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City Considers Updates to Oil and Gas Regulations

Released on Wednesday, December 13, 2017
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The City of Fort Collins is seeking input on potential changes in regulations related to new residential and commercial development near oil and gas operations. Currently, the City’s Land Use Code requires a buffer of 350 feet between all new land development and both active oil and gas operations and abandoned wells.

Two updates to the Land Use Code are currently under consideration:

  • Increase the setback of new development from existing, active oil and gas wells from 350 feet to 500 feet or the standard state setback for new wells, whichever is greater.
  • Reduce setback of new development from plugged and abandoned wells from 350 feet to 100 feet if the wells are plugged to current state standards.

The City would like to hear from community members about these code changes. An online survey is currently available to collect questions and comments from residents, property owners and other stakeholders. The survey will be available until January 11, 2018 at the following website:

“The City is committed to protecting the health and safety of those who live or work near current or past oil and gas operations,” said Rebecca Everette, Senior Environmental Planner with the City of Fort Collins, “These code changes would ensure that we are taking adequate precautions near active oil and gas wells, while also offering an incentive for land developers to permanently plug and abandon wells on development sites.”

The City will also host a series of drop-in times for one-on-one conversations with City staff. All drop-in sessions will be held at 215 N. Mason St., Conference Room 2B (second floor):

  • Tuesday, December 19, 1-4 pm
  • Tuesday, January 2, 1-4 pm
  • Tuesday, January 9, 1-4 pm
  • Additional meeting times available upon request

Following the online survey and drop-in sessions, these code changes will be considered by the Planning & Zoning Board and City Council. Each hearing will include an opportunity for additional public participation and comment. Additional information about the hearings will be announced online once the dates and times have been determined.

Please visit the City’s Oil and Gas website for more information: