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DC-20-0002: Accessory Meat or Poultry Processing

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Land Use Code Docket DC-20-0002: Accessory Meat or Poultry Processing

Cattle grazing at Verhey Open Space

Docket DC-20-0002: Accessory Meat or Poultry Processing became effective on November 10, 2020

View Resolution 2020-94 approving Docket DC-20-0002: Accessory Meat or Poultry Processing, effective November 10, 2020.

Past Public Meetings and Hearings

Board of County Commissioners Public Hearing, Nov. 10. 2020

On Nov. 10. 2020, the Board of County Commissioners held a public hearing on development of Land Use Code language that allows small agricultural operations to slaughter, process, and dispose of animals grown on-site. Staff provided a summary of new proposed Land Use Code Text Amendment changes that underwent the referral process along with virtual public engagement for the Accessory Meat and Poultry Processing Update. Public testimony was taken. After the staff presentation, public testimony, and discussion and deliberation by the Board, Docket DC-20-0002 Accessory Meat or Poultry Processing was approved by a vote of 3-0.
Action Requested: Decision
Staff Planner: Alberto De Los Rios
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Planning Commission Public Hearing, Oct. 21, 2020

On Oct. 21, 2020, the Planning Commission held a public hearing on Development of Land Use Code language that allows small agricultural operations to slaughter, process, and dispose of animals grown on-site. Staff provided a summary of new proposed Land Use Code Text Amendment changes that underwent the referral process along with virtual public engagement for the Accessory Meat and Poultry Processing Update.
Action Requested: Recommendation to BOCC
Staff Planner: Alberto De Los Rios

Virtual Meeting With a Planner Sessions, September 2020

The public was invited to provide input on the the proposed changes, which are planned to help the local farming community, continue previous efforts to pursue changes to agriculture-related language, and support the County Commissioner’s and the Boulder County Comprehensive Plan priorities. Community members could sign-up to meet virtually with a planner in a for a one-on-one or small group session to learn more about the proposed changes.


Background

Boulder County Land Use Code Docket DC-20-0002 Accessory Meat or Poultry Processing came to fruition after engaging with the agricultural community across the county and identifying the need to allows farmers to process animal products in a small-scale fashion. Through an accessory use classification, agricultural operations can have the capacity to slaughter, dress, and process animals grown on-site, which currently require processing in larger meat processing or slaughtering facilities, often outside of Boulder County. The land use text amendment would provide farmers an additional venue for participating in the local economy, bolstering the local food system, and overall contributing to more sustainable agricultural practices.

View the DC-20-0002 proposed draft Land Use Code Amendments to Accessory Meat or Poultry Processing, August 24, 2020.

On August 11, 2020, the Board of County Commissioners authorized staff to pursue text amendments to the Boulder County Land Use Code regarding accessory meat and poultry processing uses.

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