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Land Bank#


The Land Bank program is Fort Collins' only long-term affordable housing tool. Between escalating land prices and the realities of a fixed Growth Management Area (GMA), this program ensures land will be available in the future to increase the stock of affordable housing units. The strategy is to acquire sites currently lacking infrastructure, which lowers the price, and then wait until development occurs. As surrounding projects construct the utilities and streets, in theory, the Land Bank property will be less expensive to develop in the long run. Land Bank description and details can be found in the Municipal Code, Chapter 23, Article XIII.

To date, the City acquired six Land Bank sites. Most of these properties have been held past the suggested minimum level of maturity for the program (five years), however the newest parcel was acquired in 2020. In 2015 a study was conducted to guide disposition of existing sites and acquisition of additional sites. To learn more read the Land Bank Disposition Study.

The property at 1506 West Horsetooth Road was the first land bank parcel to be activated. It was sold to Housing Catalyst, the Fort Collins housing authority, and developed into 96 permanently affordable apartment homes.

The Affordable Housing Strategic Plan (2.3MB) directs staff to look for ways to maximize the use of this community asset.

Address Date Purchased Date Sold Request for Proposal (RFP) Date Acreage Expected Number of Affordable Units**
3620 Kechter Rd April 2002 2021 9/2018 and 1/2019 5.00 54
6916 S College Av October 2002     17.00 170-204
1506 W Horsetooth Rd February 2003 2016 11/2015 8.29 96
5630 Tilden Street January 2006     15.97 150-191
1500 Block West Vine St. June 2006     2.7 (4*) 48
N. College Ave. May 2020     5.00 75
Total       56.22 594-674


*Total after flood plain mitigation through Land Bank and Storm Water holdings.

**Calculations based on the assumption of 10-12 dwelling units per acre (du/ac)