Housing

Fort Collins City Council Call to Action : Land Development Code

We ask you to help us send City Council a message to fix it, Don’t Break it! 

With the certification of sufficient signatures to repeal the recently adopted Land Development Code (LDC), the Fort Collins City Council will consider two options on Tuesday, January 17: repeal the new code or refer the measure to the voters.  As of the signature certification date of December 20, 2022, ...

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Fort Collins Land Development Code

Please help us share the word: DO NOT SIGN THE PETITIONS TO REPEAL ORDINANCE #114 AND #115.

Your Chamber has teamed up with an impressive array of businesses, leaders in the non-profit sector, and housing advocates to help share insight into the new code and to amplify the need for a more diverse, affordable housing supply in Fort Collins.  At FoCoForward.org, you’ll find a wealth of resources to help understand what the new code does and does not do.  As well, you’ll find responses to...

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Stand With Us — Don’t Sign!

[Note: the following has been adapted courtesy of Fort Collins Habitat for Humanity]

As a Chamber member, we know that you value the opportunities that come when housing is affordable, inclusive, and thoughtful in design. That's why we are asking that you DO NOT SIGN the petition to repeal the Land Development Code that will be circulating around Fort Collins over the next few weeks.

Wait, what's happening?
After years of community engagement and input, City Council recently adopted...

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Making Your Vote Count

Welcome to fall Chamber members!  The arrival of cooler temperatures, a bit of snow and clear blue skies reminds all of us that it is election season.  We are releasing our SmartBrief a day early to remind each and every one of you to VOTE!  Your individual voice is incredibly important to the success of our community.

I am incredibly proud of the thoughtful review and consideration that our staff, our Local Legislative Affairs Committee, our Northern Colorado Legislative Alliance and ...

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One Week Away: Regional Business After Hours August 9

Canvas Credit Union and Colorado State University will proudly host members from the Fort Collins, Greeley, Longmont, Loveland, Wellington and Windsor Chamber of Commerce for this regional business networking event  5:30 – 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, August 9 at Canvas Stadium.

We will continue the theme of community shared by the Northern Colorado Chambers of Commerce, Canvas Credit Union and CSU and the collaborative efforts the community partners enjoy. All Chamber members, Ram fans and the com...

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Chamber Committed to Addressing Housing Affordability

It has been the rare conversation over the past few years in which the subject of housing has not come up.  Small retailers, large manufacturers and virtually every business in between has been impacted by the cost and availability of housing within our region.  Some may wonder why housing is an issue for the Chamber of Commerce when only a portion of our membership are in the business of building, selling and renting residential real estate.

The answer, of course, is relatively straight fo...

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Chamber Endorsements – Ballot Issues

Sound policy, consistency and predictability help businesses thrive. That’s why the Fort Collins Area Chamber examines policy issues in depth and takes a stand to protect the interests of businesses and their employees. This year, we are taking a stance on one critical ballot issue.  Below is what you need to know about this ballot issue and why it matters to the business community.

Proposed Citizen-Initiated Ordinance
(relating to the former Hughes Stadium property)

The Chamber is rec...

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No Growth Initiative Proposed for Front Range

This morning I received a ‘Client Alert’ from the law firm Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck with an update about the number of citizen-initiated ballot measures being proposed in Colorado.

According to the firm, so far 257 ballot measures have been submitted for consideration for the 2019-20 election cycle, up from 185 in the previous cycle.

Highlighted in the alert is Proposed Initiative 2019-2020 #122, a measure to cap housing permits at 1% growth per year in 11 counties on the Front ...

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Join the Conversation on Housing Costs

One of the vexing issues in Northern Colorado is housing attainability. Local government regulations, land use codes, and high fees limit the supply of housing to meet the demand of a growing area. As economist Dr. Thomas Sowell says in a 2015 article, “When a growing population creates a growing demand for housing, and the government blocks housing from being built, the price of existing housing goes up.” He shares a story of someone telling President Ronald Reagan about an issue that was ...

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“Fixing” Problems by Making Things Worse?

A month ago, I wrote a post titled “It’s a Crisis!” in which I poked fun at the special pleaders routinely parading up to the microphone at City Council meetings asking for official government sanction to address various so-called crises.

I declared if you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em, then offered my own market-based perspective on how to deal with the housing affordability ‘crisis’ in our fair city, which included:

Liberalize the over-restrictive 3-unrelated ordinance. Whe...

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