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Downtown Plan

A joint effort by the City of Fort Collins in collaboration with the Downtown Development Authority, the Downtown Business Association and the entire community.

Is Downtown Fort Collins Headed in the Right Direction?

What do you love most about downtown? And what do you think is missing? Help shape the future of downtown through a brief online survey!

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Upcoming Events

Downtown Plan Open House - Saturday, May 16, Opera Galleria, 123 N. College Ave., 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

  • Stop by the Opera Galleria at any time to participate in games and activities related to the Downtown Plan. Share your thoughts and learn more about urban design, parking and transportation, arts and culture, downtown management, economic outlook, and environmental topics in the downtown area. Bring the whole family!

Larimer County Farmers' Market - Saturday, May 30, 200 W. Oak St., 8 a.m.-12 p.m.

  • Visit the Downtown Plan booth while you do your weekly shopping at the Farmers' Market.

First Friday Event - Friday, June 5, Old Town Square, 4-8 p.m.

  • What do you love most about downtown? And what do you think is missing? Stop by for a fun and creative opportunity to share your big ideas.

Stakeholder Interviews - Ongoing

  • Would you like to meet with the Downtown Plan team to share your ideas or concerns? Request a stakeholder interview! Contact Seth Lorson at or 970-224-6189 to set up a meeting.



What is the Downtown Plan?

The community - and City Council - adopted an overarching policy document in 1989. The document is intended to be a reference and inspiration for budgets, projects, programs, investments, regulations and other efforts. Its mission is to guide public and private decisions to revitalize and maintain the vibrancy of Downtown.

A New Downtown Plan

  • Starting in 2015, the City of Fort Collins will lead a process to develop a new Downtown Plan for the next 10-20 years, to replace the successful ‘89 plan.
  • It is scheduled and needed, for the same purposes, to continue the success.
  • It will integrate and update information from other plans and studies done over the years into the overarching document.

25 Years of Revitalization

  • Downtown’s revitalization may seem natural today, but it actually results from countless decisions on hundreds of millions of dollars’ worth of investments and actions by the private and public sectors in the last 25 years.
  • Constant challenges and risks have been met within an overarching vision and policy framework.
  • Downtown property valuation has increased by over $635 million since the ’89 plan.  Annual city sales tax revenues Downtown have increased from $4 million in ’89 to more than $16 million.


January – March
Project Initiation & Issues Identification

April – July
A New Vision for Downtown

August – November
Choices & Strategies for Downtown

December – February 2016
Downtown Plan Development

March – July
Implementation Plan & Adoption



Cameron Gloss | Planning Manager | 970-224-6174 |
Clark Mapes | City Planner | 970-221-6225 |
Seth Lorson | City Planner | 970-224-6189 |

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