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Neighborhood News is Your Hub for HOA News
Amanda Nagl | Neighborhoods |

Neighborhood Services partners with other entities to provide trainings to homeowner associations (HOA), property managers, and HOA board members. Previously, email lists were maintained and reminders were sent to past attendees. In an effort to streamline information and registration, anyone interested in HOA information will be directed here to Neighborhood News where we will have a standing section to promote upcoming classes and to alert HOA members to information that they may need. Class information and registration is also available at fcgov.com/HOA. more
May 8 and May 15: Explore the Community Association Handbook...It's all About the Resources
We are trying something new this year! Whether you're a new board member or a seasoned veteran, a community manager new on the job or one who would like a refresher, these classes are for you. Join us for the May 8 and May 15 back-to-back workshops, where we'll explore the Community Association Handbook. In this handbook we'll examine the two statutes that govern community associations in Colorado: the Colorado Common Interest Ownership Act (CCIOA) and the Colorado Revised Nonprofit Corporation Act (Nonprofit Code), and how they work with, supplement and often supersede your governing documents. We'll delve into the nine responsible governance policies required under CCIOA, and how they impact and assist your association. We'll also focus on two of the most difficult aspects of community association governance: Covenant Enforcement and Collection of Delinquent Assessments. Armed with the information in the HindmanSanchez Community Association Handbook, you'll be well on your way to a more successful community association.

Please download and read the HindmanSanchez Community Association Handbook. Identify questions, and be prepared for an interactive and fast-paced experience at these sessions. In order to offer this course at no charge, handbooks will not be available at either session. Attendees are expected to bring their own or to follow along with slides throughout the workshops. 

Please Note:  Attendance at both sessions is encouraged. There will not be an opportunity to register for May 15 if you do not attend on May 8 as information is meant to be cumulative throughout these workshops. All classes run from 6-8 p.m. in the Community Room at Police Services, 2221 Timberline Road. All trainings provided by HindmanSanchez Law Firm, coordinated by the City of Fort Collins. Maximum room capacity is 80 persons. Register Now.

Back to TopLandlord/Tenant Information & Events
Amanda Nagl | Neighborhoods |

Much like the HOA standard section of Neighborhood News, we are creating a landlord/ tenant section. And, all information is available at fcgov.com/landlord-tenant. There, you will find all upcoming training classes as well as access to the Landlord Tenant Handbook (currently under revision with a potential new release this Fall), rental housing standards, and frequently asked questions on leases and rental building codes.   more
This year, we will host three brown bag lunch discussions held at diferent locations in hopes of attracting many landlords to come and share their experiences as well as to listen to others in hopes of assisting in solving some of their own problems and overcoming challenges. Staff will work with local professionals to assure that there will also be subject matter experts at the table to provide direction. We will pilot this series in three sessions in the spring and will ask for feedback and comments that will assist in future planning. All sessions will begin at noon and conclude at 1 p.m. The idea is to host these lunches at various libraries to increase accessibility. Those rooms can only be booked eight weeks out, so please check locations closer to the date.

Evictions: Preparation and Process
March 13, Noon-1 pm in the Harmony Library, Community Room
This discussion will be around creating leases that will assist in an eviction process, should such a need arise, asking landlords to share their own experiences, and what items were useful or not in the process. Experiences with court process and follow through of evictions will also be discussed. Information gathered and questions asked will be used to inform longer, more thorough training on evictions.  Register Now.

Practical Considerations for Providing Housing to Low - Income Residents
April 10, Noon-1 pm, Council Tree Library, Community Room C
Subject matter experts will provide specific requirements relating to specific housing assistance programs. In addition, landlords will be asked to share their own challenges and successes in creating a positive living environment for low-income residents. Register Now.  

Subleasing
May 15, Noon-1 pm, Location TBD
With college terms coming to an end, many landlords may wonder exactly what their expectations should be around subleasing and what their power to control it is, given various circumstances.   Landlords will be asked to share their previous experiences and offer tips for positive subleasing experiences. Register Now.  

Back to TopNeighborhood Grants-We Want to Show Your Neighborhood the Money
Amanda Nagl | Neighborhoods |

Has your neighborhood chatted about starting a community garden? How about adding a little entertainment to your annual neighborhood picnic?  The City wants to help fund your neighborhood projects, so don’t miss out!   Neighborhood grants are available through the City of Fort Collins Neighborhood Services during three grant cycles in 2014.  
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Grant applications require a minimum of four households to participate in order to qualify as a neighborhood event.  Applications can be written for up to $500 for many kinds of activities:  clean-up projects, block parties, potlucks, beautification efforts and others directed toward building relationships between neighbors.

Applications are weighted according to the proposal’s ability to foster positive neighbor relationships and build pride in one’s neighborhood and community.  The number of participants and the amount of additional resources, both time and money, are also considered.  

Due dates are March 14, July 7 and September 19.  The second round, due July 7, is solely reserved for Neighborhood Night Out events held August 5.  Please note it takes up to three weeks to receive funding after due dates so requests should be timed accordingly.  Any events other than Neighborhood Night Out that are planned prior to October 3 should be a part of the March 14 cycle to ensure that funding will be available prior to the event. W9 Forms are also required at the time of application.  
   
Having trouble thinking of a project?  See the following ideas. Throw a pizza party or barbecue with jumpy castles to get new and more seasoned neighbors out, talking and connecting.  Purchase canopies for ongoing neighborhood activities to increase comfort so more neighbors participate. Use grant money to rent equipment for neighborhood clean-up projects:  chipper services, dumpsters, and trailers. And of course, providing food is always a good way to bring people together!  There are many other possibilities and neighborhoods have much opportunity for creativity. In some cases it may be possible to combine neighborhood grants with other City of Fort Collins programs designed to increase neighborhood sustainability.  

Neighbors are welcome to brainstorm ideas or discuss projects with me. Check out fcgov.com/NeighborhoodGrants for an application, W-9, and sample budget forms.
Back to TopWhat Do You Think About Smoking?
Beth Sowder | Neighborhoods |

This past January, Fort Collins’ City Council expanded the local Smoking Ordinance to prohibit smoking on or within 10 feet of outdoor dining areas, bar patios, and Transfort’s public transit facilities, shelters and benches. As a follow-up action item, we would like to know your thoughts about expanding smoking regulations in other outdoor areas, regulating electronic smoking devices, and looking into expanding hotel/motel smoking regulations. The City would like to gain an understanding of how the community feels about these possible smoking regulations and whether the community currently experiences impacts from smoking in these areas. Please, take our survey today!

Transit-Oriented Development Parking Study
Seth Lorson | Planning |

The City is seeking public input from residents while it reviews parking requirements and impacts in the TOD zone.  The TOD zone was adopted in 2006-07 to encourage compact, walkable infill projects. At that time, minimum parking requirements for mixed-use and multi-family dwellings were removed. In 2013, as activity increased in the TOD zone, the Planning and Zoning Board and City Council expressed concerns with the number of parking spaces provided in TOD developments and resulting concerns about spill-over parking impacts in adjacent neighborhoods. City Council implemented a one-year requirement for minimum parking in the TOD zone, and asked for a study of parking during the one-year period for development of longer term standards. To learn more, please visit fcgov.com/ParkingStudy. more
The TOD zone is primarily located along the College Avenue and Mason Street corridors, downtown, and along the Prospect, Shields, and Laurel corridors around the CSU campus.

If you live, work or attend school in or near the TOD (or you are interested in helping to shape our community's policies) we are looking for your feedback! Please share this information with your neighbors, and consider attending one of the following meetings, all will be between 6 and 8 pm:

Other Opportunities for Input

Back to TopDiscover Xeriscape: Design with Water in Mind
Laurie D'Audney | Enviromental Services |

Xeriscape is not one particular style or look, but rather an attractive, sustainable and water-efficient landscape based on sound horticultural practices.

Benefits of xeriscape are many. Conserve water. May use 25-50 percent less water than a traditional landscape. Add beauty and resilience. The colors, textures and fragrances, provide a source of enjoyment. Even during drought, it retains much of its beauty. Solve landscape problems. Provides practical solutions for hard to maintain areas. Strategically placed plants also can help cool homes in the summer and warm them in winter. Increase the value of a home. Well-planned and maintained xeriscapes can increase property values. more
New Xeriscape Help Available
Two new programs are being piloted in 2014 to help Fort Collins Utilities water customers begin to xeriscape. Details at fcgov.com/xeriscape.

Xeriscape Design Assistance
Transform an area of your yard into an attractive, low water-using xersicape. Utilities offers water customers a 1 ½-hour session with a landscape design professional. After the session, you will have a plan ready for installation. Participants will pay a $50 fee directly to the designer. Call 970-221-6700 to get started. Once registered, you will receive a packet with a list of participating designers to choose from and materials to help you get the most from your session.

Xeriscape Rebate
Participate in the Xeriscape Design Assistance program to be eligible for rebates on the area converted to xeriscape. After your design session, submit a rebate application. Rebate is $.50 per square foot, up to $500.

Xeriscape Demonstration Garden
Located at City Hall, 300 Laporte Ave., the City’s demonstration garden features more than 160 species of trees, shrubs, perennials, groundcovers and turf. Open to the public, self-guided tours can be taken anytime. Master Gardener-guided tours and gardening professionals will be on hand at the Xeriscape Garden Party, Thurs., July 10, 5-7 p.m.

Residential Environmental Program Series
Sponsored by: Utilities and Gardens on Spring Creek. FREE programs, Wednesdays, 7-9 p.m., Midtown Arts Center, 3750 S. Mason St. RSVP by the Friday before the program at fcgov.com/reps or 970-221-6700.

March 12: Introduction to Permaculture
Learn how permaculture, a holistic approach to landscape design, incorporates a diversity of species for a self-sustaining landscape.

April 2: Xeriscape with Unique and Functional Landscapes
Discover how to create a well-designed landscape. Learn design tips for transitioning from lawn to garden beds, including many exceptional, underused plants.

April 9: Wildscape 101: Habitat Hero Landscaping
Learn how to provide habitat for songbirds and pollinators, while reducing watering needs. Co-sponsored by City of Fort Collins Natural Areas.

Gardens on Spring Creek Classes
Saturdays, The Gardens, 214 Centre Ave. Sign up at fcgov.com/gardens. All classes are $8.

March 8, 1-3 p.m., Improving your Garden Soil with Compost and Cover Crops
Learn how to make compost and properly apply it to the garden.

April 12, 10 a.m.-noon, Landscape Design with Rocky Mountain Native Plants
Develop your garden plan using traditional landscape design practices but focusing on native plants.

April 12 and April 19 (repeat), 1-4 p.m., Just Drip It
Learn the basics of drip irrigation.

May 31, 10 a.m.-noon, Maximize your Sprinkler Efficiency
Learn how to maintain, adjust, repair and understand your sprinkler system.
Back to TopCSUnity 2014
Jenn Rieskamp | CSU |

CSU students are ready to offer you a helping hand through CSUnity! On Saturday, April 5 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m., nearly 2,000 volunteers will assist Fort Collins residents and agencies through a day of service. For those who have not participated before, CSUnity is tradition at the university where thousands of students engage in a day of service to all kinds of businesses, government agencies, nonprofits and local residents.  Students have accomplished projects ranging from neighborhood cleanup and long-delayed maintenance projects at nonprofit agencies, to assisting the National Forest Service with brush removal. For residents projects can be any outdoor project that needs to be completed at your residence, such as garden work, painting, construction, planting. Please remember that all projects must be outdoors and we do ask that you be at your home when students are present. We request that you provide all necessary supplies (ie: tools, garbage bags, etc.) to complete your project. Please consider registering a project to connect students with meaningful service in their communities! Register by the deadline, March 7.
Back to TopSocial Gaps Analysis Public Comment Needed
Emily Wilmsen | Communications |

An estimated 8,800 renter households in Fort Collins earning less than $25,000 a year cannot find rentals that meet their affordability needs. As many as 1,500 are on wait lists for housing assistance. That’s one of many statistics revealed in the City’s recent Social Sustainability Gaps Analysis, which is now available online for public comment. The study assesses the social sustainability needs in the community and how the City could be involved in closing those gaps. Seven major target areas are addressed: Housing, Homelessness, Poverty, Health and Wellness, Education and At-Risk Youth, Diversity and Equity, and Targeted Populations (including Seniors, Persons with Disabilities, Veterans, Victims of Domestic Violence). Comment online at fcgov.com/socialsustainability.
Back to TopShaping the Future of Cycling in Fort Collins
Tessa Greegor | FC Bikes |

Over the course of 2014, the City of Fort Collins is working with the community to develop a new Bicycle Master Plan. The City’s recent designation as a Platinum Bicycle Friendly Community by the League of American Bicyclists, presents a unique opportunity for the community to help shape a vision and recommendations for growing bicycling and improving safety across the city. This plan will build upon all of the great things about biking in Fort Collins and establish a blueprint for realizing a world-class city for cycling, where people of all ages and abilities can safely and comfortably ride a bicycle.  more
Through data-driven analysis and a comprehensive and inclusive public outreach strategy, the Fort Collins Bicycle Master Plan will integrate existing city plans, best practices and innovative thinking to revise the City’s proposed bicycle network, wayfinding strategies, bicycle facility design recommendations and guidelines, as well as policy and programmatic recommendations. Additionally, a Bike Share Business Plan is being developed through this process.

The City invites you to join the discussion and share your ideas on the future of cycling in Fort Collins at an upcoming open house at the Lincoln Center, Columbine Room, 417 W. Magnolia St. on Wednesday, March 12, 4-7 p.m. Interpreter services will be available for those whose first language is Spanish.

Attend this event to learn about the Bicycle Master Plan, explore innovative strategies to create a low-stress environment for bicycling, provide your input through FUN activities about where you ride, where you would like to ride, and how we can create a more bike-friendly community. Enjoy the chance to win great door prizes and cash bar.

If you are unable to attend the open house, we invite you to share your ideas on our WikiMap designed to show us where you ride, problem areas, recommended locations for bike parking and bike share stations. For more information about the Bicycle Master Plan, or to provide your input on the WikiMap, please visit fcgov.com/BikePlan.
Back to TopCardboard Ban Marks Its One-Year Anniversary
Caroline Mitchell | Enviromental Services |

This month marks the one-year anniversary of the cardboard recycling ordinance. On March 5, 2013, Fort Collins became the first community in Colorado requiring corrugated cardboard to be recycled or reused.

Residents of single-family homes can simply place cardboard in their curbside recycling bins, which are provided for no additional charge with curbside trash service. more
Businesses or apartment complexes that don’t currently have recycling programs can contact our Waste Reduction and Recycling Assistance Program (WRAP) for help determining their best options for complying with the cardboard ordinance. WRAP provides free on-site waste assessments, communications materials for residents, employees, and customers, as well as rebates for those starting a new recycling program. Learn more at fcgov.com/recycling or call 970-221-6288.

Residents and businesses are also welcome to recycle cardboard at the City’s Recycling Drop-off Center at 1702 Riverside Ave, behind the Rivendell School. The recycling center is open seven days a week during daylight hours.

If everyone in Fort Collins recycles their cardboard, an anticipated 12,000 tons of cardboard will be diverted from the landfill annually, conserving trees, energy, water, and significant amounts of greenhouse gas emissions.

Learn more about the ordinance at fcgov.com/recycling.