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FORT COLLINS, Colorado -- Existing stables could have special incentives to come into compliance with new rules on the table in Larimer County, including:
  • possibly lower fees determined by county commissioners 
  • a guarantee of a lower-level, "public site plan review"
  • an approval option including 25-percent growth
  • a guaranteed hearing date no more than six weeks out

"I think every business currently in operation right now should be grandfathered in, no questions," said county comissioner Tom Donnelly.
Planning commissioner Roger Morgan argued that all stables should be held to typical business standards, regardless of whether they pre-existed.
"Once you take a property and you go into a business, then you have to ascribe to a higher level," said Morgan.
It remained unclear what would happen to existing stables that fall into so-called growth-management-areas (GMA's). These are typically properties on city/county boundaries which, based on an earlier agreement between the county and cities, fall into a mutual "watch list" for tougher rules.
Historically, Larimer County turned a blind eye toward horse stables. Based on about 25 complaints, primarily against non-business horse property owners over three years, the county 18 months ago launched the Horse Facilities Study, aimed at regulating equine operations.

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(Karin Livingston is the author of the young adult horse novel, Winning Bet, available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble online, IndieBound.org stores, and to librarians and retailers through the Ingram Book Group.)

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