Goal 1: Larimer County works collaboratively to ensure adequate public infrastructure is available to support the needs of our growing community.

  • OBJECTIVE 1 | REGIONAL TRANSPORTATION: By the end of 2019, a regional transportation task force will establish a prioritized list of regional transportation projects with corresponding cost estimates. The task force, led by Larimer County, will evaluate alternative funding options, and based on community polling, recommend a specific strategy for generating additional locally derived funding for regional transportation projects over the next 20 years. By the end of 2021, establish the funding mechanism and begin the implementation of the highest priority projects.
     
  • OBJECTIVE 2 | SOLID WASTE: By the end of 2023, Tier 1 improvements identified within the Solid Waste Infrastructure Master Plan will be constructed and placed into operation to establish core municipal solid waste disposal infrastructure over the next 30 years and achieve a minimum landfill diversion rate of 40 percent within Larimer County by 2025.
     
  • OBJECTIVE 3 | RURAL INFRASTRUCTURE: By the end of 2020, Larimer County will develop a comprehensive rural infrastructure strategy that defines the County’s role, funding level, and targeted activities to 1) address the growing demand for street reconstruction and maintenance within every County subdivision; 2) expand broadband services within unincorporated areas; and 3) improve long-term planning for water supply and wastewater treatment infrastructure in unincorporated areas.
     
  • OBJECTIVE 4 | WATERSHED MANAGEMENT: By the end of 2020, Larimer County will complete a regional watershed management collaboration effort to 1) improve mitigation efforts for flood-related hazards; 2) promote water sharing strategies to preserve agriculture and sustain water supplies; and 3) establish management and funding solutions to improve NRCS Dams B2, B3, and B4 based on the high-risk dam classification established by the State of Colorado.

 

February 2021

No progress was made on this goal since the October 2020 Quarterly Update to the BCC. Moving forward, efforts will resume on this goal beginning with either the Technical Advisory Committee or the Regional Transportation Taskforce revisiting specific regional transportation needs and funding approaches. 

October 2020 Update Objective 1- There has been no progress on this objective as efforts were suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Larimer County will resume efforts in the future.


July 2020

A meeting of elected officials, technical staff and other interested community leaders and stakeholders was hosted by Larimer County March 12, 2020. From the meeting it was decided that further consideration needs to be given to transit funding, list of regionally significant projects, the amount and duration of a funding request, and how any future funding would be structured and governed. There was interest in continued quarterly meetings of Regional Task Force.


December 2019

Due to voters did not pass Larimer County Ballot Issue 1A, a regional transportation tax, plans to improve transit and road capacity in the area have reshaped Goal 1, Objective 1. Analysis of the next steps in regional transportation will be decided in the future.

 

February 2021

The Central Transfer Station project was to be completed by 2022, so the project is being re-evaluated by the new Solid Waste Director. The new County Landfill is expected to be done by October 1, 2023 and is currently in the permitting stage. A Construction and Demolition Waste project was considered; however, it is on-hold while work is done to identify markets for product. Another project that was consider was a Yard (2021) and Food Waste Composting (SWPC) center, but this project is also on-hold due to a funding shortfall.


October 2020

Financial and permitting delays have occurred since the last update. Work is continuing on the Transfer Station and the New Landfill; however, the Composting facility is delayed.


July 2020

Work is progressing on this objective currently. There may be project delays due to additional information becoming available as design is refined, alternative site selections or with site specific challenges.


December 2019

The Solid Waste Master Plan is moving forward, with the establishment of a new Solid Waste Policy Council composed of area agencies that are part of the plan. Highlights of the plan are establishing a new landfill for the next 30 years with a central transfer station, construction, and demolition disposal processing, and yard waste management, all slated to divert landfill waste from being buried by 40%. Enriching the plan is the Town of Wellington joining the Wasteshed group; the first meeting of the group was held in September 2019.

February 2021

There are no updates currently regarding the broadband portion of this objective though Mark Pfaffinger, Chief Information Officer, has been assigned to lead this effort. There are also no updates for the water supply and waste-water portion of this objective; Matt Lafferty in the Engineering department has been assigned to lead this effort.


October 2020

The efforts around broadband are continuing and the County conducted a speed test to gather data about where broadband speeds are lacking for community members. Limited work has been completed regarding street reconstruction and maintenance, long-term water supply and wastewater treatment. This objective was given to a new lead in the Engineering department. 


July 2020

The Broadband initiative met with BoCC in February to get direction on forward efforts and more progress is expected to be made. The Water and Wastewater team met with both water and wastewater community partners and workshopped some solutions. A meeting was planned for March but had to be rescheduled. The rural roads team was set to meet in March to discuss the progress that has been made on the action items discussed from the last meeting in November but had to reschedule this meeting. The Goal Steward will identify two leads within her division to support these teams. 

December 2019

Larimer County attorneys, Road and Bridge Department, and Engineering are exploring methods to standardize road maintenance in subdivisions. How other counties in our state approach road maintenance is also being researched. Within this objective is the work on rural broadband, and a report from this team will come later.
Water and wastewater management seeks to plan long-term water and wastewater management in unincorporated areas. Workshops are planned with regional partners at the end of January 2020 to identify Larimer County’s role in that effort.

February 2021

Larimer County has worked to identify areas of flood risk in Larimer County through these efforts: compile Library of existing Master Plans, considering needs for future Master Plans and reviewing regulatory Floodplains (FEMA & Local). The team created a list of all identified capital improvements needed and will prioritize these then work on updating cost estimates and identifying potential sources of funding. The Objective Team has participated in at least five regional collaborations as an active partner to achieve identified outcomes that match the mission of Larimer County and the Natural Resources Department. Discussions are underway with two local water providers to implement water sharing agreements, and two agriculture to municipal sharing agreements are in place. For the portion of the objective related to the B-Dams, the next steps will be: an IGA between the involved entities, implementing a real-time monitoring system and Emergency Action Plan (EAP), and completing final reporting to the State Engineers Office (SEO), NRCS, and the Colorado Division of Water Resources (DWR).


October 2020

Cost allocation options have been developed by SEH regarding long-term operational and maintenance costs for the B-dams; agencies are beginning to develop a framework for an IGA.  Agencies are preparing budget offers to pay for a “flood warning” system.


July 2020 

  • Floodplain/Stormwater- Devin Traff has reached out to all surrounding communities and obtained an updated library of drainage master plans; has started meeting with communities to get their priorities on stormwater projects and how that coincides with County’s list; next steps: updating list of projects, updating costs, prioritizing projects, and identifying funding. 
  • Boxelder B-dams. The State has run their risk-based models and identified these dams as a Category 3 risk, but with a low probability of occurrence. The consultant will be developing alternative solutions with this new determination. At this point the cost for mitigation will be much less than originally anticipated. A work session to present this information to the board will be coordinated once the final recommendations are received.
  • Water-Sharing- Daylan Figgs is leading this effort and is exploring the use of Agriculture Transfer Mechanisms (ATM) and other water sharing mechanisms (fallo farming, deficit irrigation, rotational irrigation etc.) He is working with other leaders on the South Platte Basin Roundtable members and more specifically with Fort Collins Utilities and Fort Collins Natural Areas to explore the conservation of agriculture lands and water thru a water sharing agreement.

December 2019

Funding strategies are needed to stabilize NRCS dams or “B” dams that control flooding. Many of the dams are older and in need of reinforcement while promoting water-sharing strategies and sustaining water supplies.

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