1st Equestrian Operation Approved under Transition Plan
Larimer County, Colorado – Larimer County’s first Equestrian Operation was approved this week as part of the County’s Transition Program for Equestrian Operations. Marti’s Horse Farm was approved. This existing equestrian business, located south of Loveland, is owned by Martha Rushton, the property is owned by Steve and Kathleen McMillan, the applicants.
The facility was approved administratively by Planning Director Linda Hoffmann, after notice was mailed to neighbors and the application was reviewed by staff and other local agencies. Neighbors expressed support for continued operation of the facility. The application review was completed in less than a month. The County’s revised horse boarding regulations can be viewed at http://larimer.org/horses/transition.pdf.
Marti’s Horse Farm owner Martha Rushton says the process went well, “We are now County-approved and it was very simple to do so. I gave the Larimer County Planning Department a tour of my Horse Farm and the application process was painless and the folks that came out were very professional and nice.”
The Transition Program is available until September 2011. The program provides an abbreviated process to help existing equestrian operation businesses come in to compliance with the new regulations. According to Larimer County’s Hoffmann, “The County Commissioners crafted the transition program to be logical and uncomplicated. We’re pleased to see how well it worked and anticipate many more successful outcomes with future applications.”
Larimer County’s Planning Department holds an information and application assistance workshop on Friday, February 25, 9am-4:30p. m., in the 3rd floor Lake Estes Conference room at the County Courthouse Offices Bldg., 200 West Oak St., Fort Collins. The workshop is for anyone who would like more information about the regulations or would like assistance in preparing an application. For more information, please contact County Planner Karin Madson, (970) 498-7692, firstname.lastname@example.org.