LARIMER COUNTY RURAL LAND USE ADVISORY BOARD

MEETING MINUTES

Monday, April 18, 2016

Larimer County Courthouse Lake Estes Conference Room (Suite 333)

 

Rural Land Use Board:

 

Present:

Staff:

Debra Herston – by phone

Randy Mergler

Brenda Gimeson

Pam Stringer

Kristin Grazier

Terry Gilbert

Ryan Hostetler

 

Joe Wise

 

Alan Carlson

 

AGENDA TOPICS:

 

Chair Grazier called the meeting to order at 5:07 p.m.

 

1.   Approval of March 2, 2016 and March 28, 2016 minutes.  Member Wise made a motion to approve the March 2, 2016 minutes.  Seconded by Member Hostetler.  All were in favor. Member Mergler made a motion to approve the March 28, 2016 minutes.  Seconded by Member Hostetler.  All were in favor. 

 

2.  Hidden Valley Estates RLUP Amended Development Agreement RLUP – Action Item

Brenda gave an overview of the Hidden Valley Estates RLUP request for amended development agreements, which included a slide presentation and history of the projects.  The Hidden Valley Estates projects are located next to the Devils’ Backbone Open Space.  Hidden Valley II and III have one combined active Home Owners Association (HOA).  The request includes amendments to both the Hidden Valley Estates II and Hidden Valley Estates III Development Agreements.   Each Development contained, within a residual/common lot, the ability to place a 5000 sq. ft. horse barn within a building envelope & attached corral of 10,000 sq. ft. for boarding & stabling of horses for the HOA members.  These agreements state that when they elect to place a barn on one of the lots, the allowance on the other lot is extinguished and the other becomes undeveloped open space.  Hidden Valley Estates III residual lots were labeled as Common Lots, and in retrospect, should have been referenced as Residual Lots.  Common Area Lots are generally for lots to be used in common where residual lots are those considered to be residual land.  Common Area Lot B is really a lot to be used in common by the HOA.  Many of the lots in these developments have been sold and developed. 

 

The HOA has now selected Common Lot B in Hidden Valley Estates III for the location of the Horse Barn.  Additionally, they would like to add additional recreational uses that are currently prohibited in the Development Agreement such as... tennis courts, swimming pools, etc.  Since the area picked is generally considered a common area lot and not a residual lot, this amendment will allow the desired uses.  The applicants have stated that any of these uses would be placed inside the 5000 sq. ft. building, so they are not increasing any visual impacts of the area.  This amendment will clean up the language in the Development Agreements so the HOA has the ability to place the Horse Barn on Common Lot B, add more land to the Conservation Easement and make the Development Agreement and Conservation Easement more consistent with each other.

 

Staff recommendation is to approve the request to allow Common Lot B to be removed from the Residual Land restrictions, modify the Common Area Lot allowed uses, and modify the language in the Development Agreement to make it consistent with Conservation Easement and add additional land to the Conservation Easement.

 

Member Wise asked to who the Conservation Easement is held by?  Brenda stated Colorado Open Lands hold the Conservation Easement and they are in agreement with this proposal.

 

Chair Grazier asked why the recreation uses were excluded originally?  Brenda stated they did not want any outdoor recreation actives visible from the Blue Sky Trail and to protect the wildlife in the area.  Chair Grazier then asked if the County Attorney has reviewed this proposal?  Brenda stated they have approved the concept but there is some work to do yet on the exact language of the Conservation Easement modification. But are in agreement with the changes to the development agreement language and concept.

 

MOTION:

 

Member Mergler made the motion to approve the Hidden Valley Estates amended development agreements as outlined above.  Member Hostetler seconded the motion.

 

Roll Call Vote:

 

Alan Carlson

Yes

Debra Herston

Yes

Joe Wise

Yes

Kristin Grazier

Yes

Randy Mergler

Yes

Ryan Hostetler

Yes

 

All were in favor

 

3.    Project update:  Brenda informed the board that Mile High Estates has withdrawn their RLUP request and will be submitting a Conservation Development request instead.  This will allow them to reserve some of their rights if they are ever annexed into the city limits, which they would not be able to do if they moved forward with the RLUP. Brenda also stated Silver Reef RLUP received approval by the Board of County Commissioners without any issues.

 

4.   Other:  Brenda reminded the board that the BCC work session for discussion about Residual Lots and building envelopes is scheduled for May 16, 2016, 1:30-2:30 in the Commissioners Conference Room on the 2nd Floor.  She will send an email with details and will work with Kristin and Joe on a memo that will be sent to the Commissioners before the meeting

 

Meeting adjourned at 5:45 p.m. 

 

           __________________________                  ___________________________________                      Chair Kristin Grazier                                         Vice-Chair Debra Herston