2023 Land Use Code Updates
On November 1, 2022, City Council adopted a new Land Development Code that would have replaced the 1997 Land Use Code. A referendum was received and certified sufficient by the City Clerk regarding the City’s new Land Development Code. As a result, the new code was repealed and did not go into effect on January 1, 2023. Click HERE for additional information on the referendum.
At a City Council work session on February 14th, City staff outlined potential paths forward for housing-related changes to the Land Use Code, as a replacement for the repealed Land Development Code. Over the coming months City staff will be re-engaging the community and drafting new code language, with the hope of returning to City Council with a new code for adoption in late summer or early fall.
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Land Use Code Audit#
In the fall of 2019, the City initiated a Land Use Code Audit process to identify the strengths, weaknesses, and opportunities in the Land Use Code as they relate to City Plan policy direction. Specific objectives for the process were to:
- Identify targeted updates to the Land Use Code that support the implementation of City Plan strategies;
- Explore and document how the City Plan goals and priorities outlined above are being addressed by peer communities within their development codes; and
- Identify characteristics of contemporary development codes that could be applied to improve the usability and functionality of the Land Use Code.
This Land Use Code Audit reflects the results of discussions with City staff and stakeholders who use the Land Use Code on a regular basis—e.g., local architects, planners, and landscape architects, builders, and housing organizations—as well as Clarion’s review of the current Land Use Code, understanding of code-related City Plan strategies, and experience drafting development codes for similar communities across the country.
The City does not intend to complete a major rewrite of the Land Use Code at this time. Rather, this document will serve as a guide for City staff and decision-makers as they work to implement incremental changes to the Land Use Code as resources allow.
Development Review Center#
The City's Development Review Center is experiencing high volumes of development review project submittals at this time. In order to maintain efficient project reviews and provide accurate, timely responses to inquiries, the City is enacting a series of measures related to the submittal process that may impact you as an applicant.
- Appointments are required for all submittals or resubmittals. Please call the Development Review Center at 970-221-6689 or emailDRCoord@fcgov.com to schedule an appointment time.
- Only complete submittals are accepted. Consistent with Land Use Code requirements, the submittal will be returned to the applicant if any required materials or application fees are missing or insufficient.
- All complete applications submitted Monday morning through Wednesday noon will be routed the same week. Submittals received after Wednesday noon will be routed the following week.
Please note that applications received earlier in the week will make it easier for Development Review Center staff to distribute plans to reviewing City departments and other referral agencies.
Building permit applications are accepted at any time during business hours, and without appointment.