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This Week in Development Review#

This Week in Development Review#

News and Updates   

  • A big thank you to everyone who attended and commented at the NISP SPAR neighborhood meeting last week.   If you missed the meeting, you can view the You can view some FAQs on the project at fcgov.com/nispreview
  • The City will be hosting two Q&A sessions to introduce the East Mulberry Project, explain the engagement process and answer initial questions related to possible annexation of the area.  Zoom link will be posted on Thursday at fcgov.com/planning/east-mulberry-plan
    • April 29th, 12:00PM- 1:30PM: Business-focused Q&A Session
    • April 29th, 6:00PM - 7:30PM: Resident-focused Q&A Session
  • The City is temporarily extending review times for development review proposals.  From April to July of 2021, the City will be adding one week to comment periods for first and second round submittal documents.   

This Week By the Numbers: 

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 is one (1) 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.  

Larimer County Alternative Sentencing Site Plan Advisory Review (SPAR)
Wednesday, April 28th, 6:00 PM
This is an expansion of the existing alternative sentencing building to provide new facilities and support space for work release/community corrections programs. The expansion adds approximately 50,000 square feet to the existing 54,000 square foot building. The expansion is part of the existing Larimer County Midpoint Detention Campus. Proposed site improvements include a parking lot renovation, drop off/pick up area, ¼ mile walking trail, outdoor exercise and courtyard spaces.  The campus is within the Employment (E) and Industrial (I) zone districts. As a public facility, this proposal is subject to a Site Plan Advisory Review (SPAR) by the Planning & Zoning Board. 


If you missed a recent neighborhood meeting, you can view recordings at ourcity.fcgov.com/devreview.

Hughes Stadium Redevelopment Updates#

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The City is working with CSU to determine if the SPAR process is appropriate for some or all of this site.  More information should be available soon.  

You can submit questions or comments on development review projects to devreviewcomments@fcgov.com anytime.

Project Proposals Near You#

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 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.  

Upcoming Board and Commission Meetings#

Zoning Board of Appeals | Thursday, May 13th

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.

Landmark Preservation Commission | Wednesday, May 19th

Visit https://www.fcgov.com/cityclerk/landmark-preservation for meeting minutes, agenda items, and participation information.  

For additional information, contact Karen McWilliams at kcmcwilliams@fcgov.com or 970-224-6078, or Jim Bertolini at jbertolini@fcgov.com or 970-416-4250, or see our Policies and Regulations page

Planning and Zoning Board | Thursday, May 20th

The Planning and Zoning Board's responsibilities include making recommendations to the City Council regarding zoning, annexations, major public and private projects and any long range planning activities (such as City Plan or subarea plans) that require Council approval.

The Board is also the final decision making authority regarding land use proposals including overall development plans, project development plans and any planned unit developments that remain from the City's previous land use regulations. In addition, the Board coordinates with the Poudre and Thompson school districts and the Larimer County Planning Commission.

Detailed agenda documents and virtual participation information are available here.

Building Review Board  | Thursday, May 27th

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 devreviewcomments@fcgov.com (refer to note at the top of the newsletter for liaison transition information).

More Info & Feedback#

For more information about development review, please visit fcgov.com/DevelopmentReview or call 970-221-6689. For previous issues of this e-newsletter, view the newsletter archive. Please email any feedback regarding this weekly service to devreviewcomments@fcgov.com.