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LARIMER COUNTY RURAL LAND USE ADVISORY BOARD

MEETING MINUTES

Monday, February 6, 2012

5:00 p.m.

Larimer County Courthouse Lake Estes Conference Room (Suite 333)

 

Rural Land Use Advisory Board:

Planning Division Staff:

Present:

Brenda Gimeson

Suzanne Bassinger

Linda Hoffmann

Kristin Grazier

Pam Stringer

Debra Herston

 

Lauren Light

Mike Lynch

 

Vicki Marble

County Commissioner:

William Prewitt

Lew Gaiter

Bill Sears

 

Bill Spencer

 

 

 

Absent:

 

none

 

 

AGENDA TOPICS:

 

  1. Approval of the September 19, 2011, RLUAB Minutes

September minutes not adopted due to requested correction on page 4.

 

  1. Posting of meetings in compliance with open meetings law:

 

Member Sears made a motion that the Rural Land Use Advisory Board designated 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).  Seconded by Bill Spencer.  All were in favor.

 

3.   Discussion of Fire Protection requirements in Rural Land Plans

 

Chair Grazier opened the discussion explaining the purpose of the meeting—to come to agreement on fire protection in Rural Land Plans.  An audience response system was used as a way to review the background information provided to the Board prior to the meeting.  There was discussion about the different requirements for fire protection between the fire districts, other development projects within the County and Rural Land Plans.  Much discussion ensued about what should or should not be required by Rural Land Plans.  Some brainstorming was done to list issues the Board thought might be considered as part of fire protection.  Some of those ideas were as follows:  Water supply (public vs well or other source), costs of systems, precedent, insurance costs, location of fire station and response time, locations of fire hydrants, amount of available water pressure, water capacity of fire trucks, the use of Section 8.1.4 of the Land Use code, being silent, the location of development (such as in a wildfire hazard area), the flexibility of the community.  No agreement could be reached on what should be considered.  Another exercise was initiated to generate ideas about what some of the values and impediments may be for fire protection.  That resulted in the following:  Values—saving lives and property, community safety, support of local fire districts and being consistent with the fire district, Insurance, and reducing current restrictions on land utilization.  Impediments—Costs, second guessing fire district, taking away individual responsibility to care for the problem with the fire district, property rights and reducing freedoms, being less attractive to do an RLUP, water system capacity & location.  No agreement could be reached.

 

Ultimately, Member Spencer made a motion to keep the process the same as it has been.  Member Herston suggested staff be given more direction on what should be supplied to the RLUAB regarding fire issues, prior to a recommendation.  Information requested to be included was fire districts requests and requirements and whether or not the fire district has an adopted fire code.  Member Sears seconded the motion.

 

Roll Call Vote:

 

Suzanne Bassinger

Yes

Kristin Grazier

Yes

Debra Herston

Yes

Lauren Light

Yes

Mike Lynch

Yes

Vicki Marbel

Yes

William Prewitt

Yes

Bill Sears

Yes

Bill Spencer

Yes

 

3.   Update on Other Projects

 

Brenda notified the board that Three Bell Ranch and Demmel Lake Estates were both approved by the Board of County Commissioners last year. 

 

     

            _______________________                                              _____________________________                                     Chair-Kristin Grazier                                                         Secretary- William Prewitt

 

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