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Metro Districts#

Metropolitan districts are quasi-governmental entities with taxing authority that are used to finance necessary public infrastructure and services that the City cannot otherwise provide. A metro district is a type of special district derived from Colorado's Special District Act (Title 32, Article 1, Colorado Revised Statutes)

In Fort Collins, Metro Districts are formed to enhance the quality of development in the City. Metro districts enable development to deliver several City objectives and public benefits such as environmental sustainability, critical public infrastructure, affordable housing, and public spaces. The City’s previous Metro District policy, adopted in 2008, was created to support commercial development. The Metro District policy was revised in 2018 and once again in 2021 to also address changing residential development market conditions and secure public benefits as part of permitting Metro Districts.

More information about Metro Districts in Fort Collins can be found below in the Frequently Asked Questions, or through browsing the adjacent tabs.

View the Metro District FAQs

The City revised its policy for reviewing service plans for metropolitan districts in April, 2021.  The policy establishes criteria, guidelines and processes to be followed by City Council and City staff in considering, and by applicants in submitting to the City, service plans for the organization of metropolitan districts or amendments to those plans.

This document describes the policy objectives, evaluation criteria, application process, service plan requirements, regional improvements and fees.

View the City's Metro District Policy



Gateway at Prospect

Harmony I-25

Harmony Technology Park

I-25 Prospect Interchange



Mulberry Frontage


Rudolph Farms

SW Prospect I-25

Waters Edge