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We help create and enhance a vibrant, world-class community by supporting efforts that define and realize our community's aspirations. We connect people, places, and services through innovative planning, partnerships, and forums for effective community engagement.

City Plan is Coming Soon!

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Have you ever thought about what Fort Collins might look and feel like 20 years from now? The latest update to City Plan will be getting underway this summer, and we hope you will help shape the community’s vision for Fort Collins! City Plan will address land use, transportation and transit, and many other topics. 

Have ideas to share? Visit CityPlan online and join the conversation!

Development Review Center

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The City's Development Review Center is experiencing high volumes of development review project submittals at this time. In order to maintain efficient project reviews and provide accurate, timely responses to inquiries, the City is enacting a series of measures related to the submittal process that may impact you as an applicant.

  • Appointments are required for all submittals or resubmittals. Please call the Development Review Center at 970-416-2740 to schedule an appointment time.
  • Only complete submittals are accepted. Consistent with Land Use Code requirements, the submittal will be returned to the applicant if any required materials or application fees are missing or insufficient.
  • All complete applications submitted Monday morning through Wednesday noon will be routed the same week. Submittals received after Wednesday noon will be routed the following week.

Please note that applications received earlier in the week will make it easier for Development Review Center staff to distribute plans to reviewing City departments and other referral agencies.

Building permit applications are accepted at any time during business hours, and without appointment.

Downtown Plan

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The new Downtown Plan will replace the successful 1989 Downtown Plan with a plan for the next 10-20 years. The ‘89 plan has guided budgets, projects, investments, regulations, and other actions for 25 years. Its mission has been achieved and its recommendations largely fulfilled. The new plan is scheduled and needed to continue the successes of Downtown.  

Old Town Neighborhoods Plan

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The purpose of updating the original East Side and West Side Neighborhood Plans is to revisit the visions, policy directives, and implementation actions in the existing documents and revise these elements based on emerging issues and trends. As part of this update, the current plans for both the east side and west side areas are proposed to be combined into a single consolidated plan and planning effort, referred to as the “Old Town Neighborhoods Plan (OTNP).

A second component of this planning effort is to develop new design guidelines for new construction and remodel projects. Visit fcgov.com/otnp for more information.

West Central Area Plan

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The West Central Area Plan was adopted by City Council in March 2015. Staff is now implementing the plan’s recommendations. The plan provides a basis for land use regulations, neighborhood services and programs, transportation projects, and open space protection for the neighborhoods south and west of the Colorado State University main campus. The plan also includes new designs for Prospect Road and Lake Street, from Shields Street to College Avenue. Learn more at fcgov.com/westcentral.

Plan Fort Collins: Innovate, Sustain, Connect

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Fast forward 30 years. What's it like to live in Fort Collins? In 2010, the City led a major visioning effort to define our community's future. Plan Fort Collins was a community-wide effort to create a new City Plan and Transportation Master Plan. Check out the adopted plans at fcgov.com/PlanFortCollins.

Download or Buy Plans

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Simply, the way to get our documents is to either download a copy, or buy hardcopies or cds from our FedEx Office DocStore. Visit Document Download.

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