Land Use Code - Housing Related Updates (2023)

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On October 17, 2023, City Council adopted Ordinance No. 136, 2023 as an update to the 1997 Land Use Code. A referendum was received and certified sufficient by the City Clerk regarding the ordinance. As a result, City Council repealed the ordinance and the new code did not go into effect on January 1, 2024.  

Welcome to the Our City Land Use Code (2023 Housing Updates) page. 



On October 17, 2023, City Council adopted Ordinance No. 136, 2023 as an update to the 1997 Land Use Code. A referendum was received and certified sufficient by the City Clerk regarding the ordinance. As a result, City Council repealed the ordinance and the new code did not go into effect on January 1, 2024. Please visit this website for additional information on the referendum. Municipal codes are available for viewing via the City Clerk Public Records Archive. View the 1997 Land Use Code here: library.municode.com/co/fort_collins/codes/land_use




This page serves as an archive of community engagement actvities and feedback. Full details about the LUC can be found at www.fcgov.com/lucupdates

If you have questions about the Land Use Code, please contact Planning & Development Services here.



City planners organized a series of community conversations and public engagement events in spring-summer, 2023, to gather feedback in relation to housing-related updates to the Fort Collins Land Use Code (LUC). The goal of this extensive engagement effort is to understand the community's values and concerns. City staff incorporated this feedback as they drafted updated code language.

Thank you to all community members who have taken the time to participate in our engagement events and share your views!

Summaries and records of public engagement to-date

In March 2023, more than 97,000 postcards were mailed to all Fort Collins households to let residents know about plans to update and improve the Land Use Code. The postcard included information in both Spanish and English, and highlighted the project website and engagement events/opportunities that were in development.

Fort Collins residents are encouraged to share their views about the City's Land Use Code (LUC). The General Feedback Form will remain open for the duration of the project. A full transcript of comments received will be shared here. Comments received Sept 11,2023 are available for viewing on this document.  All feedback will be reviewed by the City's Planning and Zoning team to help inform improvements and proposed updates to the LUC.

The City held a Virtual Information/Listening Session via Zoom on April 24th, 6-7:30pm. Approximately 80 participants attended the program. The agenda included an overview of the project's history and status, as well as information about opportunities to participate in engagement activities. A recording of the session is available for viewing in English and Español. A full transcript of the written Q&A can be downloaded here. Additional virtual sessions are planned for summer/fall 2023.

CSU's Center for Public Deliberation (CPD) collaborated with the City to host a Deliberative Forum on April 26, 5:30-8 p.m. Approximately 50 participants attended including representatives from HOAs and neighborhood associations, the BIPOC Alliance, Boards and Commissions, and the business community. The agenda included roundtable discussions and activities guided by student facilitators. Follow this link to view photos from the event. CPD's summary report is available for download here.


On May 8th, the City hosted a Community Open House at the Lincoln Center specifically to address Land Use Code updates. 177 people attended the event, which included topic-specific stations for participants to visit, pose questions and share concerns, and explore how the Code is applied to different situations. Click the links below to download a PDF overview of materials presented at each station and community feedback from the comments cards. Visit the photo gallery from the event.


Growth & Density StationParking Station and Community Feedback
Understanding Zoning Station and Community FeedbackAffordable Housing Station and Community Feedback
Housing Types Station and Community FeedbackCommunity Participation in Development Review Station and Community Feedback
Building Height, Setbacks & Design Standards Station and Community FeedbackComplete list of stations and all comment card feedback



Thirteen Neighborhood Walking Tours were offered in April-June 2023. Tours were organized in collaboration with community members who served as 'hosts' and invited local neighbors. Approximately 160 people attended the tours, which occurred across all Council districts and included a variety of zoning types. A complete list of completed tours is available on the FCGOV project page. Tour recaps will be provided as they become available. City staff are considering options for additional walking tours in June 2023, as well as self-guided materials.


The table below includes information about all of the walking tours offered to date.

DateLocation (neighborhood/area)# registeredCouncil DistrictZoning DistrictCouncil Member attending?Tour info (PDF download)
4/29Observatory Village133LMNTricia CanonicoLMN - Low Density Mixed Use
5/5 (9 a.m.)Parkwood East131RLSusan GutowskyRL - Residential Low Density
5/5 (1 p.m.)Fox Creek104RLShirley PeelRL - Residential Low Density
5/11 (8 a.m.)Brown Farms105RL
RL - Residential Low Density
5/12 (9 a.m.)University Park201NCMSusan GutowskyNCM - Neighborhood Conservation, Medium Density
5/12 (1 p.m.)Eastborough102RL
RL - Residential Low Density
5/13 (9 a.m.)City Park176NCLEmily FrancisNCL - Neighborhood Conservation, Low Density
5/18 (9 a.m.)Indian Hills145RL
RL - Residential Low Density
5/19 (9 a.m.)Warren Shores132RLJulie PignataroRL - Residential Low Density
5/19 (1 p.m.)Martinez Park186LMN/NCMEmily FrancisLMN - Low Density Mixed Use
NCM - Neighborhood Conservation, Medium Density
5/20 (1 p.m.)Nelson Farms72RLJulie PignataroRL - Residential Low Density
5/26 (9 a.m.)University Acres81RLSusan GutowskyRL - Residential Low Density
5/26 (1 p.m.)P.O.E.T neighborhood76RL
RL - Residential Low Density
5/21 (4 p.m.)Northwest Martin-sub (near Putnam Elementary)20 attending6RL, LMNNo Council member in attendanceLMN - Low Density Mixed Use


On August 9, City Planners accompanied a portable display at Foothills Mall. The event used informative exhibits with staff on-hand to answer questions and discuss possible alternatives and housing-related updates to the Land Use Code. Following the mall event, the display traveled to City offices at 281 N. College Ave. with staff available during office hours to speak with visitors and address questions. View the exhibit materials here!




 If you have specific planning and zoning questions, please contact Planning & Development Services here. 

 Comments and feedback may also be sent directly to City Council via email (CityLeaders@fcgov.com) and City leadership and departments/staff. Visit fcgov.com/cityservices for a complete list of departments and fcgov.com/citymanager to connect with the City Manager.

Welcome to the Our City Land Use Code (2023 Housing Updates) page. 



On October 17, 2023, City Council adopted Ordinance No. 136, 2023 as an update to the 1997 Land Use Code. A referendum was received and certified sufficient by the City Clerk regarding the ordinance. As a result, City Council repealed the ordinance and the new code did not go into effect on January 1, 2024. Please visit this website for additional information on the referendum. Municipal codes are available for viewing via the City Clerk Public Records Archive. View the 1997 Land Use Code here: library.municode.com/co/fort_collins/codes/land_use




This page serves as an archive of community engagement actvities and feedback. Full details about the LUC can be found at www.fcgov.com/lucupdates

If you have questions about the Land Use Code, please contact Planning & Development Services here.



City planners organized a series of community conversations and public engagement events in spring-summer, 2023, to gather feedback in relation to housing-related updates to the Fort Collins Land Use Code (LUC). The goal of this extensive engagement effort is to understand the community's values and concerns. City staff incorporated this feedback as they drafted updated code language.

Thank you to all community members who have taken the time to participate in our engagement events and share your views!

Summaries and records of public engagement to-date

In March 2023, more than 97,000 postcards were mailed to all Fort Collins households to let residents know about plans to update and improve the Land Use Code. The postcard included information in both Spanish and English, and highlighted the project website and engagement events/opportunities that were in development.

Fort Collins residents are encouraged to share their views about the City's Land Use Code (LUC). The General Feedback Form will remain open for the duration of the project. A full transcript of comments received will be shared here. Comments received Sept 11,2023 are available for viewing on this document.  All feedback will be reviewed by the City's Planning and Zoning team to help inform improvements and proposed updates to the LUC.

The City held a Virtual Information/Listening Session via Zoom on April 24th, 6-7:30pm. Approximately 80 participants attended the program. The agenda included an overview of the project's history and status, as well as information about opportunities to participate in engagement activities. A recording of the session is available for viewing in English and Español. A full transcript of the written Q&A can be downloaded here. Additional virtual sessions are planned for summer/fall 2023.

CSU's Center for Public Deliberation (CPD) collaborated with the City to host a Deliberative Forum on April 26, 5:30-8 p.m. Approximately 50 participants attended including representatives from HOAs and neighborhood associations, the BIPOC Alliance, Boards and Commissions, and the business community. The agenda included roundtable discussions and activities guided by student facilitators. Follow this link to view photos from the event. CPD's summary report is available for download here.


On May 8th, the City hosted a Community Open House at the Lincoln Center specifically to address Land Use Code updates. 177 people attended the event, which included topic-specific stations for participants to visit, pose questions and share concerns, and explore how the Code is applied to different situations. Click the links below to download a PDF overview of materials presented at each station and community feedback from the comments cards. Visit the photo gallery from the event.


Growth & Density StationParking Station and Community Feedback
Understanding Zoning Station and Community FeedbackAffordable Housing Station and Community Feedback
Housing Types Station and Community FeedbackCommunity Participation in Development Review Station and Community Feedback
Building Height, Setbacks & Design Standards Station and Community FeedbackComplete list of stations and all comment card feedback



Thirteen Neighborhood Walking Tours were offered in April-June 2023. Tours were organized in collaboration with community members who served as 'hosts' and invited local neighbors. Approximately 160 people attended the tours, which occurred across all Council districts and included a variety of zoning types. A complete list of completed tours is available on the FCGOV project page. Tour recaps will be provided as they become available. City staff are considering options for additional walking tours in June 2023, as well as self-guided materials.


The table below includes information about all of the walking tours offered to date.

DateLocation (neighborhood/area)# registeredCouncil DistrictZoning DistrictCouncil Member attending?Tour info (PDF download)
4/29Observatory Village133LMNTricia CanonicoLMN - Low Density Mixed Use
5/5 (9 a.m.)Parkwood East131RLSusan GutowskyRL - Residential Low Density
5/5 (1 p.m.)Fox Creek104RLShirley PeelRL - Residential Low Density
5/11 (8 a.m.)Brown Farms105RL
RL - Residential Low Density
5/12 (9 a.m.)University Park201NCMSusan GutowskyNCM - Neighborhood Conservation, Medium Density
5/12 (1 p.m.)Eastborough102RL
RL - Residential Low Density
5/13 (9 a.m.)City Park176NCLEmily FrancisNCL - Neighborhood Conservation, Low Density
5/18 (9 a.m.)Indian Hills145RL
RL - Residential Low Density
5/19 (9 a.m.)Warren Shores132RLJulie PignataroRL - Residential Low Density
5/19 (1 p.m.)Martinez Park186LMN/NCMEmily FrancisLMN - Low Density Mixed Use
NCM - Neighborhood Conservation, Medium Density
5/20 (1 p.m.)Nelson Farms72RLJulie PignataroRL - Residential Low Density
5/26 (9 a.m.)University Acres81RLSusan GutowskyRL - Residential Low Density
5/26 (1 p.m.)P.O.E.T neighborhood76RL
RL - Residential Low Density
5/21 (4 p.m.)Northwest Martin-sub (near Putnam Elementary)20 attending6RL, LMNNo Council member in attendanceLMN - Low Density Mixed Use


On August 9, City Planners accompanied a portable display at Foothills Mall. The event used informative exhibits with staff on-hand to answer questions and discuss possible alternatives and housing-related updates to the Land Use Code. Following the mall event, the display traveled to City offices at 281 N. College Ave. with staff available during office hours to speak with visitors and address questions. View the exhibit materials here!




 If you have specific planning and zoning questions, please contact Planning & Development Services here. 

 Comments and feedback may also be sent directly to City Council via email (CityLeaders@fcgov.com) and City leadership and departments/staff. Visit fcgov.com/cityservices for a complete list of departments and fcgov.com/citymanager to connect with the City Manager.

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