Here's your look at development review and related events in Fort Collins.
Neighborhood meetings provide an opportunity for developers to provide preliminary information to neighbors regarding proposed projects before they are formally submitted for review. Neighbors then have the opportunity to ask questions and express concerns about or support for the project as proposed. These meetings are facilitated by City staff. Your input is an important part of the development review process. One upcoming neighborhood meeting is scheduled:
Wednesday, May 22 - Fox Grove Overall Development Plan, located on 36 acres east of I-25 and south of Mulberry St.
Neighborhood Meeting: 7:00-8:30 p.m., Timnath Elementary School, 3909 Main St., Timnath
Description: This proposed residential development would include a mix of single family lots, duplexes, and condominiums. (This project was called Lot 2, LEE MLD Single Family & Multifamily Housing in the conceptual review phase.)
ADMINISTRATIVE/TYPE 1 HEARING
Administrative (Type 1) Hearings are public hearings conducted by a hearing officer. Public comment is invited. The hearing officer considers your input an important part of the development review process. Written comments are also welcome, and may be submitted in advance to the project planner, or at the hearing. No administrative hearings are scheduled during the week of May 13.
PLANNING AND ZONING BOARD/TYPE 2 HEARINGS
Thursday, May 16 - Planning and Zoning Board Regular Meeting
At 6 p.m., on the third Thursday of each month, the Planning and Zoning Board conducts a regular meeting in Council Chambers at 300 Laporte Ave. The Planning and Zoning Board encourages your input; interested persons are invited to attend and be heard. The agenda for the meeting has complete information. Agenda items include:
- Bella Vira, Extension of Final Plan Vested Rights, Southwest of West Elizabeth Street and South Overland Trail
This is a request for a one-year extension of the term of vested rights of the approved Bella Vira Final Plan. The Final Plan has been approved for 60 single family detached dwellings and 25 multi-family units on 34.7 acres. Please note: this item is on the consent agenda, and will not be discussed in detail unless requested by a member of the Board, staff, or public at the hearing.
- Avago Technologies, Building Four, Major Amendment
This is a request to expand Building Four at 4380 Ziegler Road by adding 138,800 square feet to the west side of the existing building.
At noon on the Friday prior to each regular Planning and Zoning Board meeting, the Board holds a work session in Conference Room A at 281 N. College Ave. The next work session will be held on Friday, May 10.
Please contact the Development Review Center at 970-221-6750 for further information on any agenda items. More information, including meeting agendas and materials as well as past meeting minutes, may be found at fcgov.com/PlanningZoningBoard.
Tuesday, May 14 - City Council Work Session
At 6 p.m., in Council Chambers at 300 Laporte Avenue, City Council will conduct a work session. One agenda item related to land use code standards will be discussed:
- Urban Agriculture Land Use Code and City Code Changes
Proposed Land Use Code changes include allowing community gardens and market gardens in all zone districts through a licensing system and allowing farmers markets in more zone districts. Proposed City Code changes include allowing ducks as well as chicken hens in the City limits, scaling the number of ducks and chicken hens based on lot size, allowing two miniature goats per lot, and updating the City's beekeeping standards. More information is available on the project's website: fcgov.com/urbanagriculture.
Complete information is available in the agenda for the meetings (available on the Friday prior to the meetings).
NATURAL RESOURCES ADVISORY BOARD
Wednesday, May 15
At 6 p.m., in Conference Room 1A, 215 N. Mason St. (west entrance), the Natural Resources Advisory Board will meet and will review the proposed Urban Agriculture Land Use Code and City Code changes. (See description above under the May 14 City Council agenda item or at fcgov.com/urbanagriculture.)
LINCOLN CORRIDOR PLAN - SMALL GROUP CONVERSATIONS AND CORRIDOR WALKS
Upcoming - Wednesday, May 22
Lincoln Avenue between Jefferson Street and Lemay Avenue is a critical connection between Downtown and the eastern part of the community. Changes are occurring rapidly along this corridor, and planning efforts are underway to develop a corridor vision and to identify specific steps for improvements. Residents, businesses, property owners and others who are interested in the future of the Lincoln Corridor are invited to join in meetings event to share ideas about Lincoln Avenue. On May 22, multiple one-hour sessions will be offered, as well as corridor walks from Buckingham Park at noon and at 6 p.m. All are welcome - to participate in a session, please sign up at fcgov.com/lincoln, or contact Lori Bichler at at email@example.com or 970-224-6058.
LANDMARK PRESERVATION COMMISSION
Next Hearing - Wednesday, June 12
The Landmark Preservation Commission (LPC) conducts hearings on the second Wednesday of each month and holds work sessions on the fourth Wednesday of each month. Agendas and past minutes are available at fcgov.com/LPC. For additional information, contact Karen McWilliams (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Josh Weinberg (email@example.com) or call 970-221-6206.
ZONING BOARD OF APPEALS
Next Meeting - Thursday, June 13
The Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) has the authority to approve variances from the requirements in the Land Use Code. The Zoning Board of Appeals typically meets on the second Thursday of every month from 8:30 -11:30 a.m. in Council Chambers (300 Laporte Ave.). Agendas and past meeting minutes are available at fcgov.com/ZoningAppeals.
BUILDING REVIEW BOARD
Next Meeting - Thursday, June 27 (May 30 meeting has been cancelled)
The Building Review Board (BRB) is charged with the responsibility to hear appeals and requests for variances related to City Building codes and contractor licensing regulations. The BRB typically meets the last Thursday of every month at 1 p.m. in Council Chambers at 300 Laporte Ave. Agendas and past meeting minutes are available at fcgov.com/BRB.
APPLICATIONS SUBMITTED IN THE PAST WEEK
This section typically includes Project Development Plans (PDPs), Overall Development Plans (ODPs), Major Amendments (MJAs), and proposals for annexations, rezonings, and additions of permitted uses that were submitted in the past week. More information regarding all current proposals is available in an interactive table of Development Proposals Under Review, or by calling the Development Review Center at 970-221-6750.
No new applications of these types have been received since the last update.
RECENT HEARING OUTCOMES
Carriage House Apartment Project Development Plan, on Springfield Dr., west of Shields St.
Description: Multi-family project with 57 dwelling units in five buildings.
Approved with Conditions following March 21 Planning and Zoning Board/Type 2 Hearing
Appealed - City Council Appeal scheduled for May 21
Max Flats Project Development Plan, 203 W. Mulberry St.
Description: Five-story 63,900 square foot building with 64 dwelling units and 1,500 square feet of ground level retail.
Approved following April 18 Planning and Zoning Board hearing
Appealed - City Council appeal is pending.
BDR 4-Plex Project Development Plan, 621 S. Meldrum St.
Description: Multi-family building with four dwelling units.This project was approved with one modification of standard and two conditions following an administrative (Type 1) hearing. It was appealed to City Council. In the appeal hearing held on May 7, City Council upheld the approval of the project.
NOW AVAILABLE - MORE INFORMATION ON DEVELOPMENT PROPOSALS
More information on current development proposals is available online than ever before. Check out the new searchable and sortable table of development proposals under review to find information on formally submitted proposals - you can search for a proposal by the sign number on a "Development Proposal Under Review" sign, by a keyword search including any part of the project name, street name or number, and more.
All notices of conceptual reviews are available at fcgov.com/conceptualreview.
WHAT’S A CITIZEN’S ROLE IN DEVELOPMENT REVIEW?
Have you checked out the City’s new Citizen's Role in Development Review flowchart and guide? These tools are an empowering resource to explain a citizen's role in Development Review. We hope this guide will aid you in making the process easier to understand and enable you to participate. Questions? Please contact Sarah Burnett, Neighborhood Development Review Liaison, at 970-224-6076 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
MORE INFO & FEEDBACK
For more information about development review, please visit fcgov.com/developmentreview or call 970-221-6750. For back issues of this e-newsletter, view the newsletter archive.