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HOW WILL I KNOW IF A PROJECT IS PROPOSED NEAR ME?
This webpage provides information about development review proposals at all stages of the process. Property owners within at least an 800-foot radius (or a greater distance in accordance with the standards outlined in the Land Use Code) of the boundaries of the parcel are notified via US Postal Service of any neighborhood meetings and hearings for development review proposals. Additionally, a notice is placed in The Coloradoan and a sign is posted on the property when a formal application has been submitted, or earlier, if a neighborhood meeting is planned.

This Week in Development Review - July 27-31

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INFORMATION ON DEVELOPMENT PROPOSALS

More information on current development proposals is available online than ever before. Check out the searchable and sortable table of development proposals under review to find information on formally submitted proposals. In response to a recent request, the table of proposals now includes the property owner's name with a link to more information as well as the applicant information. You may also search for a proposal by the sign number on a "Development Proposal Under Review" sign, by a keyword search including any part of the project name, street name or number, and more.

CONCEPTUAL REVIEWS & PRELIMINARY DESIGN REVIEWS

Conceptual or preliminary design reviews are the first step in the review process, where applicants can determine the feasibility of a possible project. Some projects will move forward into the formal development review process; others will not. Conceptual plans and staff comment letters for all conceptual reviews are available at fcgov.com/ConceptualReview, under the "Agendas and Proposal Info" heading. Conceptual reviews and preliminary design reviews completed in July will be listed here during the first two weeks of August.

NEIGHBORHOOD MEETINGS

Neighborhood meetings provide an opportunity for developers to provide preliminary information to neighbors regarding proposed projects before they are formally submitted for review. Neighbors then have the opportunity to provide feedback and/or ask the developer questions about the project as proposed. One neighborhood meeting is scheduled at this time:

  • Mountain West Landscapes and Home Site, 6805 S. College Ave.
    Meeting: Thursday, July 30, 7:00 - 8:30 p.m., Southgate Church, 6541 S. College Ave.
    This is a proposal redevelopment of this 7.2-acre property for a home-based landscape business, preserving the existing house, and creating a new 3-acre lot (west of the ditch) for a new house. Because a home-based landscape business shop and yard is not listed as a permitted use in the Low Density Mixed-Use Neighborhood zone district, the proposal would require an Addition of Permitted Use (APU) as well as a Project Development Plan (PDP).

SHARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON:

--DOWNTOWN FORT COLLINS

What is your vision for the future of downtown Fort Collins? Complete the online survey now to share your ideas and to be entered for a chance to win a $25 Downtown Gift Card.

The Downtown Plan was originally adopted by City Council in 1989, and played a major role in shaping the downtown you see today. The original plan focused on revitalization and reinvestment in the downtown area. This update will focus on how to manage the success of the downtown area for the next 10-20 years. Please visit fcgov.com/downtown for more information on the plan.

Questions? Please contact Cameron Gloss, Planning Manager, at 970-224-6174 or

---THE OLD TOWN NEIGHBORHOODS

The Old Town Neighborhoods Plan is a combined update of the East Side and West Side Neighborhoods Plans and will help establish a vision for the future.  More information is available on Old Town Neighborhoods Plan webpage at fcgov.com/otnp. Upcoming opportunities to participate include:

  • Online Visioning Survey
    Please help us by sharing your vision for the future of the Old Town Neighborhoods. Take part in online surveys addressing: The online surveys and more information also may be accessed from the Old Town Neighborhoods Plan webpage at fcgov.com/otnp.
  • Old Town Neighborhoods Photo Contest
    Share your favorite things about living, working, or traveling in the Old Town Neighborhoods. Submit a photo with a brief description on Instagram or Twitter using the hashtag #oldtownfavorites for your chance to win a Downtown Fort Collins gift card! Don’t use Instagram or Twitter? Send your photos to and we’ll upload them for you. The photo contest runs through August 3.

---THE WEST ELIZABETH CORRIDOR

Join us for an evening of conversation and activities to help establish a vision for the future of the West Elizabeth Corridor. Drop by anytime - build your own cross-section and get inspired by examples from around the world.

  • Visioning Open House: Wednesday, August 5, 6-8 p.m.
    St. Paul's Episcopal Church
    1208 W. Elizabeth St.

Can't attend the open house? Look for an online survey at fcgov.com/westelizabeth - coming soon!

---VACATION OR SHORT-TERM RENTALS

Vacation rentals or Short Term-Rentals are rentals that are typically listed on-line through sites such as Vacation Rental by Owner (VRBO) and Airbnb. Some rentals are whole house rentals and some are rooms in an owner-occupied house.

The City is interested in your thoughts on the operation and possible regulation of short term rentals. Please take this brief survey and encourage others to do the same.

Questions? Please contact Ginny Sawyer at or 970-224-6094.

RECENT APPLICATIONS

This section typically includes Project Development Plans (PDPs), Overall Development Plans (ODPs), Major Amendments (MJAs), and proposals for annexations, re-zonings, and additions of permitted uses. Recent submittals include:

  • Alpine Dental Health Project Development Plan, 718-726 S. College Ave. (first submittal)
    This is a request to construct a three-story, mixed use building. The proposal calls for the demolition of existing structures. The new building would include office use on the second level and six residential units on the third level. The main level would include tuck-under parking with a small lobby. The site is located in the (C-C) Community Commercial zone district.
  • Centerpoint Plaza Project Development Plan, 2133 Midpoint Dr. (first submittal)
    This is a request for re-application for an expired Project Development Plan to construct a mixed-use building which will include both office and retail space on 2.07 acre site. The building is proposed to be two-stories with a mezzanine level and will consist of office and retail uses. Additional street right-of-way has previously been dedicated  to allow for road improvements on Timberline Road. The site is in the (E) Employment zone district.
  • Buckingham Place, located in the 100 block of 3rd Street, on the east side of 3rd Street (re-submittal)
    This is a request for a combined Project Development Plan/Final Development Plan to plat a currently unplatted .29 acre site into two single family detached lots. The site is zoned RL - Low Density Residential.

Final Development Plans (FDPs) are typically submitted following approval of Project Development Plans or Major Amendments at public hearings, and are reviewed by staff for consistency with the approved plans. No final plan applications were received in the past week.

Information regarding all current proposals, including Minor Amendments (MAs), is available in an interactive table of Development Proposals Under Review, or by calling the Development Review Center at 970-221-6750.

ADMINISTRATIVE/TYPE 1 HEARINGS

Administrative/Type 1 hearings are public hearings conducted by a hearing officer. The hearing officer considers your input an important part of the development review process. Written comments are also welcome, and may be submitted in advance to the project planner, or at the hearing. Written decisions are provided by the hearing officer within two weeks of these hearings. No administrative hearings are scheduled at this time.

PLANNING AND ZONING BOARD/TYPE 2 HEARINGS

Next Regular Meeting - Thursday, August 13
At 6 p.m., the Board will conduct its regular meeting in Council Chambers at 300 W. Laporte Ave.

Next Work Session - Friday, August 7
From noon to 5 p.m., the Board will hold a work session in Conference Room A at 300 W. Laporte Ave.

The agenda and hearing packets for work sessions and regular meetings are available online approximately a week before the meetings or by contacting the Development Review Center at 970-221-6750.

CITY COUNCIL

Tuesday, July 28 - Adjourned Meeting and Work Session
At 6 p.m., in Council Chambers and in the CIC Room at 300 Laporte Ave., City Council will conduct an adjourned meeting and a work session.

  • At the adjourned meeting, Council will make findings of fact and conclusions regarding the appeals of the change of use building permit for fraternity use at 201 E. Elizabeth St.
  • At the work session, Council will review the City's Broadband Strategic Plan update, and will review draft comments on the Supplemental Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the Northern Integrated Supply Project in preparation for adoption of comments by resolution that will be submitted to the Army Corps of Engineers on September 1.

BUILDING REVIEW BOARD (BRB)

Thursday, July 30 - Cancelled
The Building Review Board is charged with the responsibility to hear appeals and requests for variances related to City building codes and contractor licensing regulations. The BRB typically meets on the last Thursday of each month at 1:00 p.m. in Council Chambers at 300 Laporte Avenue. Agendas and past meeting minutes are available at fcgov.com/BRB. This month's meeting has been cancelled due to lack of agenda items.

LANDMARK PRESERVATION COMMISSION & HISTORIC PRESERVATION

Next Hearing - Wednesday, August 12
At 5:30 p.m., in Council Chambers at 300 Laporte Ave., the Landmark Preservation Commission (LPC) will conduct a regular meeting.

Alteration/Demolition Review and Appeals
Whenever a permit or development approval is sought for a building or structure 50 years old or older, the property is reviewed under  Section 14-72 of the Municipal Code. Properties under review/appeal are listed at fcgov.com/historicpreservation/review.php.

More information about historic review and specific projects under review is available at fcgov.com/HistoricReview. For additional information, contact Karen McWilliams () or Josh Weinberg () or call 970-221-6206. Agendas and past minutes are available at fcgov.com/LPC.

ZONING BOARD OF APPEALS

Next Meeting - Thursday, August 13
The Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) has the authority to approve variances from the requirements in the Land Use Code. It meets on the second Thursday of each month at 8:30 a.m. in Council Chambers (300 Laporte Avenue). Agendas and past meeting minutes are available at fcgov.com/ZoningAppeals.

RECENT DECISIONS/HEARING OUTCOMES

City Council Decisions

  • 210 E. Elizabeth St. Appeal
    City Council conducted appeal hearings of a recent decision by the Zoning Board of Appeals regarding a proposal for fraternity use at 201 E. Elizabeth St. Council modified the decision of the Zoning Board of Appeals, allowing the use fraternity use at the site, but placing a condition that the building be equipped with a sprinkler system in compliance with current building codes.
  • Moratorium on Addition of Permitted Use (APU) Applications
    Council approved, on second reading, an ordinance imposing a moratorium on development review applications requesting use of the APU portion of the Land Use Code for 90 days (from July 31 to October 20).
  • Changes to Addition of Permitted Use Process In Eight Zone Districts
    Council postponed the second reading of amendments to the Land Use Code to require City Council review of Addition of Permitted Use (APU) applications in eight residential zone districts. Second reading is now scheduled for September 1.
  • Changes to the Land Use Code with Regard to City Development Projects
    Council approved, on second reading, changes to the Land Use Code regarding the review process for development projects proposed by the City. This change will require review of City projects by the Planning and Zoning Board, and will eliminate formal appeals to the City Council, while allowing a Council override of a Planning and Zoning Board decision.

Administrative/Type 1 Hearing Decisions

  • River Modern, 900 E. Stuart
    Hearing date: June 25; decision date: July 10
    Approved, with conditions, a proposal to develop 30 residential units in 15 duplex buildings, and to convert an existing single-family house into a child care center. Two modifications were approved: (1) to reduce the required setback from 15 feet to 9 feet, and (2) to include an attached sidewalk in place of the required detached sidewalk on a private drive along child care center.
    The Type 1 hearing decision approving River Modern has been appealed. The appeal will be heard by City Council; the date is to be determined.
  • Parking at 620 S. Lemay Ave.
    Hearing date: July 16; decision pending
    This is a combined major amendment and final plan request to expand the parking lot for the existing Concentra Building. The lot will provide 36 new off-street parking spaces on an additional 1.05 acres.
  • Hill Pond Residences, 910 Hill Pond Rd.
    Hearing date: July 16; decision pending
    This is an amendment to previously approved plans, adding individual lot lines for each dwelling within the development. The approved site plan layout, building design and landscape design are not affected by the added interior lot lines.
  • 626 S. Whitcomb Four-Plex
    Hearing date: July 16; decision pending
    This is a proposal to add two additional dwelling units to the rear of an existing duplex. The building is 1.5 stories; 5 rear parking spaces are proposed to be added. Two modifications are requested: one to reduce the multifamily buffer yard distance, and one to reduce the parking drive-aisle width.

INFORMATION ON THE REVIEW PROCESS

Have you checked out the City's Citizen's Role in Development Review flowchart and guide? We hope this guide will aid you in making the process easier to understand and enable you to participate. Questions? Please contact Sarah Burnett, Neighborhood Development Review Liaison, at 970-224-6076 or

MORE INFO & FEEDBACK

For more information about development review, please visit fcgov.com/DevelopmentReview or call 970-221-6750. For previous issues of this e-newsletter, view the newsletter archive.

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