of that study was to provide a foundation and direction for subsequent planning.  He then discussed the Phase II study, which is focused on program development.  He explained the Phase II time line, including the scope of work, the request for proposals (RFP), committee reviews, funding of the study, consultant selection and BOCC authorization. 

The Phase-II study involves nine tasks, of which Task 1 “Project Management and Meetings” includes five stakeholder engagement meetings in which the ESAB wasteshed committee has been invited to participate.Todd then discussed the details of the other Phase II study tasks, and ended his discussion with the announcement that the proposal from HDR, Inc. was selected during the RFP process.

Info on the wasteshed planning can be found at:  http://larimer.org/wasteshed/

 

Larimer County Master Plan and Formation of Stakeholder Group – Matt Lafferty and Jeremy Callpresented background information on Larimer County’s Land Use Code and the current Master Plan, which was adopted in 1997.  At that time there were public concerns regarding private property rights, and the Land Use Code provided the regulatory authority to support the Master Plan.   Following the 2012 High Park Fire and the 2013 floods, a County Strategic Plan was developed and part of that process included updating the Master Plan. The County was awarded Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds to study the Land Use Code from the standpoint of resiliency. 

Matt explained that they are now using the term “Comprehensive Plan” (Comp Plan) because they are looking to create a phased plan that will be built on existing plans.  The Comp Plan will be organized into the Colorado Resiliency Framework’s six sectors – community, economic, heath-social, housing, infrastructure, and watershed-natural resources.  The Comp Plan study is broken into two phases.  Phase I – “Larimer County Mountain Resilience Plan” will focus on the mountain regions, specifically on roads, bridges and drainage infrastructure.  Phase II will address land use on the Front Range. 

Matt explained that the Comp Plan is the “guiding document for the County” and the Land Use Code is the regulatory document.  During the study period, there are plans to visit all communities within Larimer County to evaluate whether a “single-vision” plan makes sense, or if sub-plans would better meet the needs of the region.

Jeremy went over the results from the Comp Plan audit and asked the board about what they thought of the guiding principles, specifically Environmental Resources and Hazards.  There was discussion of climate change, and its consideration in planning and development (e.g. water use, building in high risk areas, air quality, private property rights).  As well, there was discussion of wind/solar as an energy resource and its impacts on viewsheds.  It was noted that the Land Use Code is a living document that can change as needed to address the County’s needs as they arise.  The Comp Plan sets policy for the long-term.

Matt then presented some of the other Foundational County Plans, including the Hazard Mitigation Plan (2016), 2016 Unmet Needs and Community Fragility Study, and the Larimer Community Resiliency Framework (2016).

The Draft plan should be done Fall 2017 and they would like to come back to the ESAB at that time.  There will also be a Boards and Commissions Joint meeting July/August sometime.  Evelyn King has attended the  first Comp Plan Stakeholder meeting.  Info on the Comprehensive Plan, the study and stakeholder group involvement can be found at:  https://www.larimercompplan.com/

 

Approval of Minutes:

December minutes were approved as corrected

January minutes were approved as corrected

 

Roundtable and Updates:

K. Karish’s last meeting is June 2017 – she is in her second term as an ESAB member.  She and the Board strategized on how she should proceed with her final updates on her issue index items – Forest Management and Health (5.01) and Climate Change (19.02).

 

D. Lehman asked about the Dr. Collet’s study of emissions related to regional oil/gas drilling and the study’s result that contamination is relatively localized.  Shelley suggested the Board revisit that issue when the CDPHE has hired a consultant and initiated its health risk assessment.   The Board will look for an update about mid-year.

 

ESAB Issue Index:

Shelley will update the Issue Index related to the topics discussed at the meeting.

 

Next Meeting Agenda:

April 18th, Jerry Gibbens, Northern Water.  Update on NISP mitigation planning.

                                                               

Adjourn:

The meeting ended at  9:00 PM