TO: HONORABLE MAYOR AND MEMBERS OF THE CITY COUNCIL
FROM: DIRECTOR OF PLANNING, BUILDING AND CODE ENFORCEMENT
DATE: NOVEMBER 1, 2005
SUBJECT: EQUESTRIAN COMMITTEE CHARTER
Staff Coordinator: Dave Blumenthal, Associate Planner
The Equestrian Committee recommends that the City Council approve its proposed charter and list of officially assigned duties and responsibilities.
On March 1, 2005, the City Council considered the status and purpose of the Equestrian Committee, which resulted in the Council allowing the Equestrian Committee to continue as a body until March of 2006. At that time, the City Council would reconsider extending the Equestrian Committee for additional time. During the public hearing, the Chair of the Equestrian Committee requested that the Council consider expanding the Equestrian Committee’s charter. Accordingly, the City Council directed staff to place the discussion of the Equestrian Committee’s charter (minutes attached) on a future agenda.
According to Municipal Code Section 17.46.070, "The purpose of the equestrian committee is to advise the director, planning commission and city council on technical matters pertaining to the implementation and enforcement of this chapter, to assist with the resolution of disputes regarding the keeping of large domestic animals, to discourage the boarding of more than four horses and other large domestic animals, and to consider conditional large domestic animal permit applications in accordance with the terms and requirements of this chapter and the procedures described in Section 17.76.115 (Large domestic animal permits) of this title." This code section has functioned as the Equestrian Committee’s charter and has provided the Equestrian Committee with their assigned duties and responsibilities.
On July 14, 2005, during a regularly scheduled meeting, the Equestrian Committee discussed the adoption of a formal charter (minutes attached). At the conclusion of this discussion, the Equestrian Committee agreed that its charter should be as follows:
Additionally, the Equestrian Committee agreed to request that its officially assigned duties and responsibilities be as follows:
Staff believes that the proposed charter and list of assigned duties is consistent with the purpose of the Equestrian Committee, as described in Municipal Code Section 17.46.070. If the City Council agrees with the Equestrian Committee’s proposed charter and assigned duties, the charter and duties will be included in the Equestrian Committee’s Guidelines and the City’s website.
The Equestrian Committee is requesting that the Council adopt the above listed Equestrian Committee charter and official list of assigned duties and responsibilities. If the Council finds the charter and duties appropriate, staff recommends that the Council adopt the new charter and duties, via minute order.
In addition to the Equestrian Committee’s recommendation, the following alternatives are available for the City Council’s consideration:
Joel Rojas, aicp
Director of Planning, Building and Code Enforcement