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Saturday, August 23, 2014

Town Briefs: BERT Seeks Incentives, Town Funds for Event

Becky Justice-Hemmann of the Berthoud Economic Resource Team has asked the Town to consider funding a Business Appreciation Breakfast planned for May 2. While making the request for approximately $1,200 at the April 21 Board of Trustees meeting, she said the event is intended to support existing businesses.
 
Trustee Jeff Hindman suggested BERT also seek funding from the Berthoud Area Chamber of Commerce and the Berthoud Economic Advisory Committee.

Speaking in behalf of BERT business attraction subcommittee, Jim Birdsall requested the Town consider a list of deliverables, which had been presented for consideration. The extensive list includes an economic incentives package, a drainage master plan for the Town and a formalized fast-track review for commercial developers.

Town Administrator Jim White said the list had been given to Town departmental directors for review and input. The trustees are planning to discuss the incentives requests at a future meeting.

Rural Land Use Plan PresentedLinda Hoffman, director of Larimer County’s Rural Land Use Center, presented information about the services the agency offers.

Through the program, rural property owners in the county with at least 70 acres can both develop and preserve their lands by dedicating two-thirds of it to agriculture and open space, she explained. Those who participate in the Rural Land Use program need to agree to preserve the undeveloped portion of their property for 40 years.

This land use process does not change the zoning of lands or affect property owners’ rights to develop 35-acre tracts without a land use review, Hoffman explained. The mission of the program is to raise awareness of the importance of rural lands and help protect them at minimal costs to property owners. “We are losing agriculture at an alarming rate,” she remarked.

Hoffman also said her agency is working on issues related to horse business facilities, which can be a problem for neighboring property owners in the county.

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