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This Week in Development Review
Week of Sep 28 - Oct 2, 2020 Highlights
News and Updates
- The comment period for the subdivision of 2400 Kechter Rd (BDR200013) into two lots closes at 5:00 PM on Tuesday, September 29th. This request will be considered by the Planning Director, with no public hearing. You can submit comments electronically to c3RhdG1hbi1idXJyZXNzQGZjZ292LmNvbQ== or over the phone at 970-221-6343.
- The City of Fort Collins is considering updates to the Land Use Code. These are annual updates meant to increase clarity and consistency in the code, not introduce new code items. This year, there are 27 potential changes. The Planning and Zoning Commission will review these changes over the next few months and have a public hearing in October, with a Council hearing later this fall. You can review the proposed changes and provide feedback at https://www.fcgov.com/developmentreview/land-use-code-changes.
This Week By the Numbers:
Project FAQs: Manufactured Housing Zone District
What’s going on with manufactured housing in Fort Collins?
In the summer of 2019, City Council initiated a moratorium on the acceptance of development applications that could result in the partial or total closing of manufactured housing communities. Councilmembers also directed staff to investigate livability issues at these communities and to help clarify rights and responsibilities of manufactured housing owners and residents. Since then, City staff have been exploring possible changes to the zoning and regulation of manufactured housing communities.
What changes are proposed to the zoning of manufactured housing communities?
The City is considering creating a new Manufactured Housing (M-H) zone district as a tool to promote the preservation of existing manufactured housing communities The new M-H district allows manufactured housing and only a small number of other uses, such as childcare, places of worship, and parks/recreation facilities. Other land uses such as apartments, offices, and retail, which are currently allowed by existing zoning, would not be permitted in the new M-H district. The goal is to reduce the likelihood that an existing manufactured housing community would close due to redevelopment.
How would the new M-H district be applied?
The City is considering changing the zoning for existing manufactured housing communities to the new M-H district this fall. If the City initiates this zoning change, special signs will be posted at the entrance of each property and additional mailed letters will be sent to residents and nearby property owners. The rezoning process requires hearings with both the Planning and Zoning Board and City Council and there will be opportunities to provide comments at these public meetings in-person or by phone, letter, or email.
Will the M-H district impact new manufactured housing communities?
The intention of the zone district is to preserve existing manufactured housing communities. There are currently no plans to apply the new M-H zone district to vacant land for new development. The City has other zone districts that already permit new manufactured housing development.
What other code changes are proposed?
Both the City of Fort Collins and the State of Colorado have also recently adopted a number of code and policy changes to increase protections for residents living in manufactured housing communities. Key changes include:
- Transparency for water utility billing including seeing monthly charges for the whole park and formulas used to calculate each unit’s portion of the total bill
- Protections against retaliation
- Creation of a new statewide Mobile Home Park Dispute Resolution Center
- Designation of tree maintenance as the responsibility of mobile home park owners; the cost of this can no longer be charged to residents
Community Q&A Update
On July 23rd, more than 50 community members joined virtually for a Community Q&A with Sun Communities, the applicant for a potential new mobile home park in south Fort Collins. Over the course of 90 minutes, Sun Communities shared updated site plans and responded to detailed questions on site management, potential amenities, site design, and affordability.
This event was a follow up to the code-required meeting held in May. Notification was shared through the weekly development review newsletter and other relevant email lists, posted on several City sites, shared on NextDoor, and mailed to neighbors in the surrounding area. Unfortunately, a delay with the printer led to late delivery of the postcard to some neighbors.
For those who were unable to attend, a recording of the Q&A session is available on the “What’s New in Development Review” OurCity page. We will be developing a summary document with all the responses given during the meeting, as well as responses to any additional questions from Sun Communities that we weren’t able to get to that evening. This document will be posted online, and will be provided to decision-makers should the project go forward to a public hearing. Community members are always invited to submit questions or comments to ZGV2cmV2aWV3Y29tbWVudHNAZmNnb3YuY29t.
The next official step in the process is for the applicant to submit their formal modification requests for City review. Once reviewed, the requests would be presented to the Planning and Zoning Board for decision. Because this project is currently planned to have two submissions (one for modifications and another for the development proposal), we anticipate that there will be more opportunities to interact with Sun Communities and ask questions in the future.
Hughes Stadium Redevelopment Updates
The virtual special public hearing has been CANCELED. We will provide more updates as they become available.
Neighborhood Meetings Occurring Virtually
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.
Neighborhood meetings are being conducted remotely. Community members can participate over the phone, on the internet, or through the Zoom app on a smartphone, iPad, or computer. You do not need a paid Zoom account to participate.
There are zero (0) virtual neighborhood meetings this week. Virtual participation information will be available at https://www.fcgov.com/developmentreview/proposals at least 48 hours in advance of each meeting. If you do not have access to the internet or need assistance, call 970-224-6076.
There are zero (0) virtual neighborhood meetings upcoming. Virtual participation information will be available at https://www.fcgov.com/developmentreview/proposals at least 48 hours in advance of each meeting. If you do not have access to the internet or need assistance, call 970-224-6076.
If you missed a recent neighborhood meeting, you can view recordings at ourcity.fcgov.com/devreview.
Project Proposals Near You
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.
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.
Administrative hearings are being conducted remotely. You can participate over the phone, on the internet, or through the Zoom app on a smartphone, iPad, or computer. You do not need a paid Zoom account to participate.
There are zero (0) VIRTUAL administrative hearings occurring this week.
There are two (2) virtual administrative hearings upcoming: Virtual participation information will be available at https://www.fcgov.com/developmentreview/proposals at least 48 hours in advance of each meeting. If you do not have access to the internet or need assistance, call 970-224-6076.
3009 S. Taft Hill Rd. Single-Family Home, FDP190027
Tuesday, October 13th, 5:30 PM
This is a request to construct a new single-family residence and relocate an existing shed at 3009 S Taft Hill Road. The lot is approximately 4.2 acres in size and will be required to provide a buffer from the Pleasant Valley and Lake Canal. The Pleasant Valley and Lake Canal Company has removed trees and brush from the site and is unrelated to this development. Development would take access from an existing drive entrance along S Taft Hill Road.
Nittman Subdivision, FDP200008
Tuesday, October 13th, 5:30 PM
This proposal is to subdivide the existing lot to create one new additional lot for one new single-family dwelling unit. The new lot will be approximately 2.44 acres. Access to the new residence will be taken from a shared driveway between the two lots from Scenic Drive to the south.
Planning And Zoning Board/Type 2 Hearings
Next Meeting: October 15th
Agenda documents and virtual participation information will be available here.
September 17th Hearing Results
CONSENT AGENDA (Approved 7-0)
1. Draft Minutes for the P&Z August Hearing
The purpose of this item is to approve the draft minutes of the August 20, 2020, Planning and Zoning Board hearing.
2. Mountain View Community Church
This is a request for a Project Development Plan to convert an existing building from the last known use of business office building to a place of worship.
3. Brothers BBQ (Approved 7-0, with conditions)
This is a proposed Project Development Plan to redevelop an existing abandoned gas station for a barbeque restaurant. The property is within the Low Density Mixed-Use Neighborhood District (LMN).
4. Timberline Church Rezone (Approved 7-0, with conditions)
This is a request for a rezone of Lots 1-5 and Tract A of the Timberline Church Campus from Low Density Mixed-Use Neighborhood (L-M-N) to Medium Density Mixed-Use Neighborhood (M-M-N).
5. Ridgewood Hills Fifth Filing (Approved 7-0, with conditions)
This is a proposed Project Development Plan (PDP) for residential development comprising 362 units in a combination of multi-family buildings, townhomes, and duplexes distributed across the 34-acre site. The project is located on the west side of S. College Avenue/US Hwy 287 between Triangle Drive and Long View Farm Open Space where Avondale Road/Carpenter Road define the southern edge of the City.
Landmark Preservation Commission & Historic Preservation
Next Meeting: Wednesday, October 14th
Visit https://www.fcgov.com/cityclerk/landmark-preservation for meeting minutes, agenda items, and participation information.
For additional information, contact Karen McWilliams at a2NtY3dpbGxpYW1zQGZjZ292LmNvbQ== or 970-224-6078, or Jim Bertolini at amJlcnRvbGluaUBmY2dvdi5jb20= or 970-416-4250, or see our Policies and Regulations page.
Zoning Board Of Appeals
Next Hearing: Thursday, October 8th
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. Agendas and virtual participation information will be available at https://www.fcgov.com/cityclerk/zoning-appeals.php.
October Hearing Agenda
Address: 5830 Southridge Greens Blvd
Project Description: This is a variance request to build a patio cover 2 feet into the required 15-foot rear yard setback.
Address: 1501 Peterson St.
Project Description: This is a variance request for a patio cover to encroach 4 feet into the required 15-foot corner sideyard setback.
Building Review Board
Next Hearing: | Thursday, September 24th, 9:00 AM
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 9:00 am 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 send questions or comments to ZGV2cmV2aWV3Y29tbWVudHNAZmNnb3YuY29t (refer to note at the top of the newsletter for liaison transition information).