Why a Review?
The Landmark Preservation Commission will ensure that, to the maximum extent feasible: (1) historic sites, structures or objects are preserved and incorporated into the proposed development and any undertaking that may potentially alter the characteristics of the historic property is done in a way that does not adversely affect the integrity or significance of the historic property; and (2) new construction is designed to respect the historic character of the site and any historic properties in the surrounding neighborhood. This Section is intended to protect designated or individually eligible historic sites, structures or objects, as well as sites, structures or objects in designated historic districts, whether on or adjacent to the development site. The code provisions regulating the development review process are contained in Section 3.4.7 of the Fort Collins Land Use Code.
How Long Will This Take?
The Conceptual Review (Step 1) has a minimum 30-day public posting / notice requirement. - The Area of Adjacency Review (Step 2) takes no longer than two weeks from the required submittal. - The Final Hearing (Step 3) has a minimum 30-day public posting / notice requirement.
Step 1: Public Hearing - Conceptual
This is an opportunity for the applicant to discuss requirements, standards, design issues and policies that apply to landmarks or sites, structures and objects within a landmark district. Problems can be identified and solved prior to final review of the application. Conceptual review of any proposed work may be limited to certain portions of the work as deemed appropriate by the Commission. If, upon review of the proposed work, the Commission determines that conceptual review is not necessary given the absence of a significant impact on the landmark or landmark district involved, it may be waived by the Commission, and the Commission may then proceed to consider the proposed work on final review at the same meeting.
Step 2: Area of Adjacency
The Landmark Preservation Commission recommends an Area of Adjacency at the Conceptual Review to ensure compatibility of new construction near historic resources. Automatically included are all designated Landmarks. All properties within the Area of Adjacency aged 50 years and older will be evaluated by the Director of Community Development and Neighborhood Services (CDNS) and the Chair of the Landmark Preservation Commission (LPC) for their potential qualification for Fort Collins Landmark designation.
- Not Eligible Your building or structure has limited historical or architectural significance, or has endured numerous exterior changes, or both. If it is Not Eligible, then, following the posting (and assuming no appeal), you are finished with this process.
- Contributing Your building or structure retains enough architectural integrity and historic character to contribute to a group of similar resources (a district), but is not typically eligible for landmark designation on its own. If your building is Contributing, then, following the posting (and assuming no appeal), you are finished with this process.
- Individually Eligible Your building or structure has significance and has substantially retained its architectural integrity. The property may have had some alterations, but these do not compromise its historic significance. You will need to meet further requirements, discussed below.
The Chair's and Director's non-binding determinations of the eligibility of the property and of the effect of the proposed work take no longer than two weeks to complete.
Step 3: Public Hearing - Final
Each application shall be finally reviewed and approved by the Commission at the same meeting as the Commission's conceptual review of the application, if any, or at a subsequent meeting of the Commission. During final review, the Commission shall consider the application and any changes made by the applicant since conceptual review.
All final decisions of the LPC may also be appealed to the City Council. It is important to be aware that no new information may be considered by Council, so be sure to provide any relevant information at the LPC public hearing.