For the past several decades, the Boulder County Horse Association (BCHA) has spent many hundreds of hours working closely with the Land Use Department to create a set of “horsekeeping regulations” that everyone could live with.
We believe that the existing Land Use Code has been working extremely well, and in fact we have been unable to obtain any information from Staff that it hasn’t. There have been few, if any, complaints from the public – and in a “complaint-driven process” such as Boulder County Land Use, that information in itself is a remarkable indicator of success!
We are also unable at this time to determine whether there are elements of the horsekeeping components that seriously need to be changed.
Therefore, if it isn’t broken, we strongly suggest not trying to fix it. Regulations just for the sake of having regulations is not a good use of anyone’s time or resources. Continue reading
This is the SECOND of two important horsekeeping-related dockets that will be coming before the Board of County Commissioners in early December. Please try to keep the issues separate….. and don’t let your eyes glaze over! We need as many horse people as possible to attend these meetings!
This “Red Alert” pertains to Recommendations on the Boulder County Land Use Code section on Agricultural Zoning.
Public Meeting: Wednesday, December 14, 1:30pm. Planning Commission, Commissioners Hearing Room, Boulder County Courthouse (Pearl Street, Boulder).
The Board of County Commissioners and the Planning Commission will take public testimony on the Boulder County Land Use Code with regard to Agricultural Zoning. Continue reading
2011 BCPOS CROPLAND POLICY
The Boulder County Horse Association (BCHA) has paid close attention to the lengthy discussions pertaining to Boulder County Parks & Open Space’s (BCPOS) Cropland Policy process.
For the most part we support the work of the CPAG (the Cropland Policy Advisory Group), which consisted of three conventional farmers, two organic farmers, an organic dairy farmer, and three members of the public. These dedicated people met and deliberated for nine months, and produced a remarkably balanced document outlining future agricultural policies for BCPOS croplands, including irrigated pasture lands and irrigated hay ground for livestock.
We have now reviewed the final staff recommendations and we appreciate the sincere effort they have made to find common ground. In most cases, we support the CPAG and staff recommendations, but we recommend several modifications as outlined below.
However, the Cropland Policy process and the resulting document have raised several troubling questions about the perceived place of horses in Boulder County. Continue reading
This “Red Alert” pertains to Recommendations on the Boulder County Cropland Policy. Public Meeting: Thursday December 8, Longmont Conference Center, 1850 Industrial Circle, Longmont, 6pm. The Board of County Commissioners will take public testimony. Now is the time to speakContinue reading …