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The Award-Winning "Plan Van" Hits the Streets Again with Free Fall Tours!

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October is National Community Planning Month, See Planning in Action, Talk One-on-One with Local Planners!
Many of you do not realize the impact planning has on your daily routines. From where you live, shop and play to how you get to work are all influenced by planning. Planning is one thing we can do as a community to help shape our future, to decide what works best. Did you know this? Do you know a planner?

These thoughts are the reasons for the Plan Van, our mobile tours about planning. Our goal is to get citizens and planners outdoors, to see planning on the ground. Our goal is to give and gain perspective while standing on the site itself. Our goal is to listen, talk and discuss. Most importantly, our goal is to get people to join us and experience Fort Collins. And it works! There was great response to the inaugural 2007 tours, and the City netted a Colorado Planning Association award for community engagement in 2008.

The Plan Van continues to roll. Various City of Fort Collins planning departments are giving FREE Plan Van tours throughout October to celebrate National Planning Month. We encourage you to take advantage of this terrific occasion to have one-on-one conversations about projects, past and present, and join us on a tour. Please visit https://www.fcgov.com/planvan or call Advance Planning at 970-221-6376 to sign-up. If you are not able to go on a tour, don’t worry. Check out https://www.fcgov.com/planvan to get your self-guided tour brochures and you can do-it-yourself.


FRIDAY OCTOBER 2 - 10AM TO NOON
From the Front Porch to the Stars: How Neighborhood Planning Has Evolved
Hop on as we travel through time from 1873 to 2007! City Planner Clark Mapes will showcase the planning evolution of our neighborhoods and streets; starting in Old Town then traveling decade by decade to end at the Stargazing Observatory in Observatory Village.

FRIDAY OCTOBER 2 - 10AM TO NOON
From the Fort to the Future: A Walk Thru Our Downtown River District
Ever wonder where's the Fort in Fort Collins? Senior Planner Timothy Wilder will share everything from our humble military beginnings to this district's current infusion of culture and housing. Wear your walking shoes for this short jaunt around downtown and the river.

SATURDAY OCTOBER 3 - 10AM TO NOON
Ghost Signs Haunt Old Town: A Downtown Walking Tour
Once brightly painted on the sides of buildings, but now lost or fading away, "ghost signs" are tucked throughout Old Town. Get a little history lesson from Preservation Planner Karen McWilliams on advertising signs, sign painters and what is being done to preserve them. Wear your walking shoes for this 1-mile jaunt around Old Town.

FRIDAY OCTOBER 9 - 10AM TO NOON
From Housing to A Helping Hand: How Public Money Makes Fort Collins Better
You'll see first hand how affordable housing is developed, who benefits, and the City's role. The tour will showcase publically-funded housing projects and will also stop at one of Fort Collins' vital social services, Respite Care, providing care for children with developmental disabilities.

FRIDAY OCTOBER 16 - 10AM TO NOON
North College is Movin' On Up: How the Urban Renewal Authority is a Revitializer
When you're hot, you're hot. North College is moving and quaking with new development, funded in part by utilizing an urban renewal authority. Join Christina Vincent, our Urban Renewal Planner, and see what synergy really looks like!

FRIDAY OCTOBER 16 - 10AM TO NOON
The Mountain Vista Subarea Plan: Preparation is the Key to Success
With about 1,500 acres of vacant land, is the Mountain Vista area prepared for our city's growth? While many plans establish a wish list for future development (including a high school, community park, commercial center and employment center) the time to refine this vision is now, not later. Senior Planner Pete Wray will take you along East Vine Drive, Timberline Road, Mountain Vista Drive, and around the Anheuser-Busch Brewery to share the how and why behind this area’s future development and street alignments.

FRIDAY OCTOBER 30 - 10AM TO NOON
Fort Collins Was So Hip: Our Unique 1950-60s Neighborhoods
Did you know Fort Collins has many examples of 1950-60s architecture and design? In fact, Fort Collins is home to one of only two 1960s neighborhoods on Colorado's National Register. Take a little trip with Preservation Planner Pam Opiela and revisit the era of bomb shelters, space-age kitchen appliances, and mid-century modernism. Wear your comfortable blue suede shoes — there is some walking.

How To Get On A Plan Van Tour Seats on the Plan Van are limited, so sign-up today by emailing cnBoaWxsaXBzQGZjZ292LmNvbQ== or calling 970-221-6376. (Please provide which tour, your name, number in your party and contact info in case the tour is CANCELED.)