LARIMER COUNTY PLANNING COMMISSION
Minutes of October 19, 2016
The Larimer County Planning Commission met in a regular session on Wednesday, October 19, 2016, at 6:30 p.m. in the Hearing Room. Commissioners’ Christman, Couch, Dougherty, Gerrard, Jensen, Miller and Wallace were present. Commissioner Glick presided as Chairman. Commissioner Cox was absent. Also present were Matt Lafferty, Principal Planner, Terry Gilbert, Community Development Director and Jill Wilson, Recording Secretary.
COMMENTS BY THE PUBLIC REGARDING THE COUNTY LAND USE CODE:
COMMENTS BY THE PUBLIC REGARDING OTHER RELEVANT LAND USE MATTERS NOT ON THE AGENDA:
APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES FOR THE SEPTEMBER 21, 2016 MEETING: MOTION by Commissioner Dougherty to approve the minutes, seconded by Commissioner Gerrard. This received unanimous voice approval.
AMENDMENTS TO THE AGENDA:
ITEM #1 FORT COLLINS GROWTH MANAGEMENT AREA OVERLAY ZONE DISTRICT BOUNDARY AMENDMENT #16-CODE0201: Mr. Lafferty provided background information for an amendment to the Growth Management Area Overlay Zone District for the Fort Collins Growth Management Area. This amendment would add and remove areas along the eastern boundary of the existing Growth Management Area.
Lori Kadrich, City of Fort Collins Community Development, had no additional comments.
Nicole Hoem, wondered what effect adding properties into the Growth Management Area would have.
Mr. Lafferty explained that the point of adding the properties was to have the entire Vista Bonita subdivision within the Growth Management Area because only part of it was currently within the boundary.
Ms. Kadrich stated that the City was not interested in annexing any of the properties at the current time. The purpose was just to amend the Growth Management Area boundaries.
Commissioner Jensen asked if the purpose of removing the properties from the City of Fort Collins Growth Management Area was so the Town of Timnath could potentially add them to their GMA boundary.
Ms. Kadrich replied yes but ultimately it was up to the Town of Timnath to decide.
Ann Grant, asked why her property was surrounded by the City of Fort Collins but it could potentially be annexed into Timnath.
Mr. Lafferty stated that there was currently no Growth Management Area agreement between Larimer County and the Town of Timnath.
Ms. Grant remarked that she would not like her property to be removed from the Growth Management Area.
Ms. Kadrich stated that the boundary had already been adopted. She explained that it had been a public process in which they did not receive any opposition.
April Getchius, Town of Timnath Town Manager, stated that an informational meeting had been held.
Commissioner Dougherty asked if there was a benefit to staying within the City of Fort Collins Growth Management Area.
Ms. Kadrich did not see a benefit other than service level and/or being a part of the ‘community’.
Commissioner Gerrard confirmed that if a property was surrounded by city on all sides then the city could force an annex.
Ms. Kadrich replied yes.
Commissioner Gerrard asked why the services available could not dictate where annexation would occur.
Ms. Kadrich stated that the boundary was formed due to potential future development. She suggested that Ms. Grant write a letter to the City of Fort Collins and the Town of Timnath stating her opposition and concern.
There was general agreement of support for the proposal among the Commission.
Commissioner Christman noted concern with the proposal in regards to the properties along Vine, which kept one parcel annexed but took all the surrounding properties out of the Growth Management Area.
Commissioner Gerrard suggested that Ms. Grant look into the different Intergovernmental Agreements to determine which might be more beneficial for the property.
Commissioner Dougherty moved that the Planning Commission adopt the following Resolution:
BE IT RESOLVED that the Planning Commission recommend to the Board of County Commissioners approval of Fort Collins Growth Management Area Overlay Zone District Boundary Amendment, file #16-CODE0201, for the property shown on “Exhibit A” to the minutes.
Commissioner Wallace seconded the Motion.
Commissioners’ Christman, Couch, Dougherty, Gerrard, Jensen, Miller, Wallace and Chairman Glick voted in favor of the Motion.
MOTION PASSED: 8 -0
REPORT FROM STAFF: Mr. Whitley reminded the Commission of their upcoming meetings.
ADJOURNMENT: There being no further business, the hearing adjourned at 7:22 p.m.
These minutes constitute the Resolution of the Larimer County Planning Commission for the recommendations contained herein which are hereby certified to the Larimer County Board of Commissioners.
Scott Glick, Chairman Mina Cox, Secretary