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Third Time is a Charm: Modernizing the Fort Collins Land Use Code

Following the adoption of the Housing Strategic Plan in 2019, the Fort Collins City Council embarked upon reconsideration of our land use code--a document which has not undergone significant review since 1997. A Land Use Code not only defines how, where, and what type of development is acceptable throughout the city, it also provides guidance on building design, orientation, articulation, neighborhood compatibility, density, height restrictions, setbacks, step-backs, and other characteristics i...

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Housing Insight: Why Is My Neighborhood Under Attack? The Hierarchy of Authority

One of the animating themes of the proposed revisions to our city land use code revolves around preserving the sanctity of homeowner associations.  Certain provisions of the repealed code intended to override covenants designed to preserve neighborhood aesthetics and the number of residential units permitted on a given lot.

At the state level, proposals seeking to override local policies on residential occupancy standards are eliciting similar acrimony.  A common refrain is, “why have rul...

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Updated Land Use Code: Chamber Calls for a Yes Vote

October 3, 2023 

Fort Collins City Council300 LaporteFort Collins, CO  80521 

Dear Mayor Arndt and Members of Council: 

The Fort Collins Area Chamber of Commerce thanks this City Council for engaging the community in the critical conversation of housing. As recently reinforced by the 2023 Fort Collins Community survey, the cost and availability of housing is THE top concern of residents. This is not a recent phenomenon, it not only recurs each time a formal survey is co...

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Colorado River – Issue of the Week

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Source: Fort Collins Area Chamber of Commerce 
June 16, 2023...

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Sustainable Funding – Emitter Fee

Let the voters decide – to tax someone else!

As the Fort Collins City Council continues to wrestle with ideas for closing the enormous annual funding gap between what our planning documents call for and actual tax receipts, all sense of pragmatism has been lost.  No serious consideration of cutting programs nor community expectations has been entertained.  Rather, Council is pursuing various strategies to raise taxes and fees that mask, not resolve, the funding deficit.  Establish new lo...

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PRPA Integrated Resource Plan

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Source: Fort Collins Area Chamber of Commerce 
May 2023...

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