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Thursday Current Agenda

Board of County Commissioners (“BOCC”) Meeting
Thursday, February 05, 2015 9:00 AM
Centennial Hall Auditorium
200 S. Cascade Avenue, Colorado Springs, Colorado


Call to Order.

1. Invocation.

2. Pledge of Allegiance.

3. Staff Emergency Items.

4. Changes/Postponements/Notice of Next Meeting.

5. Comments by Elected Officials and Commissioner Liaison Report(s).

6. Public comment on items not scheduled on the agenda and Community Organization Reports.

Land Use Regular Items:
7. GOLDEN WEST WIND ENERGY PROJECT - PERMIT AMENDMENT APPLICATION TO CONDUCT AN ACTIVITY OF STATE INTEREST - (A Quasi-judicial matter before the Board of County Commissioners) - A request by Golden West Power Partners, LLC, a subsidiary of NextEra Energy Resources, LLC, for permit amendment approval to conduct a Designated Activity of State Interest via the Site Selection and Construction of a Major Facility of a Public Utility, otherwise known as the Golden West Wind Energy Project, pursuant to the Guidelines and Regulations for Areas and Activities of State Interest of El Paso County, contained in Appendix B of the El Paso County Land Development Code, also known as the County “1041 Regulations”.  The area where the applicant will conduct the Activity includes multiple existing zoning designations, including the Golden West Wind Energy Project Wind and/or Solar Energy Generation Plan Overlay District (WSE-O), but is predominantly zoned A-35 (Agricultural) and is generally located south of Highway 24, north of Vorenberg Road, east of Soap Weed Road, and west of Ramah Highway and is within: Townships 11 and 12 South, Range 60; Townships 11, 12, and 13, Range 61; Townships 12 and 13 South, Range 62; Township 12 South, Range 63; Townships 12 and 13, Range 64; and Township 13 South, Range 65; all West of the 6th P.M. (the “Project Area”).  The proposed Activity represents an amendment to a previously issued permit under Development Services Department file no. AASI-13-002.  This permit amendment request consists of a 250 MW wind energy generation facility that includes the following: 150 turbine siting envelopes from which no more than 145 turbines will be sited and constructed; a 29-mile long transmission line; a substation; an operations and maintenance facility; meteorological monitoring devices; underground energy collection lines; laydown areas; and temporary concrete batch plants. A portion of the project area is included within the Falcon/Peyton Small Area Master Plan area and another portion is included within the Ellicott Valley Comprehensive Plan area.  (Multiple Schedule Numbers) (AASI-14-005) (Craig Dossey - Project Manager III, Development Services Department)

8. GOLDEN WEST WIND ENERGY PROJECT - WIND AND/OR SOLAR ENERGY GENERATION PLAN - OVERLAY DISTRICT REZONE - (A Quasi-judicial matter before The Board of County Commissioners) - A request by Golden West Power Partners, LLC, a subsidiary of NextEra Energy Resources, LLC, for approval of an overlay rezoning for the Golden West Wind Energy Project pursuant to Section 4.3.5, Wind and/or Solar Energy Generation Plan Overlay District (WSE-O), of the El Paso County Land Development Code.  The approximately 23,000 acre overlay rezoning area includes multiple existing zoning designations, including the previously approved WSE-O overlay zoning for the Golden West project (see DSD File: WSEO-13-001), but is predominantly zoned A-35 (Agricultural) and is generally located south of Highway 24, north of Vorenberg Road, east of Soap Weed Road, and west of Ramah Highway and is within: Townships 11 and 12 South, Range 60; Townships 11, 12, and 13, Range 61; Townships 12 and 13 South, Range 62; Township 12 South, Range 63; Townships 12 and 13, Range 64; and Township 13 South, Range 65; all West of the 6th P.M.  The applicant is proposing to overlay rezone the area from the previously approved WSE-O Plan to a new WSE-O Plan to allow for an approximately 250 MW wind energy generation facility.  The WSE-O rezoning includes: reconfiguration of the approved turbine siting envelopes, increased maximum height of the turbine siting envelopes, rerouting a portion of the approved transmission line siting corridor, and relocation of the approved project substation, operations and maintenance facility, laydown yard, and temporary batch plant siting envelopes.  (Multiple Schedule Numbers) (WSEO-14-002) (Craig Dossey - Project Manager II, Development Services Department)

9. Department and Committee Reports/Non Action Items.

10. Addendum.

11. Executive Session.

Adjourn.


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BOCC meeting agendas, backup materials and meeting results as well as archived agendas and audio recordings are available free of charge on the County's website at http://bcc2.elpasoco.com/bocc/agenda.asp.  Backup materials for agenda items may be publicly viewed in the Reader’s file located in the Office of the BOCC.

Audio recordings of Non-Action Public Meetings (Work Sessions, etc.) are also available free of charge on the County’s website at http://bcc2.elpasoco.com/bocc/agenda.asp.  

The live audio/video may be accessed at http://bcc2.elpasoco.com/Audio/default.asp.

The BOCC may recess for lunch if consideration of agenda items extends beyond the morning session.  A time to reconvene and complete discussion of the scheduled items will be announced.

Audio and audio/video copies of the record may be purchased by contacting the El Paso County Clerk & Recorder’s Office at (719) 520-6430.