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FORT COLLINS, Colorado -- Existing stables that voluntarily comply with new land use rules may receive incentives, including reduced fees, assessment points and extended application time frames.

The working group in charge of solving the horse facility problem also struck lesson horses from the list of items that "cost" a property owner, leaving property size, stable visits, and number of horses to determine a stable's review level.

Of course, there are still meetings down the road, and none of this is cast in stone. County planning staff and one planning commissioner, Roger Morgan, participated in Monday night's meeting, along with working group members.

Morgan said enforceability is an issue he and other commissioners have seen repeatedly.

"How do you protect the existing neighborhood, and at the same time allow people to use their property to make some money?" said Morgan. "How do you enforce it?

"Enforcement is not a science," said county planner Russ Legg. "It’s an art. What you’re really looking for is somebody that’s really an egregious user of the system. We’re gonna be there when you let your manure pile get too big or the smell’s too bad."

Some working group members lobbied for special expansion consideration for the few stables that went through the expensive special review process. Morgan questioned whether any "special interest" groups should get exceptions to standard approval processes because exceptions cost the taxpayers money.

A public meeting is scheduled for April 6 in the Larimer County Courthouse hearing room, and a joint work session of commissioners, staff and working group members is planned for March 31.

Check out how you would fall into the latest formula (MSExcel 2003): Horse Property Land Use Calcs 03_22_10 My Hoofprints.xlsx (10.6K)
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