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Planned Development Overlay District (PDOD)

Pilot Is Underway - Learn How To Participate

City Council approved a pilot to test a Planned Development Overlay District (PDOD). This district 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, PDOD may be right for you. See the complete ordinance with new code language.

Pilot Details

Through August 2014, the City will accept up to five development submittals for projects wishing to use PDOD. The project does not need approval within the timeframe; the timeframe only applies to formal project development plan submittals. Note: your project must be located within the PDOD pilot boundary.

Pilot Taskforce

A taskforce of local residents was created for the purpose of evaluating the PDOD pilot. This taskforce meets on a regular basis to assist Council in determining whether PDOD is functioning as intended.

Pdod Basics

  • Article 4 of the 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, and Projects must comply with the following Sections in their entirety: 3.4.1, 3.4.7, and 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.


Since 2011, Staff worked in collaboration with the Planning and Zoning Board (P&Z) 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. 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, it was adopted in February 2013 by City Council.

Check out what Council and P&Z had to say about the PDOD from previous staff presentations:
- February 26, 2013, City Council meeting
- February 12, 2013, City Council meeting
- June 21, 2012, Planning & Zoning Board meeting
- April 19, 2012 Planning & Zoning Board hearing
- January 31, 2012 City Council work session
- June 14, 2011 City Council work session
- November 17, 2011 Planning & Zoning Board hearing

What to learn more?

Download the FAQs to learn more about this new zone district.


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