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April - 2013 Edition: Some information may be out of date.

Planned Development Overlay District (PDOD)

Six-Month Pilot Is Underway - Learn How To Participate!

City Council approved a 6-month pilot to test the Planned Development Overlay District (PDOD). The PDOD is a new approach to regulating infill development and redevelopment, blending the City’s existing Land Use Code (LUC) with performance-based regulations. If you have a complex project and could benefit from a flexible application of development standards, the PDOD may be right for you. Download the complete Ordinance with new PDOD LUC language here:

Pilot Details

From March - August 2013, the City will accept up to five (5) development submittals for projects that wish to use the PDOD. The project does not have to be approved within that timeframe; the timeframe only applies to formal project development plan submittals. Your project must be located within the PDOD pilot boundary (download the pilot boundary map:

PDOD projects are subject to the following development standards and process:

  • Article 4 of the Land Use Code (LUC), Districts, does not apply.
  • Article 3 of the LUC applies, but some flexibility is afforded:
    • Divisions 3.3 and 3.7-3.11 apply in their entirety
    • Projects must comply with the "General Standard" for all Sections in 3.2 and 3.4-3.6
    • Projects must comply with the following Sections in their entirety:
      • 3.4.1
      • 3.4.7
      • 3.6.2
  • Projects must achieve at least 60 points on the Performance Matrix, and those points must be earned from four out of the seven Matrix categories.
  • Land uses not otherwise permitted by the underlying zoning may be considered.
  • Projects will be subject to Type 2 (Planning and Zoning Board) review.


Staff has worked in collaboration with the Planning and Zoning Board (P&Z) since 2011 to develop a flexible zoning tool for infill development and redevelopment. Development of such a tool was also an action item in the 2012 update of City Plan. Research was conducted to determine how other communities across the U.S. regulate infill/redevelopment, and to understand Fort Collins' development history and goals. The PDOD ultimately developed as a blend of regulatory tools: Planned Unit Developments (PUDs) and performance-based zoning. The intent is to further the City's sustainability goals and provide flexibility in the design of constrained infill/redevelopment sites.

By spring of 2012, the focus shifted from permanently adopting the PDOD to testing it first using a pilot program. After conducting additional outreach and refining the PDOD pilot, City Council adopted it in February 2013.

For more information contact Megan Bolin, Redevelopment Specialist, bWJvbGluQGZjZ292LmNvbQ== or 970-221-6342.