LARIMER COUNTY ENVIRONMENTAL AND SCIENCE ADVISORY BOARD (ESAB)

 MEETING MINUTES

 September 11, 2018

 

 

Members in Attendance:

Richard Alper

Daniel Beveridge

Richard Conant

Jim Gerek

Michael Jones

Evelyn King

David Lehman

Allyson Little

Kirk Longstein

George Rinker

Matt Tobler

Katrina Winborn-Miller

Guests

Carl Langner

Commissioner

Steve Johnson – not in attendance

 

Staff

Shelley Bayard de Volo, Environmental Coordinator, Engineering

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Meeting Start:  Call to order 6:04 PM

 

Amendments or Additions to the Agenda:

Richard explained changes to the Agenda – August minutes will be approved at the October meeting.  During the Discussion, Shelley will provide an explanation of the County Strategic Plan and how it differs from the Comprehensive Plan; Changes to the tentative upcoming meeting agendas.

 

Introduction of Members and Guests:

One guest was in attendance, Carl Langner, who introduced himself.  The Board members introduced themselves.

 

Citizen Comments:

None.

 

Discussion Items:

Phase-2 Comprehensive Plan – Foundations Chapter Comments

Richard provided some background on how the Foundations Chapter comments were developed primarily by Rich Conant, and Kirk Longstein.  He asked the Board members to review the summary in detail, go through some example comments and then vote on whether the summary and comments are acceptable to pass onto Matt Lafferty, Planning Department.

 

Rich Conant then explained the three primary types of comments which included (1) inconsistencies and confusing organization, (2) omissions of citations that are referenced, (3) disagreements with some of the document’s statements.

 

Richard asked for a motion to approve the summary and comments, Evelyn moved, and Daniel seconded.  The motion was approved by acclamation.

 

Comparison of Strategic Plan and Comprehensive Plan

Shelley provided some background on the Strategic Plan and showed the County’s website where the Plan is presented.  The last Plan was developed for 2013-2018, and the website shows how the goals of that Plan were accomplished.  The County is now developing its 2018-2023 Plan. Shelley explained the 5-step process – of which the County just finished the first step of collecting data and gathering information.  David represented the ESAB in this step by participating in last month’s Leadership Summit, which gave all of the County’s Advisory Boards the opportunity to provide input.

 

Shelley then compared the 5-year Strategic Plan to the 20-year Comprehensive Plan (time frame is undefined).  She showed a table that compares the two plans, including web links for reference.  

 

Northern Integrated Supply Project (NISP) Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) comments

Richard noted that Commissioner Johnson had asked the Board to briefly review the FEIS and pay special attention to items that were new and/or significant as compared to the DEIS and SDEIS.  He also pointed out that although the Board’s recommendations may not get passed onto the Corps of Engineers, the Board is likely review Northern’s 1041 permit application for the NISP and having knowledge of the FEIS should help in that process.

 

Michael then explained that the review focused on the same topics that were covered when the Board reviewed the DEIS - Impacts to Water Quality, Impacts to Surface Water, Impacts to Aquatic Habitat.  He then presented the draft Comments Memo and the Board members worked minor edits.  Richard asked for a motion to approve the memo as amended.  Jim moved, and Michael seconded the motion.  The NISP FEIS Comments Memo was approved by acclamation and will be submitted to Commissioner Johnson for consideration.

 

 

Approval of Minutes:

The August minutes were deferred until an edited version can be reviewed by the Board prior to the meeting.

 

Updates:  Topics of discussion were:

·  Shelley informed the Board of an upcoming panel discussion coordinated by CSU: “The Heat Over Water: Will Glade Reservoir Bring Us Closer to Water Security or Be an Example of Ecosystem Degradation?”.  Board members may attend individually if they are interested.

 

ESAB Issue Index:

No changes 

 

Next Meeting Draft Agenda:

The next meeting will be held October 9th.  Discussion items on the draft agenda include discussing the Phase-2 Comprehensive Plan Visioning Chapter.

 

Adjourn: The meeting ended at 8:55 PM

 


 

County Code, Ordinances, Policies & Resolutions

Environmental Responsibility –

https://www.larimer.org/policies/civilrights.pdf

 

Planning Documents

Larimer County has many different plans, which can be obtained from:

https://www.larimer.org/planning/documents

 Master Plans

 Land Use Code

 Specific Area Plans

 

Office of Emergency Management

https://www.larimer.org/emergency

The Department has many plans that can be obtained from their website

Natural Resources

https://www.larimer.org/naturalresources/plans-reports-advisory-boards

The Department has many plans that can be obtained from their website

Guiding Principles

https://www.larimer.org/about-larimer-county/guiding-principles

Strategic Plan

Comprehensive Plan

5-year outlook

20-year outlook

Action Plan

Policy document

A planning document that informs the County of the goals and targets they need to work towards over the next 5 years.  Some of those goals might include things like updating the Comprehensive Plan, which was the case in the 2013-2018 Strategic Plan.

 

 

The Comprehensive Plan is a policy document that establishes a long-range framework for decision-making.  It is built on inclusive community outreach and existing plans with guiding principles, policies, and solutions tailored to different areas in the county. 

 

The process is divided into two phases in order to assess and plan for very different areas of the County: 1) Mountain Resilience Planning Area and 2) Eastern Plains Planning Area.

PREVIOUS PLANS

2013-2018 Strategic Plan

https://www.larimer.org/about-larimer-county/2013-2018-strategic-plan

1997- Master Plan

The Strategic Plan shows how Larimer County adds value to the lives of its citizens. It is a vision for the next 5 years and is used to drive work plans that achieve our goals.

 

The strategic plan (this document) was developed by reviewing data about the county: indicators of how well our departments are achieving their current goals, any issues occurring in our community that affect our ability to deliver services, Elected Office and citizen input. A vision and high-level goals were developed by the Board of County Commissioners to describe “what” Larimer County (as a community and as an organization) looks like in 5 years. The vision and goals are the basis for creating a strategic plan: “how” Larimer County organization will achieve these goals. The objectives in the Strategic Plan are the foundation for creating tactical work plans to manage what needs to happen in order for the objectives to be fulfilled.

A policy document that establishes a long-range framework for decision making for the unincorporated area of the County.  It includes criteria for development decisions, decisions on public services and capital facilities and on environmental resource protection through its guiding Principles and Implementing Strategies.

 

Living Document – Implementation is monitored, and the Plan is reviewed periodically and amended as necessary to reflect changed conditions and current values.

 

 

 

Goals

Chapters/sections

1.   Safety and Well Being

1.   Growth Management

2.   Economic Development

2.   Land Use

3.   Emergency Management

3.   Public Facilities and Service

4.   Transportation

4.   Transportation

5.   Collaborate

5.   Environmental Resources

6.   Operations

6.   Implementation

7.   Customer Service

 

PUBLIC OUTREACH

 

2013 Citizen Survey

 

 

 

 

 

CURRENT PLANS IN DEVELOPMENT

 

Phase-1 Mountain Resilience Planning Area

2018-2023 Strategic Plan

Phase-2 Front Range Planning Area

 

·  Articulate common themes that bind the County together.

·  Create an opportunity for unincorporated communities and areas to establish a vision.

·  Set the structure and capability to prepare subarea plans in the future.

·  Offer resiliency policies and best practices while supporting diversity of communities throughout the County.

·  Be an evolving document that provides initiatives and planning tools.

 

Guiding Principals

 

1.   Community

 

2.   Economy

 

3.   Health & Social

 

4.   Housing

 

5.   Infrastructure

 

6.   Watersheds & Natural Resources

PUBLIC OUTREACH

Citizen Survey

https://www.larimer.org/spotlights/2018/06/27/2018-larimer-county-citizen-survey-results-released

 

2018-23 Strategic Plan Community Leadership Summit

Public outreach through open houses, stakeholder groups

 

 

 

 

 


 

1997 Master Plan 

The current  1997 Larimer County Master Plan   is a policy document that establishes a long-range framework for decision making for the unincorporated areas of the County. It includes criteria for development decisions, decisions on public services and capital facilities and decisions on environmental resources protection through its Guiding Principles and Implementing Strategies. 

Larimer County is currently going through the process of updating the 1997 Master Plan through the Mountain Resilience Plan and 2018 Comprehensive Plan. 

 

 

2018 Citizen Survey

This important survey includes questions about satisfaction with County services, as well as your views on taxes, growth, County government transparency, new facilities/programs as well as community needs and sources for information.   The results help with the development of the 2018-2023 five-year strategic plan, the budget, and other important services Larimer County provides citizens.

 

The 2018 Larimer County Citizen Survey Results Report is now available. The Center for Research and Public Policy [CRPP] conducted the survey among Larimer County residents, May 21 through June 8, 2018, with over 3,600 residents participating. The Board of Larimer County Commissioners were impressed with the survey results. Highlights include:

 A large number of respondents, [81.6 percent], had contact with at least one Larimer County employee over the past year. Impressively, 88.2 percent suggested they were very satisfied [65.7 percent] or somewhat satisfied [22.5 percent] with the experience.   Also, 96.4 percent of all Larimer County respondents reported their quality of life as very good [45.5 percent] or good [50.9 percent].

“I’m very impressed with this survey report. The results are very meaningful, and will be very useful,” said Larimer County Commissioner Steve Johnson.

CRPP was commissioned by Larimer County to conduct a county-wide survey of residents to collect input including satisfaction, views, and needs across several aspects of the community.

To view the 2018 Larimer County Citizen Survey Results Report, click here:  https://www.larimer.org/2018survey