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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 - Week of February 8-12

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INFORMATION ON DEVELOPMENT PROPOSALS

Information on current development proposals is available online. Check out the searchable and sortable table of development proposals under review to find information on formally submitted proposals. 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. Preliminary design reviews go into more detail than conceptual reviews. Some projects will move forward into the formal development review process; others will not. Conceptual reviews and preliminary design reviews completed in the past week included:

Conceptual Reviews

  • 1303 Plum St. - Multi-family
    This is a conceptual review for a 42 unit, 137 bedroom apartment building, with five stories and 98 parking spaces. The proposal includes a parking structure with one level of parking below grade and the remainder on the first level. The site is located in the Community Commercial (CC) zone district.
  • 1820 W. Trilby Rd. - Outdoor Storage
    This is a conceptual review for a proposal to construct a home and outdoor storage facility. The proposed home would be constructed at the front of the lot while a fenced and gated outdoor storage area would be located at the rear of the lot. The site is located in the Rural Lands (RUL) zone district. This proposal will be subject to the Addition of Permitted Use (APU) process.
  • 2430 Overland Trail - Residential Subdivision
    This is a conceptual review for a subdivision with 21 duplexes and 61 single-family homes. The proposal includes a small park to serve the new subdivision and would extend Bluegrass Dr. through to Overland Trail. This site, located at the northeast corner of Overland Trail and Drake, is not currently within City limits, so the proposal would require annexation and initial zoning.

Preliminary Design Reviews

No preliminary design reviews were conducted in the past week.

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 scheduled at this time:

  • Gardens on Spring Creek Master Plan Major Amendment, 2145 Centre Ave.
    Meeting: Monday, Feb. 8, 6:00-7:30 p.m.,
    This is an open house to discuss mitigation efforts addressing concerns regarding the Gardens on Spring Creek master plan. The amended components include expanded garden areas, a stage and sound walls for outdoor performances for up to 1,500 people, a parking area for 150 bikes, arbor structures, and operational and management standards for events. The Planning and Zoning Board has continued the December 2015 public hearing on this project to allow additional time for the City and neighbors to further discuss concerns and mitigation ideas. Plans and other information from previous neighborhood meetings can be found at fcgov.com/gardenspast meetings. Documents presented to the Planning and Zoning Board at the December 17, 2015 hearing can be found here (agenda item 5, beginning on page 125). 
  • Faith Family Hospitality Group Home, 317 & 321 S. Sherwood St.
    Meeting: Wednesday, Feb. 10, 7:00-8:30 p.m., in the Community Room at 215 N. Mason St.
    This is a meeting to discuss a proposal to use the former Crossroads Safehouse buildings as a group home for up to 8 families as transitional housing. No exterior building alterations or additions to the primary structures are proposed. Additional parking (4-6 spaces) in the rear is anticipated, with access from the alley. The proposal may require several modifications, including those related to floor area ratios, distance requirements between group homes, and the maximum number of group home residents. The properties are located in the Neighborhood Conservation - Medium Density (NCM) zone district and are owned by the City of Fort Collins.

DOWNTOWN CHOICES WORKSHOPS

The Downtown Plan team is hosting a pair of in-depth, interactive workshops to refine and examine the key choices facing downtown. These workshops are great opportunities for you to help shape the recommendations in the plan!  Light refreshments will be served. Please RSVP here.

  • Downtown Choices Workshop #1
    Parking, Day-to-Day Operations and Management, and Creative Industries
    Thursday, Feb. 25, 6-8 p.m.
    Canyon West Ballroom, Lincoln Center, 417 W. Magnolia St.
  • Downtown Choices Workshop #2
    Growth & Density, Climate Action Plan Implementation, and Supporting Future Investment in Downtown
    Wednesday, March 2, 6-8 p.m.
    Canyon West Ballroom, Lincoln Center, 417 W. Magnolia St.

WEST ELIZABETH ENHANCED TRAVEL CORRIDOR (ETC) PLAN "QUESTION OF THE WEEK"

The West Elizabeth ETC Plan is looking for input on different design concepts being considered for the recommended design in a “Question of the Week” poll. This week's question is about a direct bus connection between the West Elizabeth Corridor and MAX.

To participate, sign up for updates on this project, and to learn more about this transit option, visit: Fcgov.com/westelizabeth.

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. No applications of these types were received in the past week.

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. Final development plans submitted in the past week include:

  • 612 E. Pitkin - Carriage House Final Plan (new final plan submittal)
    This is the final plan submittal for a carriage house with 224 square feet on the second story of a 598 square feet alley loaded garage. This property is in the Neighborhood Conservation - Low Density (NCL) district.
  • 215 Mathews Office Building (new final plan submittal)
    This is the final plan submittal for a three-story 8,550 square foot office building on a 7,000 square foot site. The site is zoned Neighborhood Conservation, Buffer District (NCB).
  • East Ridge 2nd Filing (new final plan submittal)
    This is the final plan submittal to replat portions of the previously approved East Ridge development plan. The new proposal calls for lot line adjustments for single family detached and additional conceptual plans for multi-family and single family attached units. The site is located in the Low Density Mixed Use Neighborhood (LMN) zone district.
  • 1025 Buckingham - Lemay Avenue Brewery and Self-Storage Facility (new final plan submittal)
    This is the final plan submittal for a self-storage facility with a microbrewery. The plan calls for subdivision of the 6.35 acre lot into three lots. Lot 1 (1.066 acres) will contain a 7,219 square foot building to be used for a craft brewery. The brewery will be built after the completion of the approximately 104,000 square foot self-storage facility on Lot 2 (4.536 acres). Lot 3 (.173 acres) is intended as a future building expansion site for either the brewery or storage facility. The property is located in the Industrial (I) zone district.

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

Thursday, Feb. 11
At 6 p.m., the Board will conduct a regular meeting in Council Chambers at 300 Laporte Ave. Agenda items include:

  • Windsong at Rock Creek Project Development Plan, located at the northeast corner of Ziegler Rd. and Rock Creek Dr.
    This is a proposal for a long-term care facility primarily serving people living the Alzheimer's and related dementia. The site is 3.34 acres. The 37,000 square foot, one-story building would contain 64 beds; the plan calls for 51 parking spaces.
  • Verizon Wireless Facility at Lifepointe Church Project Development Plan, 900 E. Prospect Rd.
    This is a request to install new telecommunications equipment mounted to a screen wall tower that is incorporated into the architecture of the roof of the church. Additional equipment associated with the wireless antennas will be placed in a wood-fenced area on the north side of the building.
  • Talon Estates Project Development Plan Extension, located on Falcon Dr., 1/4 mile west of South Taft Hill Rd.
    This is a request for a one-year extension of the term of vested right, to March 11, 2017, of the approved Talon Estates Final Plan, which calls for 13 single-family houses on individual lots on a 7.85 acre site.
  • Request for 1-Year Extension to Planned Development Overlay District (PDOD)
    The 6-month extension to the Planned Development Overlay District (PDOD) pilot will expire on March 9, 2016, but City Council has the option to extend it if there have been insufficient projects to adequately evaluate the PDOD. Since no projects have applied to use the PDOD and there are none anticipated within the remaining pilot timeframe, the option is available to ask Council to extend it. A request has been received by the same prospective applicant as in 2015, whose property lies within the PDOD boundary, to extend the pilot for an additional year.
  • Gardens on Spring Creek Major Amendment
    Staff recommends that the Board continue the hearing for this item to the March 8 Planning and Zoning Board hearing. The amended components include expanded garden areas, a stage and sound walls for outdoor performances for up to 1,500 people, a parking area for 150 bikes, arbor structures, and operational and management standards for events. Documents presented to the Planning and Zoning Board at the December 17, 2015 hearing can be found here (agenda item 5, beginning on page 125). At its December 17 meeting, the Board requested further outreach to the neighborhood; there will be a neighborhood meeting regarding the proposal on February 8.
  • Brookfield Second Filing Tracts D & E, located at the northeast corner of Precision Dr. and Brookfield Dr.
    This proposal calls for changes to two building types from a previously approved, but expired, plan. The stacked ranch condos originally approved are now proposed as townhome-style condos. There are 12 buildings proposed with a total of 68 units; the overall density of the site is 11.1 dwelling units per acre. The parcels are located in the Harmony Corridor (HC) zone district.
  • Bucking Horse Filing Four Multi-Family Project Development Plan
    This is a request for 322 multi-family units on 23.06 acres located within the Bucking Horse development. 13 multi-family buildings (304 units) and nine duplexes (18 units) are proposed. There would be a total of 586 bedrooms and 573 parking spaces; five spaces would be assigned to the leasing office. A clubhouse, pool, central green and community garden are proposed. Primary access would be gained via Yearling Dr. and Miles House Ave.; two other access points are provided from Cutting Horse Dr. and a private driveway off Nancy Gray Ave. The parcels are located in the Low Density Mixed-Use Neighborhood (LMN) and Urban Estate (UE) zone districts. Multi-family dwellings, at the proposed density, the number of units per building and the size of the buildings are permitted by an Addition of Permitted Use that was approved in conjunction with the Overall Development Plan in 2012.

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, Feb. 9 - Adjourned Meeting
At 6 p.m., City Council will conduct an adjourned meeting in Council Chambers at 300 Laporte Ave. Agenda items related to planning and development review include:

  • Items relating to City property at the College and Prospect intersection (second reading)
  • Items relating to the Maverik First Annexation and zoning at 4333 East Mulberry Street
  • Ordinance amending the landmark preservation codes to make the landmark designation process more efficient in cases where a property owner does not consent to landmark designation and the property is already designated on the National and/or State Historic Registers, either individually or as a part of a historic district (second reading)
  • Ordinance to adopt a new code section to establish and resolve construction defect claims (first reading)

Tuesday, Feb. 9 - Work Session
Following the adjourned meeting, City Council will conduct a work session in the CIC Room at 300 Laporte Ave. Agenda items include:

  • Neighborhood Livability: Rental Licensing Program
    Discussion of merits and desired outcomes of a rental licensing program.
  • Dust Prevention and Control
    Review components of the Dust Prevention and Control code changes and guidance manual, and to receive direction from Council on implementation.
  • Construction Defects
    The purpose of this item is to provide information on Colorado's construction defects laws, the issues surrounding construction defects, a summary of recent legislation at the local level, as well as some options for the City of Fort Collins.

PENDING APPEAL TO CITY COUNCIL

An appeal to City Council is pending:

  • Capstone Cottages Project Development Plan - at Feb. 16 Regular Meeting
    Two residents have appealed the Hearing Officer's approval of the Capstone Cottages Project Development Plan. This is a proposed development with 201 single-family dwelling units to be used as extra-occupancy rental houses for a total of 888 bedrooms on a 28.3 acre site. 738 parking spaces are proposed.

LANDMARK PRESERVATION COMMISSION & HISTORIC PRESERVATION

Wednesday, Feb. 10
At 5:30 p.m., in Council Chambers at 300 Laporte Ave., the Landmark Preservation Commission (LPC) will conduct a regular meeting.

Agendas and past minutes are available at fcgov.com/LPC.

Demolition/Alteration 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 currently 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 at or 970-224-6078, or Katie Dorn at or 970-416-4250, or see our FAQ page at fcgov.com/historicpreservation/faq.php.

ZONING BOARD OF APPEALS

Thursday, Feb. 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 at 8:30 a.m. in Council Chambers at 300 Laporte Avenue. Agendas and past meeting minutes are available at fcgov.com/ZoningAppeals. The Board will review one request this month:

  • 1112 Woodford Ave.
    This variance would allow a 6 foot tall fence to be built in the front yard along the side property line. Code allows a maximum fence height of 4 feet in the front yard.

BUILDING REVIEW BOARD

Thursday, Feb. 25
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 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.

RECENT HEARING OUTCOMES

Administrative/Type 1 Hearings

January 28 Hearing:

  • Centerpoint Plaza Project Development Plan, near Midpoint and Timberline
    On February 1, approved a request to construct a 24,000 square foot, 2.5 story building to be used as office and retail space. The property is located in the Employment (E) zone district. Office and retail are allowed uses in the E zone district.

February 4 Hearing:

  • Warren Federal Credit Union Project Development Plan, south side of Drake, between Illinois Dr. and Iowa Dr.
    A decision is pending regarding a proposal to divide a 2-acre site into three lots and one tract. Lot 3 is proposed to be developed first with a two-story building for the credit union as well as other office/retail uses. Future buildings on Lots 1 and 2 (facing Illinois Dr., west of the bank/retail building) will be reviewed at a later date. The remaining portion of the site (Tract A) is proposed to be used for 88 shared parking spaces.

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

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