FORT COLLINS, Colorado – Working group members bristled at Larimer County staff Monday night over new “teeth” in proposed stable zoning rules, which could also affect other rural zoning.
Among scenarios debated:
- Not-for-pay events, like 4-H rides, triggering county review of the landowner, even if their property is not a stable.
- Labeling as “equestrian events”, any event where fees or services, like painting the arena or jumps, are exchanged for riding privileges. (In the new rules, equestrian events trigger county review.)
- Tracking down all non-compliant equestrian operations and potential equestrian operations, and if they have not applied for county review within six months, start code-enforcement proceedings against them.
- Removing “use-by-right” for people that board just a few horses.
- Removing a 50-percent fee discount that had been proposed in a “transition program” for existing stables.
- Requiring land stewardship/resource management plans for all stables, and possibly for horse properties in general. (The county would provide templates and guidelines.)
- Requiring construction of paved roads to stable parking areas.
- Requiring documentation of client numbers or vehicle trips.
- Adding “growth management areas” to the mix, which could make it harder for a horse operation to get approval.
- And defining what, exactly, is a “horse”? A riding horse? A retired horse? A boarded horse? A lesson horse? A pony? A full-sized horse? A mini-horse? A donkey?
“If this is what we’re going to adopt, then let’s just throw the whole thing out and just take Boulder’s