FORT COLLINS, Colorado -- Larimer County planning commissioners approved new land use regulations for horse facilities in a unanimous vote Wednesday night, passing the issue on to county planning commissioners for a final vote May 24 at a 6:30 p.m. hearing.
If approved by county commissioners, the new regulations would take effect August 2, and require horse operations to apply to the county for approval or operate illegally.
Levels of required approval -- and expense -- would vary based on a stable's size. What the county plans to do for existing stables, which never knew the rules existed, and for which rules were never enforced unless there was a complaint, remains unknown, but solutions ranging from fee reductions to total amnesty have been mentioned. (May update: County staff have proposed a 50-percent discount on fees of $300/boarded horse; $150/lesson client; $300 public site plan review. This represents a fraction of potential upgrade costs to existing stables.)
Planning commissioners also urged county staff to increase the number of boarded horses allowed on properties of 35 acres or more. (May update: County staff have recommended properties of 175 acres or more being allowed to board 12 horses as a use by right.)
If the new regulations are implemented, horse boarding stables will be allowed fewer livestock per acre than any other rural property use in the county.
May 24, 6:30 p.m. hearing location: Larimer County Courthouse Offices Building, 200 W Oak Street, Fort Collins, 1st Floor, Hearing Room.
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