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A summary of draft recommendations from the consultant, Clarion, Inc. of Denver, is now available. The draft reports that provide the background analysis for these recommendations are available below. Staff will present the recommendations along with stakeholder feedback at the April 24, 2018 City Council Work Session. In anticipation of that meeting, please submit any comments on the proposed code and process changes to Karen McWilliams, a21jd2lsbGlhbXNAZmNnb3YuY29t

HP Code And Process Review - Project Objective

The Fort Collins Historic Preservation Division is in the final phase of a comprehensive review to identify existing code sections and related processes that support the policies confirmed during the previous review in 2012-2014, and to identify those that need improvement, with accompanying implementation strategies.

The City has contracted with Clarion, Inc., a respected firm with experience in preservation and urban planning, infill development, design, and economic evaluation.  Based upon an examination of preservation practices locally and nationwide, and with input from stakeholder groups, policy makers and citizens, the project will recommend tailored solutions that meet our specific local needs.

The review, which will conclude in late March 2018, will examine traditional processes, such as landmark designation, design review, and the review of demolitions or alterations of buildings 50 years or older, as well as emerging issues important to the community, such as identifying compatible and appropriate infill development.

Historic Preservation staff will present recommendations to City Council at the April 24, 2018 work session. Based on input from Council, staff will present code revisions for adoption in June/July 2018.

Committee Goals

  • Review historic preservation codes and processes
  • Identify strengths and weaknesses
  • Provide recommendations to consulting firm

Meetings and Schedule

Meeting Date Minutes Clarion Reports PowerPoint
March 7, 2017 View Minutes    
April 5, 2017 View Minutes    
May 3, 2017 View Minutes    
June 7, 2017 View Minutes    
July 12, 2017 Clarion Introduction    
August 2, 2017 View Minutes    
September 6, 2017 View Minutes View Report View Slides
October 4, 2017 View Minutes View Report View Slides
November 1, 2017 View Minutes   View Slides
December 6, 2017 View Minutes View Report View Slides
January 10, 2018 View Minutes View 12/6 Report View Slides
January 24, 2018 View Minutes View 12/6 Report View Slides
February 7, 2018 View Minutes View Report View Slides
March 7, 2018 View Minutes No Report View Part 1
View Part 2
April 4, 2018 Coming soon! View Consolidated Report View Slides
May 2, 2018      

Current Members


Lucia Liley, Attorney, or Janelle Kechter, Legal Assistant
Matt Robenalt, Executive Director, DDA
Sherry Albertson-Clark, Independent Planning Consultant
Dr. Sarah Payne, CSU History Department
Brian Cooke, Visit Fort Collins ambassador, business writer & editor, OTR Global, Owner of Landmarked Home
Chris Aronson, Architect, Vaught Frye Larson Assoc.
Steve Schroyer, Director, Blue Ocean Real Estate
James MacDowell, Realtor, Owner of Landmarked Income-Producing Property
Brian Dunbar, Institute for the Built Environment
Jennifer Carpenter, Realtor, P&Z Board Representative
Meg Dunn, LPC Representative, Owner of Landmarked Home
Anita Rehner, Old Town Homeowner
Darryl Austin, Old Town Homeowner
Per Hogestad, Architect, Owner of Landmarked Home
David Dixon, Representative of Local History Groups

City Staff:

Karen McWilliams, Historic Preservation Division Manager
Tom Leeson, Director, Community Development and Neighborhood Services
Maren Bzdek, Senior Historic Preservation Planner
Cassandra Bumgarner, Historic Preservation Planner
Brad Yatabe, Assistant City Attorney