Historic Districts are concentrations of historic resources in a given area that relate to a common historical or architectural theme from the past. Districts are established by federal, state, or local governments and can include historic neighborhoods, commercial areas, farms and ranches, parks, etc. Depending on what level of government designated the district, there may be different outcomes, financial incentives, and obligations for property owners.
Fort Collins Landmark Districts
Landmark Districts have been designated by Fort Collins City Council for protection due to their historical or architectural importance (or both). Historic designation results in no changes to allowable uses or ownership, but does mean that exterior alterations undergo review by City staff or the City Landmarks Preservation Commission under Chapter 14 of the City Municipal Code to ensure the preservation of historic character and materials. Development and building permits will not be issued until approval under Chapter 14 is finalized, and property owners in these districts to qualify for state and local preservation incentives.
Below are Fort Collins' current Landmark Districts:
National Register Historic Districts
The National Register of Historic Places (NRHP) was created in 1966 as the nation's official list of places worthy of preservation. Listing an historic district in the National Register of Historic Places is mostly honorary, but may qualify certain projects on listed properties for financial incentives. Some local governments also review development on federally-designated historic properties to encourage their preservation. The City of Fort Collins, reviews exterior development on NRHP-listed properties (both individual and in historic districts) to document whether the development does or does not meet the Secretary of the Interior's Standards for Treatment of Historic Properties. The review encourages the meeting the Standards, and utilizing financial incentives, to ensure these important resources remain listed in the National Register. Property owners qualify for local, state, and possibly federal preservation incentives.