Fort Collins: Short-Term Rentals Ordinance Passes First Reading

After months of outreach, the City of Fort Collins unanimously passed two short-term rental (STR) ordinances on first reading. One ordinance amends the Land Use Code and limits primary STRs (owner-occupied) units to 20 zones that allow small (six bedrooms or less) hotels or B&Bs. Non-primary (not owner occupied) STRs will be allowed 13 zonesContinue reading “Fort Collins: Short-Term Rentals Ordinance Passes First Reading”

Fort Collins: A Rose by Any Other Name?

William Shakespeare famously said, “A rose by any other name would smell as sweet.” Apparently, the City of Fort Collins believes rebranding its Climate Action Plan (CAP) will convince residents to support it. Recently staff provided an update regarding efforts to move from the planning stage to implementation. The goal of the plan is toContinue reading “Fort Collins: A Rose by Any Other Name?”

Fort Collins: Climate Action Plan Is A Priority

The goal of the City’s Climate Action Plan (CAP) is to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050 but staff admits they don’t have a clear picture of “what that is yet.” According to staff calculations, the City has only reduced its emissions by 2.5 percent to-date. Even if the CAP is nebulous on ultimate goals andContinue reading “Fort Collins: Climate Action Plan Is A Priority”

Legislature To Revisit URA Bill

Last year the Governor vetoed a bill that would require cities to share tax increment financing (TIF) revenues used to finance urban renewal projects with other government entities such as cities and school districts. However, CAR’s Vice President for Public Policy, Ted Leighty, says county lobbyists are already planning to ensure that the bill isContinue reading “Legislature To Revisit URA Bill”

Fort Collins: REALTORS Concerned About Parking Standards in TOD

For the past year the City of Fort Collins has been reviewing parking standards for the Transit Oriented Development overlay district. The overlay is designed to encourage higher levels of density and design that supports transit style developments primarily along the Mason Corridor, but does extend around CSU’s Campus. While offering support for most ofContinue reading “Fort Collins: REALTORS Concerned About Parking Standards in TOD”

Fort Collins Council Agrees to Let Voters Decide Fracking Fate

It is all the rage for progressive towns in Colorado – on Jan. 23rd the City Council bowed to pressure from citizens opposed to fracking by agreeing to put the question to a public vote. But how would such a ban impact the City? According to current Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission setback rules,Continue reading “Fort Collins Council Agrees to Let Voters Decide Fracking Fate”

Participants Buy Time in Hopes of Fort Collins Mall Redevelopment Agreement

The redevelopment of the Foothills Mall could be called off unless the mall developer reaches an agreement to purchase the Sears property — or the City of Fort Collins utilizes eminent domain to take the property. The developer has made it clear that Sears does not fit the proposed tenant mix and is located inContinue reading “Participants Buy Time in Hopes of Fort Collins Mall Redevelopment Agreement”

Consultants Provide Fort Collins Neighborhood Character Strategies

Consultants hired by the City of Fort Collins just unveiled a report outlining a variety of strategies the City can use to protect the neighborhood character in the Eastside-Westside areas. On November 27th the City Council will consider the report and determine the list of options staff will be directed to pursue. The consultants suggestContinue reading “Consultants Provide Fort Collins Neighborhood Character Strategies”

Fort Collins Council Opts not to Pursue Moratorium on Student Housing – For Now

In a classic example of the “squeaky wheel getting the grease,” a small group of homeowners in a neighborhood adjacent to CSU were able to drive a City Council policy discussion. A group called the Coalition of Neighbors asked the City to implement a moratorium on the approval of new multi-family/student housing. The request promptedContinue reading “Fort Collins Council Opts not to Pursue Moratorium on Student Housing – For Now”