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HOW WILL I KNOW IF A PROJECT IS PROPOSED NEAR ME?
Property owners of record residing 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 the time, date, and place of the hearing. Additionally, a public 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

This weekly service is provided to keep community members informed about potential development projects and related policy discussions. To receive this information in a weekly email, please sign up using the orange box at the upper right corner of this page.

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 completed in August will be listed in the first two weeks of September.

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. Two neighborhood meetings are planned for the week of August 25-29; one is planned for the following week:

  • Colorado State University (CSU) Classroom Addition, 222 W. Laurel St. - Site Plan Advisory Review (on W. Laurel between Mason & Howes)
    Meeting: Wednesday, August 27, 6:00-7:30 p.m., at 222 W. Laurel St.
    This is a request for a review an addition to the CSU Home Management House. The addition would add a one-story, 1,060 square foot classroom addition to the existing CSU-owned facility which serves graduate level students in the Warner College of Natural Resources. Because CSU is a public entity, the review process for this proposal is a "Site Plan Advisory Review", with the Planning and Zoning Board providing an advisory review regarding the location, character, and extent of the project.
  • Young Peoples Learning Center Expansion, 209 E. Plum St. - Project Development Plan and Addition of Permitted Use (on Plum between Remington and Mathews)
    Meeting: Monday, August 25, 6:00-7:30 p.m., at St. John's Lutheran Church, 305 E. Elizabeth St.
    This is a second neighborhood meeting for a Project Development Plan (PDP) for an 1,800 square foot, second story expansion of the existing building, and for an Addition of Permitted Use (APU) for the addition of medical/office space to the location. This building is located in two zone districts - the Neighborhood Conservation Medium Density (NCM) zone district and the Neighborhood Conservation Buffer (NCB) zone district. Because medical/office use is not a permitted use in the NCM zone district, an Addition of Permitted Use will be required, which requires this second neighborhood meeting as well as a review by the Planning and Zoning Board.
  • Village on Redwood, on the west side of Redwood Street between Conifer Street and Willox Lane
    Meeting: Thursday, September 4, 5:00-7:00 p.m., City of Fort Collins Street Facility, 625 9th St. (southwest corner of Vine and Lemay)
    This is a drop-in open house regarding a proposal for a 72-unit multi-family development in multiple different buildings on a 9.7 acre parcel on the west side of Redwood Street between Conifer and Willox. The development would include a community clubhouse, playground, and garden amenities, and would be a qualified affordable housing development. The zoning for the parcel is Low Density Mixed Use Neighborhood (LMN).

RECENT APPLICATIONS

This section typically includes Project Development Plans (PDPs), Overall Development Plans (ODPs), Major Amendments (MJAs), and proposals for annexations, rezonings, and additions of permitted uses that were submitted in the past week. These projects will be reviewed at public hearings after staff review is completed. The following application was submitted in the past week:

  • Southeast Community Park, northeast corner of Kechter and Timberline - Project Development Plan (new submittal)
    This is a request to develop a new community park on 54 acres at the northeast corner of Kechter Road and Ziegler Road. The proposed plan includes two multipurpose sports fields, two lighted baseball diamonds, trails, restrooms, a community garden, a dog park, lawn areas, shelters, and a BMX bike course. The parcel is located in the Low Density Mixed-Use Neighborhood (LMN) zone district. Following staff review, the proposal will be reviewed in a Type 1 hearing before a hearing officer.

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. No Administrative/Type 1 hearings are scheduled for the week of August 25-29; one is planned for the following week:

  • The Summit on College Parking Garage, located at the southwest corner of Stuart St. and Choice Center Dr.)
    Hearing: Thursday, September 4, 2014, 6 p.m., Conference Rooms A-D, 281 N. College Ave.
    This is a re-hearing of a major amendment to allow construction of a parking garage for the use of residents of the Summit on College student housing complex. The parking garage would be built over an existing parking lot between the existing complex and Creekside Park. One modification was requested which would allow 15-foot drive aisles instead of the required 20-foot drive aisles. This proposal is for a 2.5-story structure with parking on the roof, containing 345 parking spaces (a net gain of 251 spaces over the surface lot). The original proposal for a larger structure was approved following an administrative hearing in March; the decision was appealed to City Council. City Council remanded the decision, which requires another administrative hearing.

PLANNING AND ZONING BOARD/TYPE 2 HEARINGS

Upcoming - Tuesday, September 9 - Work Session

From noon to 5 p.m., the Board will conduct a work session at 281 N. College Ave., Conference Room A.

Upcoming - Thursday, September 11- Regular Meeting

At 6 p.m., the Planning and Zoning Board will conduct a regular meeting in Council Chambers at 300 Laporte Avenue. The Planning and Zoning Board encourages your input; interested persons are encouraged to attend and provide their comments.

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, August 26 - Work Session
At 6 p.m., in the CIC Room at 300 Laporte Ave., City Council will conduct a work session. Items related to development review and planning include updates to Council regarding three planning efforts that are currently underway:

  • 2014 Bicycle Master Plan Update
    The 2014 update of the Bicycle Master Plan will revise the City's proposed bicycle network, wayfinding strategies, bicycle facility design recommendations and guidelines, as well as policy and programming recommendations (including a bike share business plan).
  • Midtown in Motion: College Avenue Transportation Study
    The goals of the Midtown in Motion plan include making College Avenue safer for all modes of travel, strengthening bicycle and pedestrian connections to MAX, creating designs for all ages and abilities, creating a well-functioning, high quality and attractive street.
  • West Central Area Plan
    The 2014 update of the West Central Area Plan updates the vision and priorities for the West Central Area of the city, focusing on neighborhood character, transportation needs, the natural environment, and a new design for Prospect Road (from Shields to College).

Agendas are posted online on the Thursday afternoon prior to each meeting. A list of planned topics to be addressed by City Council and the Urban Renewal Authority Board in the next six months is available at fcgov.com/CityClerk/Planning-Calendar.php.

BIKE & PEDESTRIAN COUNTS - VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

September 9, 11, and 13
The City of Fort Collins will conduct its annual bicyclist and pedestrian counts at 24 locations on September 9, 11, and 13. This effort helps collect the data needed to prioritize future improvements for those who walk or ride bikes in the community. Please read the press release for more information. You may sign up for a shift and orientation on September 4 here: vols.pt/DrroL6

YOUR INPUT NEEDED TO HELP SHAPE COLLEGE AVENUE

The Midtown in Motion College Avenue Transportation Study is the first step in making the improvements outlined in the Midtown Plan a reality. We are seeking your feedback on proposed concepts to improve biking, walking and driving along College Avenue in Midtown. Please provide your input at http://midtowninmotion.com/bp/help-us-shape-college-avenue.

WEST CENTRAL AREA PLAN - UPCOMING EVENTS

Thursday, September 18 - Open House
Save the date! Join us for an open house on Thursday, September 18 at the Fort Collins Senior Center, 1200 Raintree Dr. Drop in any time between 4:00 and 7:00 p.m. to share your thoughts on the vision, policy options, and potential action items for the plan. This open house will also include preliminary design options for the Prospect Road corridor.

Monday, September 22 - Prospect Corridor Workshop
Want to take a closer look at ideas for a redesigned Prospect Road between College and Shields? There will be a special workshop to explore the preliminary design options and development scenarios for the Prospect Road corridor on Monday, September 22 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Plymouth Congregational Church, 916 W. Prospect Rd.

More information is available at fcgov.com/westcentral.

BUILDING REVIEW BOARD

Thursday, August 28 - Canceled
The Building Review Board (BRB) 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 the last Thursday of every month at 1 p.m. in Council Chambers at 300 Laporte Avenue. The August meeting has been canceled for lack of business. Agendas and past meeting minutes are available at fcgov.com/BRB.

LANDMARK PRESERVATION COMMISSION

Upcoming Hearing - Wednesday, September 10
The Landmark Preservation Commission (LPC) typically conducts hearings on the second Wednesday of each month and holds work sessions on the fourth Wednesday of each month. For additional information, contact Karen McWilliams () or Josh Weinberg () or call 970-221-6206. Agendas and past minutes are available at fcgov.com/LPC.

More information on projects under review and on historic review is available at fcgov.com/HistoricReview.

ZONING BOARD OF APPEALS

Upcoming Hearing - Thursday, September 11
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. The meeting will begin at 8:30 a.m. in Council Chambers (300 Laporte Avenue). Agendas and past meeting minutes are available at fcgov.com/ZoningAppeals.

RECENT HEARING OUTCOMES

Type 2/Planning and Zoning Board Decisions (from the August 14 Planning and Zoning Board meeting)

  • The Center at Rigden Farm Extension Request, located at the southwest corner of Drake Road and Timberline Road
    Approved a third one-year extension, to August 31, 2015, of the approved Final Plan for the Rigden Farm 14th Filing also known as The Center at Rigden Farm. It has been approved for 8 mixed-use buildings with a total of 95,000 square feet on 5.9 acres.
  • Harmony & I-25 Overall Development Plan (ODP)
    Approved an Overall Development Plan (ODP) for 264 acres at the southwest corner of Harmony Road and I-25. The ODP outlines proposed land uses and infrastructure within a 56-acre area at the southeast corner of the Harmony and Strauss Cabin Road intersection.

Zoning Board of Appeals Decisions (from the August 14 Zoning Board of Appeals meeting)

  • 1730 W. Mountain Ave.
    Withdrawn by applicant
  • 637 Cowan St.
    Approved a variance to increase the maximum allowed building floor area from 2,407 to 2,576 square feet in order to allow an existing covered patio to be enclosed (with a screen enclosure).

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 - you can 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.

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 back issues of this e-newsletter, view the newsletter archive.

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