LARIMER COUNTY ENVIRONMENTAL AND SCIENCE ADVISORY BOARD (ESAB)

 MEETING MINUTES

July 12, 2016

 

 

Members In Attendance:

 

Guests:

Jane Abels

 

Terry Gilbert, Community Development Dir.

Richard Alper

 

Honore Depew, City of Fort Collins

Michael Jones

 

Stephen Gillette, Solid Waste Department

Kimberly Karish

 

 

Evelyn King

 

Staff :

David Lehman

 

Doug Ryan

Ryan McShane

 

 

Martin Nelson

 

 

 

Introduction of Members and Guests:

Those in attendance introduced themselves.

 

Discussion Items:

Larimer County Comprehensive Plan.   Terry Gilbert led a discussion with the Advisory Board about the scheduled update to the Larimer County Comprehensive Plan.  He provided a written schedule, the Request for Proposal for Phase I, and a map showing the planning areas for Phase I and II of the project.

 

The Comprehensive Plan is envisioned as a master document covering a series of plans that have land-based elements.  It includes the formal Land Use Master Plan as well as resiliency planning, special area plans, watershed coalition plans and other plans that may be identified as part of the process.  Phase I covers the mountainous portion of the County, and Phase II covers the more urbanized plains area.  The first phase is being funded through Community Development Block Grant Resiliency Funding and will concentrate on the type of issues associated with recent flooding and wildfires.  The Larimer County Planning Commission has the statutory authority to adopt the Comprehensive Plan. 

 

COL Gilbert indicated that the consulting firm selected to lead the project will be expected to conduct an extensive outreach program for scoping and plan development, and that the Environmental and Science Advisory Board will be one of the groups included for contact by the consultant.  The members in attendance indicated their interest in participating in the process.

 

Solid Waste Planning.  Honore Depew and Stephen Gillette, Regional Wasteshed Planning Coalition Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) members, provided an update on the status of the wasteshed planning process.  It is anticipated the Larimer County Landfill will reach capacity around the year 2025, and that planning for future solid waste management options needs to identify the preferred future management options well ahead of that time.  The coalition includes the cities of Fort Collins and Loveland, the Town of Estes Park, and the county.  Mr. Depew used a PowerPoint presentation to illustrate information about the composition of waste coming to the landfill, the public engagement process being employed, and the timeline for the planning process.  The Coalition includes of a Technical Advisory Committee comprised of staff, and a Policy Advising Committee that includes elected officials. 

 

The project participants are coordinating on research or studies to help guide future decisions.  That includes the Regional Wasteshed Report currently being completed by R3 Consultants for the North Front Range Metropolitan Planning Organization schedule to be releases before the end of July.  That report is intended to identify current and potential future solid waste management options, and will be shared with the ESAB. 

 

Mr. Gillette announced that a full-day conference on Zero Waste will be held in Fort Collins on July 25, and that the Solid Waste Department is willing to sponsor one ESAB member for the $125 registration fee.  Doug Ryan will coordinate with the ESAB solid waste committee on selection of an attendee.

 

The ESAB has identified the wasteshed planning process as an important issue for consultation with the Commissioners and will continue to follow this process closely.

 

Approval of May Minutes:

Minutes from the May 10, 2016 meeting were approved as corrected. 

 

Acknowledgement of Retiring Members:

ESAB member Ryan McShane has served on the advisory board since August of 2009.  Mr. McShane is retiring from the board in order to fully pursue new job commitments.  Chair Michael Jones presented a certificate of appreciation for the very valuable service and participation that Ryan has provided to Larimer County. 

 

Updates:  

Evelyn King noted that air quality monitoring in the region for the current summer season has exceeded the ozone air quality standard.  She was informed that the exceedance occurred at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) monitor in Golden.  This is part of the Denver Metro/North Front Range ozone nonattainment area.  Doug Ryan is scheduled to provide a full update on the status of the area’s ozone levels in September. 

 

Kimberly Karish proved a brief update at the meeting on climate change issues that were discussed at the May ESAB meeting.  This was a follow-up to an email she sent to members on July 11 with more detailed information including web links on the County’s Hazard Mitigation Plan, the ClimateWise program administered by the City of Fort Collins,  and the topic of wildfire risk evaluation.

 

David Lehman volunteered to help coordinate the ESAB review of hydraulic fracking issues.  He is especially interested in the health aspects.  It was noted that Jeff Collette from Colorado State University is wrapping up research about air emissions associated with regional oil and gas operations.  Doug Ryan has been working with his counterpart with the City of Fort Collins Air Quality Board to hopefully schedule a joint meeting featuring Dr. Collette this fall to learn about the results. 

 

ESAB Issue Index:

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

 

Future Meeting Agendas:

August:  Fort Collins Recycling Center, wasteshed planning

September:  Zoonosis, ozone air quality

 

Adjourn:

The meeting ended at 8:05 PM