City of Fort Collins City Codes ensure, among other things, a proposed development is consistent with City Plan and anticipates impacts on adjacent streets and compatible with neighboring and surrounding properties.
Sections 12–120, 12–121 and 12–122: Resource conservation and private property owner rights to use resource saving devices or techniques under certain conditions.
View Sections 12–120, 12–121 and 12–122
Section 26–127: Tiered residential water rates and seasonal commercial rates to encourage water conservation.
View Section 26–127
Section 26–166: Prohibition of wasting water.
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Encourages sustainable practices with mixed–use activity centers, higher density closer to downtown, lower density further out, reduces car trips.
View City Plan
In map form, focuses primarily on the physical form and development pattern of the City, setting forth a basic framework that shows how Fort Collins should grow and evolve over the next 20 years.
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Shows zone districts tied to Article 4 of the Land Use Code.
View Zoning Map
Development Review Guide:
Development Review helps ensure each new development, like a piece of the puzzle, aligns with our community's vision for Fort Collins. The Development Review Guide maps out the process for completing new projects.
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Land Use Code (LUC):
Establishes regulations pertaining to development within the City. The following sections of the LUC are specific standards pertaining to green building.
Section 2.2.1(E) Preliminary Design Review: In–depth opportunity shall be provided so developers to work collaboratively with City departments to solve problems relating to complex developments.
View Section 2.2.1(E) Preliminary Design Review
Section 3.2.1 Landscape & Tree Protection Standards: New development landscape and irrigation plans shall be reviewed for compliance with the Land Use Code’s water conservation standards
View Section 3.2.1 Landscaping and Tree Protection
Section 3.2.2 Access, Circulation and Parking: Parking and circulation aspects of all developments shall be well designed with regard to safety, efficiency and convenience of vehicles, bicycles, pedestrian and transit, within the development and to and from surrounding areas.
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Section 3.2.3 Solar Access, Orientation, Shading: Active and passive solar energy systems for heating air and water shall be used in homes and businesses,
View Section 3.2.3 Solar Access, Orientation, Shading
Section 3.2.4 Site Lighting: Effects of physical lighting on the surrounding neighborhood shall be considered.
View Section 3.2.4 Site Lighting
Section 3.2.5 Trash and Recycling Enclosures: Provision of areas, compatible with surrounding land uses, shall be provided for the collection, separation, storage, loading and pickup of recyclable materials.
View Section 3.2.5 Trash and Recycling Enclosures
Section 3.4.1 Natural Habitats and Features: Property development shall be consistent with its zoning designation, so the development plan’s proposed physical elements are designed and arranged to protect the natural habitats and features on the site and in its vicinity.
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Section 3.4.3 Water Quality: Development shall comply with all applicable local, state and federal water–quality standards, including, but not limited to, those regulating erosion and sedimentation, storm drainage and runoff control.
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Section 3.6.3 Street Pattern and Connectivity Standards: All development plans shall adequately provide vehicular, pedestrian and transit modes of travel.
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Section 3.6.5 Transit Facilities Standards: New development shall adequately accommodates existing and planned transit service by integrating facilities designed and located appropriately for transit into the development plan.
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Section 3.10 Transit–Oriented Development (TOD) Overlay Zone: Use of overlay district shall encourage infill development, reduce vehicular trips, reduce development footprint for vehicles, increase density, make use of brownfield sites and reduce air pollution.
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Section 4.5, 4.6 and 4.23 Proximity to Neighborhood: Neighborhood centers shall be in close proximity to residential developments to meet the needs of everyday living in neighborhoods, providing the opportunity for walking or biking to services, conveniences and transit stops.
View Section 4.5
View Section 4.6
View Section 4.23
Larimer County Urban Area Street Standards:
Appendix H – Fort Collins Multimodal Transportation Level of Service Manual: Standards for transportation – streets, bicycles, pedestrians.
View Appendix H – Fort Collins Multimodal Transportation Level of Service Manual (PDF, 4.5MB)
Codes and Standards for Residential, Commercial and Multi-Family Buildings. View Codes and Standards for Residential, Commercial and Multi-Family Buildings.