Safe Community


Create public spaces and rights-of-way that are safe and welcoming to all users.

SC 1.1 - Neighborhood Relations

Provide and expand opportunities for neighborhood safety and involvement by fostering good neighborhood relations, building a sense of community pride and involvement, promoting safe and attractive neighborhoods, and encouraging compliance with City codes and regulations.

SC 1.2 - Public Safety through design

Provide a sense of security and safety within buildings, parking areas, walkways, alleys, bike lanes, public spaces and streets through creative placemaking and environmental design considerations, such as appropriate lighting, public art, visibility, maintained landscaping and location of facilities.


Provide high-quality public safety and emergency response services.

SC 2.1 - Police Services

Provide high-quality, cost-effective Police Services with an increased focus on neighborhood policing and particular attention to criminal activity, quality-of-life issues and visible signs of disorder.

SC 2.2 - Fire Protection

Coordinate with PFA to foster fire and life safety as a priority within the city. Support the PFA Strategic Plan and its mission to protect citizens and their property by being prompt, skillful and caring.

SC 2.3 - Emergency Medical Services

Continue to work cooperatively with PFA, contracted ambulance providers and other emergency providers to provide ambulance and other emergency medical services in the community.

SC 2.4 - Response Times

Maintain adequate response times to calls for service by Fort Collins residents, as determined by City of Fort Collins Police Services and PFA.

SC 2.5 - Special Events

In partnership with neighborhood services and public safety organizations, review and permit special events throughout the community to ensure public safety and enjoyable events for participants, spectators and the community.

SC 2.6 - Coordinated Responses

Coordinate with Larimer County, CSU, service providers and neighboring jurisdictions to provide coordinated responses to emergencies, public health issues and other high-impact events. Where mutually beneficial for all parties, consider IGAs or contracts for service with other jurisdictions where duplication of services can be avoided.

SC 2.7 - Emergency Preparedness

Maintain the emergency operations plan to guide the City’s response to disasters and other emergency events. Ensure that the plan outlines roles and responsibilities of City departments and staff during such events, as well as the continuity of government to ensure that the City can continue to operate during and immediately after a disaster.


Minimize risks to life, infrastructure and property from natural hazards or exposure to hazardous materials.

SC 3.1 - Hazard Mitigation Planning

Continue to implement and participate in future updates to the Larimer County Multi-Jurisdictional Hazard Mitigation Plan and other regional or statewide hazard-planning initiatives.

SC 3.2 - Floodplain Development

Discourage new development in the 100-year floodplain, balancing the need to protect public safety and allow natural hydraulic and hydrologic processes to occur, with economic and social objectives. Require structures and facilities that already exist in, or unavoidably must be located in, the floodplain to be designed to be consistent with the intent of the standards and criteria of the City of Fort Collins and the National Flood Insurance Program.

SC 3.3 - Flood Damage Mitigation

Recognize that the maintenance, restoration and enhancement of the natural resources and the beneficial function of floodplains is a concurrent goal with reducing human and wildlife vulnerability to flood damage.

SC 3.4 - Wildland Fires

Identify and mitigate the risk of wildland fires in and around Fort Collins and the GMA; collaborate with PFA, Larimer County and the U.S. Forest Service.

SC 3.5 - Hazardous Materials

Work to reduce risks associated with exposure to hazardous materials that are used in or transported through the city.


Provide opportunities for residents to lead healthy and active lifestyles and improve access to local food.

SC 4.1 - Active Transportation

Support means of active transportation (e.g., bicycling, walking, using wheelchairs, etc.) by continuing bike and pedestrian safety education and encouragement programs, providing law enforcement, and maintaining bike lanes, sidewalks, trails, lighting, and facilities for easy and safe use, as outlined in the Pedestrian Plan and Bicycle Plan.

SC 4.2 - Design for Active Living

Promote neighborhood and community design that encourages physical activity by establishing easy and equitable access to parks and trails, providing interesting routes that feature art and other visually interesting elements, and locating neighborhoods close to activity centers and services so that active modes of transportation are a desirable and convenient choice.

SC 4.3 - Community Gardens and Markets

Support cooperative efforts to establish community gardens; support and maintain new and existing local producers; and encourage retail opportunities, markets and Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) shares.

SC 4.4 - Regional Food System

Work collaboratively with regional partners and producers to identify leadership and advisory opportunities for the regional food system. Consider developing coordination and advisory roles to help facilitate dialogue on regional food system issues.

SC 4.5 - Community Horticulture

Encourage and support the establishment of community gardens and other horticultural projects throughout the city to provide food, beautification, education and other social benefits. Support the development of community-led horticulture projects and agricultural activities on appropriate City-owned lands (e.g., HOA-run garden plots in neighborhood parks, ongoing leasing for agricultural purposes, and farmers’ markets in public plazas and parking lots) and in both new and existing neighborhoods.

SC 4.6 - Sustainable Agricultural Practices

Promote sustainable soil- and pest-management practices such as Integrated Pest Management, Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) soil-health principles and organic farming practices.