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This Week in Development Review

Week of February 19 – February 23, 2018


Picture of Development Review Sign How Will I Know If A Project Is Proposed Near Me?
This site provides information about development review proposals at all stages of the process. Property owners within at least an 800-foot radius (or a greater distance in accordance with the standards outlined in the Land Use Code) of the boundaries of the parcel are notified via US Postal Service of any neighborhood meetings and hearings for development review proposals. Additionally, a notice is placed in The Coloradoan and a sign is posted on the property when a formal application has been submitted, or earlier, if a neighborhood meeting is planned.

This service is provided to keep community members informed about potential development projects and related policy discussions. To receive a weekly email of the content of this page, please enter your email in the box to the right.

Information about Development Proposals

Information on current development proposals is available online. Check out the 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; or by a keyword search including any part of the project name, street name or number; and more.

Conceptual Reviews & Preliminary Design Reviews

Conceptual or preliminary design reviews are the first step in the review process, where applicants can determine the feasibility of a potential project prior to a possible formal submittal. Preliminary design reviews go into more detail than conceptual reviews. Some projects will move forward into the formal development review process; others will not.


There is one Conceptual Design Review scheduled for February 26:

  • Cellular Equipment – Boardwalk and JFK
    This is a request to remove an existing light pole within the parking lot at 140 Boardwalk Dr. and add a pole with a concealed antenna at the top and equipment at the base. The existing light pole is approximately 25 feet 7 inches and the replacement pole is approximately 35 feet tall. The proposed project is within the General Commercial (CG) zone district and is subject to Administrative (Type 1) review.
  • 702 West Drake – Office Building
    This is a request to construct a 2-story medical/office building on Lot 4 of Market Centre PUD 19th Replat at 702 W Drake Rd. The proposed building is approximately 25,000 square feet. 68 parking stalls are provided on lot J, meeting the PUD requirements. Access to the building and parking would be from the existing parking lot at 702 W Drake Rd, off Worthington Ave on the west. The proposed project is within the Employment (E) zone district and is subject to Administrative (Type 1) review.
  • Industrial Drive Mixed-Use
    This is a request to construct a 2 story, mixed use building on Lot 1 of the Industrial Business Park International PUD. The proposed live/work units would be accessed from the east off Timberline Dr. The proposed project is currently in the county and would be annexed upon development.

There are no Preliminary Design Reviews scheduled at this time.

Neighborhood Meetings

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 provide feedback and/or ask the developer questions about the project as proposed.

There are two neighborhood meetings scheduled at this time:

  • Meeting: Loaf and Jug Fuel Center
    Meeting Time and Location: AmericInn Lodge and Suites, Fort Collins South, Thursday, March 1, 2018, 6:00 – 7:30 P.M., 7645 Westgate Drive (SE corner of E. CR 32 and I-25)
    This is a request to construct a convenience store with car wash and fuel pumps at the northwest corner of I-25 and CO 392. The site would be accessed off of SW Frontage Rd. Parking is provided along the east and west of the property, as well as in front of the building and the drive through carwash is located at the rear of the building. The property is located in the General Commercial (CG) zone district and is subject to Planning and Zoning Board (Type 2) review.
  • Meeting: 1601 W Drake – Wireless Telecommunication Facility
    Meeting time and Location: Fort Collins Bible Church, 2550 S Taft Hill Road
    Thursday, March 1, 2018, 6:00 – 7:30 P.M.
    This is a request to construct a 100 foot tall wireless telecommunication facility in the north parking lot of Summitview Community Church (parcel # 9727232901). The 100 foot monopine and ground equipment would be located in an existing parking lot island and surrounded by a nine foot tall brick and wood fence. The project is located in the Public Open Lands (POL) zone district and is subject to Administrative (Type 1) review.

Recent Applications

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.

Most recent development proposals under review:

  • East Gateway Annexation
    This is a request to annex three portions of land collectively known as the East Gateway Annexation.
    One Overall Development Plan (ODP) is currently under review:
  • Northfield – Overall Development Plan – northwest corner of Suniga and Lemay Ave
    This is a request for an Overall Development Plan for a56.25- acre site to be developed and convert the use into 3 parcels of Multi-family and a small parcel of commercial. There will be 4 building types with a total of 212-480 units possible and density is 4-9 dwelling units per acre.

Final Development Plans (FDPs) are typically submitted following approval of Project Development Plans or Major Amendments at public hearings, and are reviewed by staff for consistency with the approved plans. No new submissions this week. One Final Development Plan was submitted recently:

  • Trail Head Tracts F&G Townhomes – at East Vine Drive at Greenfields Drive
    This is a Final Plan request to build single-family attached housing on Tracts G & F of the Trail Head subdivision. The two tracts are located on the north side of East Vine Drive, flanking Greenfields Drive where it enters the Trail Head neighborhood. The proposal indicates 89 townhomes, each on its own lot, with extensive common areas throughout the development plan. Zoning is Low Density Mixed-Use Neighborhood (LMN), and the proposal requires Planning and Zoning Board (Type 2) review.
  • Platte River Power Authority Campus – 2000 E. Horsetooth Rd
    This is a Final Plan for Platte River Power Authority Campus located at 2000 E Horsetooth Rd. The site is approximately 17 acres with the site plan indicating the original headquarters (constructed in 1984) and various out-buildings to be demolished. As proposed, the project includes a new administration/customer service building, a new operations building, a new warehouse and other various storage and other out-buildings. The total new square footage would be approximately 80,000 square feet. Existing structures would be demolished. the project would be constructed in phases. Two access points would be closed, one on S. Timberline Rd. and one on E. Horsetooth Rd. The new site design will allow public access from the existing curb cut located on East Horsetooth Rd and gated access from Danfield Court. The existing pond will remain in its current location and be relined and expanded. The site is zoned Employment (E), and subject to review by the Planning and Zoning Board.
  • St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church Expansion – 5450 S. Lemay
    This is a Final Plan request for an expansion of the existing St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church. The new addition would be 15,650 sq. ft. to provide additional worship space for the church. The new addition would accommodate 800 seats, 150 seats more than the existing worship hall can accommodate currently. The existing worship hall will be repurposed as the narthex area.

Information regarding all current proposals, including Minor Amendments (MAs), is available in an interactive table of Development Proposals Under Review, or by calling the Development Review Center at 970-221-6750.

Administrative/Type 1 Hearings

Administrative/Type 1 hearings are public hearings conducted by a hearing officer. The hearing officer considers public 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. Written decisions are provided by the hearing officer within two weeks of these hearings.

There are no Adminstrative Hearings scheduled at this time.

Most Recent Hearing Outcomes:

  • Spirit at the River, PDP170026: Notice of Hearing Decision mailed today, Thursday, 2/8/18. Approved with Conditions
    Project Description: This is a Project Development Plan to construct a 79,619 square foot 4- story hotel with 107 guest rooms as well as a 5984 square foot detached restaurant at 301 Lincoln Ave. The southern portion of the site is shown as a restored native area with a connection to the Poudre Trail. All of the existing structures on-site would be demolished as part of this proposal. Two access points are proposed. The western most access would allow for full movement while the eastern access would only allow right in/right out.  The site is located in the Community Commercial Poudre River District (CCR) zone district. This proposal will be subject to an Administrative (Type I) review.
  • FTC Mugs Coffee SC, PDP170031: Notice of Hearing Decision emailed today, Thursday, 2/8/18. Approved
    Project Description: This is a Project Development Plan request for wireless-telecommunications equipment that will be located on the top of a three-story building along College Avenue and the east side of Colorado State University. The antenna is to be located inside a new square chimney structure, 8'-4" above the existing roof height and shall be painted to match the primary color of the building.  Subject to a Type I hearing.
  • FTC Unify SC-1, PDP170022: Notice of Hearing Decision emailed today, Thursday, 2/8/18. Approved
    Project Description: This is a request for a Project Development Plan to install wireless - telecommunications equipment at 185 N. College Ave.

Planning and Zoning Board/Type 2 Hearings

Next Meeting: March 15th – Regular Hearing
At 6:00pm, in City Hall, Council Chambers at 300 Laporte Ave., Fort Collins, CO, the Planning and Zoning Board will conduct a regular hearing.

Outcomes from the February 15th hearing:

Consent:

  • Item continued to March 15th hearing: Harmony Commons Lot 5 Major Amendment – Child Care Center
    This is a request to amend the approved Final Plan for Harmony Commons Lot 5 for a new Child Care Facility. As proposed, the one-story building would contain 12,142 square feet. Lot 5 is 1.8 acres in size and located at the northwest corner of Lady Moon Drive and Timberwood Drive. Lot 5was originally approved for a two-story, 25,000 square foot medical office building in 2016. Access would be from internal private drives with no direct access to either Lady Moon or Timberwood Drives. The site is a portion of Tract S of the Harmony Technology Park Overall Development Plan, Seventh Amendment, and represents an individual phase of a larger (total of seven lots) commercial center. The site is zoned H-C, Harmony Corridor.

Discussion:

  • Approved: Long Pond Wireless Telecommunications Facility PDP
    This is a request for a Project Development Plan to build a telecommunications tower housed within a 2,500 sq. ft. wireless facility. This facility will house wireless telecommunications equipment to provide wireless service to the surrounding area. No wireless equipment is proposed at this time. The proposed tower would be 45 feet tall and disguised as a silo. This tower and facility will be used for structural support of up to three wireless providers. Each provider will install antennas and on-the-ground base station equipment. The site is located in the Low Density Mixed-Use Neighborhood (LMN) zone district and, as such, the wireless telecommunication facility use is subject to the review and approval by the City Council. On January 16, 2018, City Council will consider second reading of an ordinance approving the Addition of Permitted Use for this project.

The agenda and hearing packets for work sessions and regular meetings are available online approximately a week before the meetings or by contacting the Development Review Center at 970-221-6750.

City Council

Regular Meeting, February 20th: At 6:00pm, in the Council Chambers at 300 Laporte Ave., City Council will conduct a Work Session. Agenda items related to Planning and Development:

  • Staff Report: Neighborhood Connections program update
    Provide an update on the Neighborhood Connections program.  This program was designed to connect people within and across neighborhoods and with City services to ensure strong and more involved neighbors.  This update will share how the program has evolved and where it is to-date.

Agendas are posted online on the Thursday afternoon prior to each meeting.

Landmark Preservation Commission & Historic Preservation

Wednesday, February 21st – Regular Hearing
At 5:30 pm, in City Hall, Council Chambers at 300 Laporte Ave., Fort Collins, CO, the Landmark Preservation Commission (LPC) will conduct a Regular Hearing.

Demolition/Alteration Review and Appeals
Whenever a permit or development approval is sought for a building or structure 50 years old or older, the property is reviewed under Section 14-72 of the Municipal Code. Properties currently under review/appeal are listed at fcgov.com/LPC.

The following determinations were made:

  • 810 E Myrtle St Built 1904
    Decision on Proposed Work: N/A Determination of Eligibility
    Decision on Landmark Determination: Not Individually Eligible
    Appeal Deadline: 03/01/2018
  • 527 N Loomis Ave Built 1900
    Decision on Proposed Work: N/A Determination of Eligibility
    Decision on Landmark Determination: Not Individually Eligible
    Appeal Deadline: 2/21/2018
  • 346 N Loomis Ave Built 1915
    Decision on Proposed Work: N/A Determination of Eligibility
    Decision on Landmark Determination: Not Individually Eligible
    Appeal Deadline: 2/21/2018

Information can be found online at: fcgov.com/cityclerk/landmark-preservation, under the date of the meeting, or is available by contacting Cassandra Bumgarner, Historic Preservation Planner, at 970-416-4250.
For additional information, contact Karen McWilliams at a2NtY3dpbGxpYW1zQGZjZ292LmNvbQ== or 970-224-6078, or Cassandra Bumgarner at Y2J1bWdhcm5lckBmY2dvdi5jb20= or 970-416-4250, or see our Demolition/Alteration Review page.

Zoning Board of Appeals

Next Hearing: Thursday, March 8th - Regular Hearing
At 8:30AM, in City Hall, Council Chambers at 300 Laporte Ave., Fort Collins, CO, the Zoning Board of Appeals will conduct a Public Hearing

Outcomes from February 8th hearing:

  • 1404 W. Oak Street – Approved
    The variance request is to finish the loft space in an accessory building. This request requires the allowance of an extra 281 square feet of floor area over the maximum 600 square feet in a detached accessory building size.
  • 315 N Whitcomb Street – 1st Variance Approved as Requested, 2nd Variance Approved with condition that the 2.5 foot setback apply only to the existing porch
    This is a request for two variances.  The first request is to allow the proposed 2-story addition to encroach one foot into the 5 feet right (north) side setback and the eave to extend 6 inches into the 2.5 foot eave setback.  The second request is to allow an existing enclosed porch to encroach 2 feet into the 5 feet left (south) side setback and the eave to extend 6 inches into the 2.5 foot eave setback.


The Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) has the authority to approve variances from the requirements in the Land Use Code. It meets on the second Thursday of each month at 8:30 am in Council Chambers at 300 Laporte Avenue. Agendas and past meeting minutes are available at http://www.fcgov.com/cityclerk/zoning-appeals.php.'

Building Review Board

Next Hearing: Thursday, February 22nd
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 on the last Thursday of each month at 1:00 pm in Council Chambers at 300 Laporte Avenue. Agendas and past meeting minutes are available at fcgov.com/BRB.

Information on the Review Process

Have you checked out the City's Citizen's Role in Development Review flowchart and guide? We hope this guide will aid you in making the process easier to understand and enable you to participate. Questions? Please contact Sylvia Tatman-Burruss, Neighborhood Development Review Outreach Specialist, at 970-224-6076 or c3RhdG1hbi1idXJydXNzQGZjZ292LmNvbQ==.

More Info & Feedback

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