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FORT COLLINS, Colorado -- In the last go-round, it looked like farmsteads, value-added agriculture and home businesses might be added to proposed rules for horse boarding stables in Larimer County. In many cases, the rules could force businesses to undergo costly reviews, close their doors, or continue illegally.

Whatever comes of the process underway now will change rural property land use forever. Early information via county websites and e-mail has been as rare as the proverbial hen's tooth.

Another meeting to hash out review standards and a "transition" program for existing stables is planned for Monday, March 22, 6 p.m., in the Larimer County Courthouse Offices Building, Carter and Boyd Lake Conference Rooms, 200 West Oak Street. The public may attend, but is not usually allowed to comment.

Stay tuned as we follow this important issue. (Previous coverage)

If you would like to get involved, other important meeting dates at which the public will be allowed to actively participate include:

April 6 - Public informational meeting on revised recommended code amendments, Larimer County Courthouse Offices Building, 1st Floor, Hearing Room, 6 p.m.

April 28 - Planning Commission Hearing and recommendation on revised recommended code amendments, Larimer County Courthouse Offices Building, 1st Floor, Hearing Room, 6:30 p.m.
 
May 2010 - Board of County Commissioners Hearing and decision on revised recommended code amendments (specific date yet to be determined).

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