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Landmark Design Review

Why a Review?

The historic review process is designed to help prevent the loss of Fort Collins' significant historic resources and to help preserve our city's special character. The review is required when a permit is sought for exterior changes to any Fort Collins Landmark. The review also provides an opportunity for citizens to comment on change in their community and for owners to learn about the substantial financial incentives available for eligible historic resources. The code provisions regulating the historic review process are contained in Section 14-46 of the Fort Collins Municipal Code.

How Long Will This Take?

Administrative Approvals are completed within a few days. Design Subcommittee meetings and Conceptual Reviews are scheduled the same day as Public Hearings.

Step 1: What Happens Next?

The Director of Community Development and Neighborhood Services (CDNS) and the Chair of the Landmark Preservation Commission (LPC) evaluate the extent of the proposed work and effect that the work could have on your building's historic character, assessed either "detrimental" or "not detrimental."

  • Not Detrimental: You are finished with this process. Staff will sign-off on your permit.
  • Detrimental: Your proposal will need to undergo additional review.

Step 2: Design Subcommittee (Optional)

This is an opportunity for property owners and consultants to meet with two members of the Landmark Preservation Commission, This is an optional and informational meeting to foster successful outcomes. No official action is taken during these meetings.

Step 3: Public Hearing - Conceptual

This is an opportunity for the applicant to discuss requirements, standards, design issues and policies that apply to landmarks or sites, structures and objects within a landmark district. Problems can be identified and solved prior to final review of the application. Conceptual review of any proposed work may be limited to certain portions of the work as deemed appropriate by the Commission. If, upon review of the proposed work, the Commission determines that conceptual review is not necessary given the absence of a significant impact on the landmark or landmark district involved, it may be waived by the Commission, and the Commission may then proceed to consider the proposed work on final review at the same meeting.

Step 4: Public Hearing - Final Review and Approval

Each application shall be finally reviewed and approved by the Commission at the same meeting as the Commission's conceptual review of the application, if any, or at a subsequent meeting of the Commission. During final review, the Commission shall consider the application and any changes made by the applicant since conceptual review.