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The Equestrian Commission is scheduled to meet on Monday evening at 6:30 PM.  The commission has not met in nearly a year.  On the agenda are several items, including discussions on Fencing and Horse Boarding Regulations.  However the most interesting item seems to be something called the Illinois State Farm Nuisance Act Presentation.  We researched this topic, and apparently it is legislation that has been promoted by the Horsemen’s Council of Illinois and local Equestrienne Elaine Ramesh.  The legislation has already passed the Illinois Senate and House, and, from what we can tell, it is awaiting the Governor’s signature.

It would add the keeping of horses and horse BOARDING to the current state law which protects existing livestock farms from being lawsuits on the basis of nuisance.  The original law was intended to protect actual agricultural farms from being sued as a nuisance by neighbors because of odors, dust or noise generated by the routine performance of farming chores, but it seems as though the activists in the Horsemen’s Council are using this to bypass local zoning ordinances, such as ours in Barrington Hills.    Horse boarding in our view is NOT agricultural, as there is no agricultural product which is generated. We would strongly urge residents to attend this meeting.

At the time of publication, only the agenda was available here, but no meeting packet materials were posted.  The Trustee Liaison to the Commission is newly elected Trustee Paula Jacobsen.

CORRECTION:  Michelle Maison is still the liaison to the commission.

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From the Horsemen’s Council of Illinois Facebook page

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The Equestrian Commission will be holding their first meeting of the year this evening at 7:00 PM.  A copy of their agenda can be viewed here.

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The Equestrian Commission will be holding their quarterly meeting on Monday, December 7th, at 7:00 PM. Some of the topics to be discussed include:

  • Horizon Farms Update
  • Horse Boarding in Barrington Hills: Where We Stand Today
  • Intergovernmental Equestrian Cooperation

A copy of their full agenda can be viewed here.

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Dark HorseThe Equestrian Commission will meet for the first time in over a year tonight at 7:00 PM at Village Hall.  A copy of their agenda can be viewed here.

The last time the Equestrian Commission met was on Friday, August 1, 2014 in special session.  The purpose of that meeting was to review and comment on two of four commercial horse boarding text amendment proposals to modify our Village code.

The primary focus of that evening was the proposal submitted by the owner of Oakwood Farms, LLC, Barry LeCompte, and another submitted by the Riding Club of Barrington Hills.

The ePacket agenda for tonight’s meeting includes minutes for approval from that August 2014 meeting.  These minutes reveal a number of text change and deletion recommendations from the original proposed ordinance for the Zoning Board of Appeals to consider, and, in fact, stated, “To clarify, the redline version below is what we recommend the Village adopt.”

The most important deletion recommended to the Oakwood proposal was striking the effective retroactivity of the proposed code to June 26, 2006, which coincided with the Village Board at that time putting all horse boarding operations, regardless of scale, under the Home Occupation Ordinance.

We find no record of the Equestrian Commission’s recommendation to the Zoning Board (or to the Board of Trustees) in any meeting agendas or packets.  Nor is there any mention of them in published audio recordings, so we must ask what happened to this commission’s considered and unanimously approved change recommendations?  Why have they not seen sunshine until now, over a year later?

Furthermore, why didn’t certain members of the Equestrian Commission at that time who were present during subsequent Zoning Board public meetings speak up when their recommendations to the ZBA were not recognized and considered?  Some may consider this a rhetorical question, but it nonetheless needs to be answered.

The ePacket agenda for tonight’s commission meeting can be viewed and downloaded here.

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The Village has posted a copy of the agenda for this evening’s Equestrian Commission meeting which begins at 7:00 PM at Village Hall.  Topics to be discussed include:

  • [Discussion] Septic Flow Rates – Barns & Stables
  • Horse Density /Livestock Information

It’s unfortunate that an ePacket agenda for the meeting is not available for review.  We would have appreciated a glance, particularly the draft minutes from their special meeting on August 1st when the Commissioners voted unanimously to recommend the retroactivity clause be removed from the LeCompte Commercial Horse Boarding Amendment.

One Commissioner can be heard in the recordings from that meeting stating that keeping the clause would be like “trying to rewrite history.”  Another Commissioner concurred stating “I think it’s totally inappropriate.”  The recording of their respective comments can be heard here.

Their vote to remove that clause was never discussed in subsequent Zoning Board meetings despite the fact that members of the Equestrian Commission were in attendance and chose not to speak.  Nor did Trustee Karen Selman, liaison to the Equestrian Commission, ever bring their recommendation up in any Village Board meeting prior to approval of the LeCompte/Anderson Amendment.

A copy of this evening’s full Equestrian Commission agenda can be viewed here.

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Sometime after the Village and The Observer originally published the agenda for the special Equestrian Commission meeting taking place tomorrow evening, two new items were added to the agenda:

  • [Recommend] Zoning Text Amendment – LeCompte
  • [Recommend] Zoning Text Amendments – Elders

A meeting ePacket agenda has now been published including documents to be discussed at the meeting.  A copy of those documents can be downloaded here.

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The Equestrian Commission will be holding a special meeting Friday evening beginning at 7:00 PM.  A copy of their agenda can be downloaded here, or viewed on the Village calendar here.

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