LARIMER COUNTY RURAL LAND USE ADVISORY BOARD

MEETING MINUTES

Monday, August 11, 2014

Larimer County Courthouse Lake Estes Conference Room (Suite 333)

 

Rural Land Use Board:

 

Present:

Staff:

Alan Carlson

Brenda Gimeson

Bill Spencer

Pam Stringer

Kara Lamb

 

Kristin Grazier

 

Ryan Hostetler

 

 

 

Absent:

Debra Herston

 

 

AGENDA TOPICS:

 

The meeting was called to order at 5:02 p.m.

 

1.†† Approval of the June 2, 2014 minutes. †Chair Grazier requested to table approval of the June 2, 2014 minutes until she had more time to review them.† No formal vote was taken.

 

2.†† Election of Officers

 

Vice-Chair Herston made a motion to re-elect Kristin Grazier as Chair, Member Carlson seconded the motion.†

 

Alan Carlson

Yes

Bill Spencer

Yes

Debra Herston

Yes

Kara Lamb

Yes

Kristin Grazier

Yes

Ryan Hostetler

Absent

 

All were in favor

 

Member Carlson made a motion to re-elect Debra Hertson as Vice Chair, Secretary Lamb seconded the motion.

 

Alan Carlson

Yes

Bill Spencer

Yes

Debra Herston

Yes

Kara Lamb

Yes

Kristin Grazier

Yes

Ryan Hostetler

Absent

 

All were in favor

 

Member Carlson made a motion to re-elected Kara Lamb as Secretary, seconded by Member Spencer.

Alan Carlson

Yes

Bill Spencer

Yes

Debra Herston

Yes

Kara Lamb

Yes

Kristin Grazier

Yes

Ryan Hostetler

Absent

 

All were in favor

 

3.†† Posting of meetings in compliance with open meetings law:

Secretary Lamb made a motion that the Rural Land Use Advisory Board designate the official place for posting the RLUAB agendas to be the public bulletin board on the 1st floor of the Larimer County Offices building at 200 West Oak Street, Fort Collins, Colorado and listed on the County Commissioners schedule agenda in accordance with the requirements of the Colorado Open Meetings laws (CRS 24-6-402).† Member Spencer seconded.† Motion carried unanimously.

 

4.†† Wild Preliminary RLUP Time Extension Recommendation- Action Item

Brenda gave an overview and the history for the Wild Rural Land Plan time extension request.† †The applicant is requesting authorization to extend an existing preliminary approval for twenty (20) years.† Brenda informed the board that the only thing they will be acting on tonight is the time extension request and will not be reviewing the project as a new land use plan.†

 

Preliminary approval was granted by the Board of County Commissioners on December 6, 2004.† An extension was granted by the Board of County Commissioners in August 2009 for 5 years and is set to expire on August 31, 2014.† The project is located west of the City of Loveland, adjacent to the Devilís Backbone, ĺ of a mile north of Highway 34, and north of Hidden Valley Estates Rural Land Use Plans. †The applicant has indicated the intended uses of the land have not changed and remain as approved, but she is not yet ready to develop the lots due to economic conditions.†

 

The preliminary approval allows 177 +/- acres to be divided into ten (10) single-family residential lots on about 45 acres.† The bulk of the property, about 130.5 acres, will be protected from further development in perpetuity by either a covenant or conservation easement, as required by the RLUP.† The property consists of two non-contiguous parcels of land referred to as the Development Parcel and the Non-Development Parcel. The applicant received approval to transfer two units from the non-development parcel (a non contiguous 35-acre parcel) to the development parcel.† The 35 acre parcel was created by the Linda Wild Minor Land Division in 2004.† The applicant is considering modifying the configuration of the 35-acre parcel to settle an estate and Brenda stated she is concerned that as time goes on, there could be confusion to future staff about those units being transferred if it doesnít look exactly as it was approved.† She is proposing a condition of approval that will help protect the landowner and the County in the future by clearing up what is allowed and under what circumstances.†

 

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During the review process for the extension, several referral agencies were notified.† None had any particular objections to the extension.† However, the ditch company and the Fire District provided requests for updated conditions.† Because this is not a review of the Rural Land Plan, no updated conditions are being recommended regarding their requests.†

 

The Community was also notified of the proposal.† Some area residents are concerned about preserving the integrity of area over time, particularly regarding architectural controls and road maintenance.† However, there is no known opposition to the request.

 

Staff is recommending approval of the extension but only for a period of 5-years.† If a 20-year extension is granted, the preliminary approval would be in place for nearly 30-years.† Because development patterns, standards, and processes will likely change over time and with the concerns of the community and the requests for additional requirements at this time, staff believes those concerns justify placing limits on the extension.†

 

Member Carlson made a Motion to discuss the conditions of approval.† Member Spencer Seconded Motion.

 

DISCUSSION:

 

Chair Grazier questioned what the ditch company was requesting.† Brenda stated the ditch company is requesting additional agreements regarding their ditches.† The Land Use Code specifically addresses what is required for ditches.† It would be up to the landowner to work with the ditch company regarding the agreements.

 

Secretary Lamb questioned what would happen if approval of the extension is not granted.† Brenda stated that the applicantís project would expire and they would need to submit for a new project with a new review period and a new request for approval or split the land into 35-acre parcels.

 

MOTION:

 

Member Spencer made the motion to limit the extension to five years with one additional condition regarding unit transfer clarification and the conditions of the previous approved plan to remain in place.† Member Carlson seconded the motion.

 

Member Carlson stated that 20 years is unreasonable and that an outsider would not think that to be a reasonable time extension.† There was also discussion that economic conditions should not be the deciding factor in determining a time frame.†††

 

Roll Call Vote:

 

Alan Carlson

Yes

Bill Spencer

Yes

Debra Herston

Yes

Kara Lamb

Yes

Kristin Grazier

Yes

Ryan Hostetler

Absent

Motion carried unanimously.

 

5.†† Project Update:† Brenda stated that Silver Reef II RLUP is ready to be scheduled and will need a quorum.† It was determined that August 18, 2014 meeting would not work. †Brenda will e-mail the board members with other dates.

 

6.†††† Other Business: Brenda informed the board that she would like to take the request to change the number of members on the board to Planning Commission, Wednesday, September 10th and is requesting Chair Grazier attend.† No objections made.

 

Vice Chair Herston moved to adjourn.† Secretary Lamb seconded

 

Meeting adjourned at 5:49 p.m.

 

 

††††† _______________________ ††††††††††††††††††††____________________________†† ††††† Chair-Kristin Grazier† ††††† ††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Secretary- Kara Lamb