LaPorte Area Community Workshop
April 11, 2002

The LaPorte Area Planning Advisory Committee (LAPAC) and the County Planning Department sponsored a community workshop at Cache la Poudre Elementary in LaPorte on April 11, 2002. The purpose of the workshop was to gather input for LaPorte Area Plan revision project. Specifically, participants were asked to express their vision of the future for the LaPorte Area:

What do you want LaPorte to be like in 20 years? What do you not want it to be like? What do you want to stay the same?

Participants joined into groups to discuss the topics with the most interest to them, choosing from Community Character, Transportation, Parks/Recreation/Trails, Environment, Housing, Commercial Development and Other (What Did We Forget?) After sharing their ideas, each individual was asked to write down the best of what he or she had heard.

LAPAC and County planners will use this input as they develop draft community vision and goal statements. When the drafts are complete, community members will again be asked to review the work. The drafts will be posted on this web site for comments, and another community meeting will be scheduled in the late summer or early fall of 2002.

The following statements are a transcription of the ideas written by the workshop participants.

WORKSHOP MEETING NOTES:

COMMUNITY CHARACTER

  • Keep rural character. Support business only in place - not spread throughout LaPorte.
  • Preserving and enhancing the rural character of LaPorte. Preserve small farms and open space.
  • Good neighbor policy a good idea.
  • Preserve more land for open space even if it's a small parcel.
  • Let's clean up LaPorte - get rid of junk machinery, trash, cars, etc. - take some pride in the appearance of the community.
  • Landscaping/clean up of area along CR 54G, addition of planters, curb & gutter, lighting to enhance area.
  • Do what can to encourage people to clean-up their properties.
  • Encourage community activities.
  • Clean up LaPorte 1. Landscaping. 2. Clean-up.
  • Clean up LaPorte - spruce up our image as a small pleasant community. Maintain rural atmosphere.
  • Incorporation & clean-up. No billboards. Underground electric.
  • In business area - sidewalks - streetlights. LaPorte garden club with County help.
  • Limited landscaping - not lots of curb, gutter, sidewalks etc. Limit the pavement also, Try for a balance.
  • Use cinder paths, etc. instead of curbs, gutters.
  • No guidelines set by Fort Collins or County.
  • Community Hall in the old sense of Grange Halls for Farmers markets, craft fairs.
  • Less pavement along 54G.
  • Community festivals. Community Involvement.
  • We need a place to become a more friendly place such as a festival like WelloRama had for many years. Dances, crafts, games, tractor pull etc.
  • Don't incorporate with Fort Collins. [2 comments]
  • Devise a way that LaPorte does not end up engulfed by Fort Collins.
  • Concerned. Don't want to be swallowed by Fort Collins. For LaPorte Inc.
  • Keep small town flavor.
  • Clean Town up.
  • Responsible development.
  • Pros and cons on incorporations.
  • Good neighbor policy.
  • Incorporation looked into.
  • Cleaned up! Bars cleaned up.
  • More info. on incorporation & what the tax rates would be and how high they would go.
  • More information on incorporation to our community members.
  • Have well-thought out campaign inform & involve residents in hearing/discussing all options for incorporation.
  • Incorporation doesn't seem like the answer for LaPorte.
  • Community Hall.
  • Keep rural (country).
  • Clean up Laporte (curbs, sidewalks, trees, shrubs).
  • Some roads paved or use of magnesium chloride.
  • Less pavement more natural.
  • Corp. protect area against larger (outside city) agencies dictatorship.
  • Maintain the core somewhat urban center with residential blending into more rural on the outskirts (village model one person called it).
  • Want to see big trucks re-routed off 287 by-pass.
  • Taxes - fair & equal.
  • By-pass trucks.
  • Keep business in business area. In this area have it look decent & not junky. Small business spreading into residential areas because it is easier here just makes the entire area look cheap. We want horses, chickens etc.
  • Ag. friendly. Encourage agriculture.
  • Community Hall or even field for activities public.
  • Limit development.
  • Keep traffic down.
  • Explore incorporating LaPorte.
  • Commercial area contained 287 & 54G.
  • Want to see big trucks rerouted off 287 bypass.
  • Need play area for trailer park kids near Verns.
  • Keep agriculture! Keep open spaces. Keep incorporated.

WHAT HAVE WE MISSED / COMMUNITY CHARACTER (combined topics group)

  • Gravel pits - too many?
  • Lets hold more meetings for all ages at CLPE & CLP Junior High to broaden the ownership of the two schools. These schools belong not only to the parents of the kids in the school but also to the middle age, the elderly, grandparents, and all of us.
  • Let's not bring in any more businesses that are health risks/cancer risks, like Holnam Cement Plant and Colorado Lien. Let's support clean businesses like Empire Ribbon Trophy, Brother Mel's, Front Range Community College and CLP Junior High.
  • What will happen to the Holcin property? Landfill? Residential building?
  • Will there be a truck route north of LaPorte area?
  • Disaster plan for area.
  • Will there be a reservoir on North 287 near Ted's Place? Can you address this rumor?
  • Preserve open space. If building is necessary, require a minimum acreage/dwelling - possibly .2 acres within 1 mi. of "Downtown .5 acres outside and other rural areas 2 acres etc.
  • Keep Laporte identiy. Don't let FtC swallow it.
  • No covenants.
  • Reasonable building lots.
  • Create parks with land already owned by the County - do not keep buying more & more land with no money to maintain them.
  • Develop land in lots of 3-5 acres each to allow for horses, 4-H projects, etc. and enhance the rural character. Not cluster housing.
  • Let's keep the "rural" character of LaPorte by zoning more 3-5 acre parcels.
  • Let's keep clean businesses like Empire Ribbon & Trophy and Brother Mel's Barbeque & Vern's.
  • Keep the history - Bellvue, Brink's Farm, Stegner Dairies.
  • Let's use the Stegner Gravel Pits & plan them as part of another Park other than Lion's Park.
  • How will LAP impact schools/school district? Plan for future.
  • Proper reclamation of gravel pits to create open lands without buying more land.
  • Planned Growth.
  • Keep current atmosphere.
  • "Small Town" core area, surrounded by rural area.
  • Let's get a Library - a LaPorte Library!
  • Redefine limits of LaPorte Area. Some residences now included in LaPorte area have Fort Collins addresses.
  • I like the character of community the way it is. Do not want to see a bunch of housing.
  • Keep rural character. No "city" lighting.
  • I don't want to see the plan mandate overly stringent "city" urban development standards that would detract from the rural character of LaPorte and raise costs & prices and drive people out.
  • We don't want LaPorte to look like Harmony Road & College Avenue.
  • We don't want a city atmosphere - no sidewalks, street lights.
  • Retain the rural, western, mountain atmosphere without codes & covenants.
  • [Drawing of "bull's eye" concentric rings centered on Overland Trail & 54G] Center: affordable housing, multiple family apartments, dense housing & clean businesses, schools. 2nd ring: 3-5 acre parcels for homes, cows, donkeys, llamas, buffalo. 3rd ring: 10-35 acre parcels & open space. Outside rings: farms, ranches, Stegner's Dairy, Brink's Farm and Graves Dairy.

HOUSING

  • No commercialized housing.
  • No commercialized housing like Bull Run. No high density housing.
  • No high density.
  • Limit development! Keep traffic down.
  • No large commercial developed housing/apartments/etc.
  • In-fill along 54G. Higher density. Preservation of areas beyond sewer and water lines.
  • Limit housing.
  • Single-family. No commercial housing. Large lots.
  • No postage size lots, mixture of housing - all economics.
  • Responsible development. Not for rich only.
  • Controlled growth with housing. Help maintain quality of schools with proper enrollment. If enrollment declines the schools will lose programs and staff which will affect quality of school programs.
  • I would like to see the cost of housing remain low. LaPorte is not a community for the richies. No development.
  • Keep it rural. [2 statements]
  • Keep rural areas free from development.
  • It is imperative that the rural feeling of LaPorte be preserved and that cost of housing stays reasonable. If a family lives next to a large field that is not developed it should stay that way. The people need to be heard.
  • Explore incorporate Laporte.
  • Commercial Area contained 287 & 54G.
  • How much control does LAPAC have in or over Lar. Cty. Master Plan.
  • What control factor will LAPAC have in governing plans.
  • Encourage "std" choices on building - avoid need to get Eng. approval (better Plan & Zone).
  • Affordable housing.
  • Street lights.
  • Community swimming pool
  • Zoning in est. homes must stay zone free!
  • I don't want to see the plan be so prescriptive and cumbersome and try and identify every "use" For every property because this isn't the way that the world works - we'll end up with a dysfunctional mess like "city plan" that drives up the costs unnecessarily.
  • LAPAC final say on Laporte area, not Planning.
  • To resist the total authority of the counties dictorial attitudes the LaPorte Area must have an organized plan to pull together.
  • Issue of burnt house in Cottonwillow rebuilding - floodplain. What does that say about permits to have addition in the same floodplain.
  • Zoning overlays?
  • Keep zoning as it now.
  • Private property owners rights.
  • Keep development to a minimum. Let's keep it rural.
  • Just do have the freedom of how we want to use, sell etc. . . of our land.

COMMERCIAL DEVELOPMENT

  • Better tracking of small businesses throughout area. I.e. in compliance with scope [?]
  • I like the small town atmosphere - growth is good for all, if it can be managed better than Fort Collins.
  • Proper zoning for more small retail biz.
  • Set areas aside for commercial devel.
  • Keep a feeling of small community without control. Zoning overlays?
  • We need less liberal (i.e. Open zoning) zoning - more definitive well established, understood zones.
  • Will the County please help Burgener trucking move, instead of obstructing his attempts to move.
  • Since tight zoning makes neat towns, let us keep LaPorte a "trashy little town" to discourage builders and developers. [2 dittos]
  • Existing commercial and industrial businesses need to be appropriately zoned finally, a problem that has existing for 30 years when everything was zoned O Open.
  • I'd like to see more commercial enterprises in "downtown" LaPorte - i.e. bank - to make us less dependent on Fort Collins - location is important - not big businesses.
  • Keep felling rural & small. Keep community close No commercial development!
  • Maybe a small branch bank.
  • Where covenants are applicable and ignored - what happens.
  • County needs to let Bergener trucking move out of area with so many families breathing his bad air.
  • Business areas need to be kept out of residential areas.
  • Tax breaks for new small business. Locally owned.
  • No commercial housing like large apartment complexes that are rental units.
  • I like the businesses along 54G near Overland Trail - want locally owned businesses invested in the community, not big corporate stuff.
  • No large corporate retailers!! Small business only.
  • Subdivisions with character.
  • Limit growth and corporate developers.
  • For every parcel of land sold - maintain a portion as open space.
  • Residential development to be unique not "cookie cutter."
  • No Grandfather for commercial.
  • No just small, locally owned businesses, but clean, healthy, non-polluting, non-carcinogenic causing businesses like Bother Mel's Barbeque, Empire Ribbon & Trophy, Vern's, Overland Foods, Hank's Hardware.
  • Encourage small businesses w/ less than 3 employees.
  • Think small: LaPorte area & businesses good size - no large commercial business or housing.
  • Keep LaPorte as it. . . No large scale development.
  • Encourage small business in a commercial corridor. Businesses that are designed to serve LaPorte.

TRANSPORTATION

  • Let's extend the Poudre Bike Trail along the river from Taft to Overland to a large parking area in LaPorte e.g. Overland Foods & Hardware parking lot so we can park there and ride in.
  • Extend bike trail from town.
  • Safe bike route to connect to river trail so I don't have to ride on old 287.
  • I like road through town & bike/sidewalks on sides so children don't ride on the road.
  • Bus to town is good idea. I need to be at work 7:30 at Drake and Timberline. Bus leaves LaPorte too late.
  • Bide trail connecting to Taft trail, but hesitant on continuing bike trail beyond LaPorte.
  • Transfort - more buses will get more use.
  • Let's get more Transfort bus routes e.g. 7AM to 6PM - then I'd use it.
  • Safe bicycle traffic throughout area.
  • Traffic safety - Bingham Hill and Overland Trail.
  • If bike trail goes west of Overland Trail, keep on north side of river and tie into Cache la Poudre school.
  • Do economic feasibility study for bus service.
  • Stop the speeders in Bellvue.
  • Bingham Hill traffic and speed concerns. Consider less traffic, more bicycles, pedestrians. Change to bike-pedestrian trail with no through traffic.
  • Special safety considerations - For kids at Vern's trailer park, get a trail on south side of 54G to CLP with x-ing light.
  • Overland Trail scenic route. Need bike paths. Speed control. No encouragement of more traffic.
  • Very unsafe connection to bypass.
  • Make 54G a deadend at bypass.
  • No more lights, crossings, paths, bus routes.
  • No more lights in LaPorte, i.e. streetlights, pedestrian crossings.
  • No streetlights in Cottonwillow.
  • Street lights.
  • Trailer Park at Vern's - light put up for kids.
  • More safety for kids.
  • Stop light 54G turn on bypass.
  • Need street lights. Safety McConnell Dr. area.
  • Ditch Easements? Need bike trails which are safe.
  • Need play area for trailer park kids near Verns.
  • By Pass & 54G - Dangerous Intersection.
  • More speed enforcement.
  • Bypass dangerous.
  • Spell LaPorte right.
  • More speed patrolling on Overland. Maybe put sheriff's men on road out of the offices.

PARKS/RECREATON/TRAILS

  • LaPorte community pool & Rec. Center.
  • Laporte swim pool.
  • Decent Laporte park.
  • Save trails for horses.
  • Only one disk golf course (i.e. keep what we have.) Lyons Park should not have another course.
  • Community Park - Rec Center - Something for our kids.
  • Consider park, pool, recreation are at Holnam.
  • The LINC Library at CLPE is funded through this summer, then funding dries up. This 10 year effort serves many kids and makes us a better community. Let's plan for library service in LaPorte of the future.
  • Community pool - rec center.
  • Extension of bike trails - safe way to get from LaPorte to Poudre River trails.
  • No more lights, parks sidewalks, swimming pools, bus routes, etc. Keep rural - if you want a city atmosphere - move there. Don't bring it to LaPorte.
  • I think that a bike trail is imperative from the city to Laporte, however I do not want to ride w/ my children along a busy road. We want trees & grass and a safe place far off the road!
  • A library sounds great (amazing) & positive!
  • I think a community park would be a great idea! Safety & community involvement!
  • Recreation facility a) pool b) weight room c) gym d) office space.
  • Recreation program kids/adults a) soccer b) softball c) flag football etc. etc.
  • Bike trail! I would like to see a bike trail connecting Laporte & Fort Collins. I do not vision widening the streets . . . I would like to see a scenic trail - off the road, off any highway. Bikes really need a safe place to ride, and a safe place for pets & children away from vehicles.
  • Create community park i.e. expand Lyon's Park. Look at city property @ corner of Bingham & Overland Tr.
  • Park #1 maybe with pool - located on city property Overland Tr.
  • Rec center w/ supervision.
  • Bike paths - by widening should of roads. Tax bike rides to afford to build it.
  • Trails for pedestrian & bike traffic - composed of cinder or dirt not concrete - easy access around core area & into the out lying area.
  • Trail from the mouth of the Poudre Canyon into Fort Collins along river.
  • Bike trail - Safety - daytime between Lions Park & School.
  • More green space.
  • Community center with bath, recreational opportunities and meeting/celebration facilities.
  • Establish Holcin quarry as an open space in less than 10 years (no landfill).
  • Establish a bike-friendly atmosphere possibly with a cyclists' center (e.g. @ Holsin).
  • Improve flows in river through LaPorte for recreation.
  • Provide recreation opportunities for both seniors and school age children.
  • Keep part of Holnam property as open space, when it closes down. Do not use as a public/private landfill.
  • 9 holes disc golf in Lyons park.
  • Park Development - recreation center - mini EPIC Edora park?
  • Implement Lyons Park as a disc golf course.
  • More programs for youth.
  • More open areas.
  • More water in river.
  • Bike path that doesn't interfere with wildlife.
  • Development of recreation opportunities and trails is important for LaPorte's future.
  • The open valleys are a rich heritage.
  • Pool/membership supported/ Park - skateboard, more tennis.
  • Trails/bike/horse along 54G/Overland Trail to Watson Lake.
  • Holcin mine area after restoration become a conservation easement for open space. For trails and other public use. Never to be developed.
  • Concern for children safety on bike trail near river.
  • Opportunities for all age groups.
  • Trail system connecting to F>C> trail system and possibly to the north of 287.
  • Quarry being used a community open space (w/ given time limit for construction).
  • Community recreation center.
  • Need Park & Rec center. We have paid for very many parks with high tax but we have none.
  • The Bike trail should go down the old railroad bed - as originally planned - preserving the wildlife that still exist along the river.
  • I'd like to see the trails link to FC for commuting as well as for recreation. Keeping the trail away from the river for wildlife concerns might be a good idea.
  • I'd also like to see a community rec center for all ages - the senior center is a good model with track, pool & classes.
  • Work with River Commissioner & city of Fort Collins to keep some flow of water in the Poudre river. Lately all water has been taken out for periods of time killing lots of fish.

ENVIRONMENT

  • Deal with drainage issue in Cottonwillow Subdivision. [x2]
  • Do not allow development to the land west of Cottonwillow Subdivision.
  • Provide safety avenues for wildlife - maintain rural character.
  • Don't go the way of Wellington!! Will affect water, wildlife and air quality.
  • Preserve river wildlife - keep trails from interfering with deer migration - and other wildlife.
  • Keep rural character - we don't want to be Wellington with cloned houses neighborhoods. Like unique character of LaPorte.
  • Think about how DOW deals with deer - wasting disease - how are they going to cull 80% of herd in semi-urban area? Deer seem fat and happy in LaPorte.
  • Wildlife values: retained low density housing - open space - undisturbed nesting areas.
  • Open space - preservation of small acreages and key wildlife areas.
  • Preservation of Poudre river corridor.
  • Regulate development to address floodplain.
  • Hold businesses responsible for air quality.
  • Encourage sustainable agriculture small acreage management.
  • Air quality - industry regulation.
  • Control traffic so as to limit pollution from that source.
  • No grandfather clauses for pollution from industrial sources.
  • Development of open space.
  • Keep housing developments from Fort Collins from moving up and including LaPorte.
  • Keep housing down to control floodplain.
  • Silica plant - control emission at night as well as during the day. (same for cement plant but now not an issue since closing).
  • Responsible use or reclamation of cement plant site.
  • Keep the river pristine as possible by having bike trails not next to river bed.
  • Floodplain - 100 year - 500 year - mining
  • Habitat - save the foxes.
  • Maintain adequate flow in Poudre to maintain fish population, assoc. wildlife - birds, deer.
  • No further development in floodplain directly east of canyon - is groundwater problem/flood problem.
  • Floodplain - no new or replacement of structures in 100 year. Very limited in 500 year.
  • Purchase more land for open space especially 100 year flood plain land & riparian land. Respect the floodplains.
  • I'm concerned about Fort Collins "eyeing" Holnam as a prospective land fill.
  • Holnam plant - if closed will it become a dump? Air & round water pollution concerns.
  • Water level in Poudre - need to maintain minimum flow to sustain fish life - would like to see a public fishing corridor all up and down the Poudre - and a hiking/biking trail.
  • I'm concerned with our wildlife - If you don't want to share your life with them - don't build your house there!
  • Holnam for recreation, park, swimming pool. No Dumps.
  • Preserving the valley floors is vital to our community character.
  • Minimum water level River.
  • Development of riparian areas e.g. steady stream & river flows.
  • Where's the water?
  • River corridor/floodplain: minimum stream flow - character of area - wildlife/open space.
  • Maintain a minimum stream flow in Poudre River.
  • County needs to use open space $ to acquire water rights to keep water in the river. Co-op with the City of Fort Collins.
  • The Watson Lake cliffs should be protected as an archeological site - for the Indian buffalo jumps.
  • Clean air!
  • Wildlife. Coordinate planning to save our wildlife & the Poudre.
  • Air quality on Shilo Dr. because of Bergner Trucking.
  • Air quality - improve it. Reduce particulate emissions from silica plant. Reduce emissions from trucks on bypass.
  • River -- keep it for wildlife to the extent possible. Improve the flow all year round.
  • Don't let Holcin quarry become a landfill.
  • Require 0 degradation in air quality for all commercial operation.
  • Oppose turning the cement plant into a landfill.
  • Preserve open space for wildlife.
  • Excellent air quality. Traffic impact - cement plant - foothills wind shelter - no flushing.
  • Health Issues - air quality - silica plant.
  • Information on what's brewing at silica plant.
  • Silica Plant needs to meet emissions standards as if it was a permanent facility.
  • Low water levels have impacted fish survival.
  • Holnam land should not be used as a landfill.
  • Air quality as it pertains to silica plant.
  • No dump site at Holnam Plant "horrible thought".
  • Bring water in to Poudre River.
  • Increase water flow in Poudre.
  • What about the floodplain - aren't most of the houses adjacent to the river in the floodplain i.e., what is the floodplain?
  • Maintain the River Corridor & other riparian areas - don't allow development in the 100 year floodplain - limit development in the 500 yr floodplain - do not develop any small wetlands that help with water quality.
  • Regulate the development on 100 and 500 year floodplains. 1 house per 5 acres for 100 year floodplain.
  • More water in river.
  • Water diverted from residences along 287 bypass.
  • Force River Commissioner to maintain water flow - river is dead dry today (again).
  • Concern for floodplain & housing!
  • We have good schools now & need to keep it that way!
  • Road through LaPorte needs to be a safe place for our kids and adults as well.

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