The City of Fort Collins will host February meetings on proposed regulations addressing chronic disruptive behaviors that affect the Downtown experience for businesses, residents and visitors.
Residents can also take a questionnaire online at www.fcgov.com through 5 p.m. February 23. The meetings will be:
February 15 –Coffee Talk (informal drop-in discussion with no formal presentation), 7:30-8:30 a.m. Downtown Artery, 252 Linden St.
February 23 – Open House, 6-7:30 p.m., Northside Aztlan Center, 112 Willow St.
At the public meetings, attendees will be asked to provide their opinions and reactions to proposed potential city code changes related to disruptive behaviors. Clicker technology will be used at the February 23 Open House to gather anonymous polling information that will show instant results.
Opinions expressed through the meetings and in questionnaires will be used to inform City Council, which is tentatively scheduled to discuss the proposed regulations March 7.
In 2015, the City started having conversations about disruptive behaviors Downtown. At that time, questionnaires showed that the three most disruptive behaviors were panhandling, groups or individuals sitting or lying on sidewalks and aggressive, intimidating behavior. Out of that effort, the City partnered to create Outreach Fort Collins and committed additional police resources to the Downtown area. While these two efforts have had a positive impact, the City is now considering whether to address individuals/groups sitting and lying in the Downtown area.
Regulatory options are being proposed specifically within the smoke-free zone boundary Downtown with the exception of transit stops and City-owned restroom facilities, which would be subject to use limitations citywide. Also proposed is an option prohibiting leaving personal property unattended, which would also be applied citywide. Any new regulations would be enforced between the hours of 9 a.m. and 2 a.m.
For more information and updates, go to www.fcgov.com/downtownbehavior.