Fort Collins, CO, Code of Ordinances

Updated October 2020


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Active Transportation

This city’s land use code requires developers to consider all modes of transportation when planning for on-site circulation (§3.2.2(E)). In general, the code takes a complete streets approach, though on-site pedestrian routes are to be segregated and oriented to pedestrian networks. The code also includes illustrations of its ideal standards.

Marijuana-Related Uses

The city’s land use code permits multiple medical- and recreational-marijuana-related uses by right, subject to licensing standards (Article 4). It defines “medical marijuana center,” “medical marijuana-infused products manufacturer,” “medical marijuana optional premises cultivation operation,” “retail marijuana cultivation facility,” “retail marijuana product manufacturing facility,” “retail marijuana store,” and “retail marijuana testing facility” (§5.1.2).

The city’s licenses and business regulations code includes separate licensing requirements for medical- and recreational-marijuana-related uses. The requirements for both cover locational and operational standards (Municipal Code Article XVI & Article XVII). These standards stipulate that only licensed medical marijuana centers may operate retail marijuana stores (§15-608), and only licensed marijuana retail stores or marijuana products manufacturing facilities may operate a retail cultivation facility (§15-609). Furthermore, the locational standards for medical marijuana centers and retail marijuana stores address separation from schools, playgrounds, child care centers, churches, park and recreation facilities, halfway houses, correctional facilities, substance abuse treatment centers, residential units, and other marijuana centers or stores (§15-475 & §15-615).

Solar Energy

The city's zoning code defines small, medium, and large solar energy systems (§5.1.2).

Small and medium rooftop, building-mounted, and freestanding systems are permitted by right in all zoning districts (Article 4), subject to standards addressing minimum lot size, placement, height, visual appearance, and maintenance (§3.8.32).

Large systems are permitted in two industrial districts, subject to administrative review (Article 4) and standards addressing minimum lot size, placement, height, visual appearance, security, parking, and maintenance (§3.8.32).

The city's site design standards require solar-oriented residential lots and site plans to protect access to sunlight to maximum extent feasible (§3.2.3).

Student Housing

The city’s land use code includes regulations for multiple student-housing-related zoning districts and uses.

It defines “dormitory,” “extra occupancy rental house,” and “fraternity and sorority houses” (§5.1.2). It permits dormitories, fraternity and sorority houses, and extra occupancy rental houses by right in certain districts and with a discretionary use permit in others (§4.1 et seq.).

Students occupying any other type of dwelling must conform to the code’s definition of “family” (§5.1.2).

It establishes the High Density Mixed-Use Neighborhood District to support the development and occupancy of high-density (and high-occupancy) student housing near the Colorado State University campus (§4.10). And it establishes three Neighborhood Conservation districts to protect established residential neighborhoods from incompatible infill and redevelopment in accordance with adopted neighborhood plans (§4.7, §4.8 & §4.9).

Urban Agriculture

The city's land use code addresses urban agriculture. It was amended in 2013 and 2014 to provide supplementary regulations for urban agriculture uses (§3.8.31). A license is required.

Urban agriculture is allowed as a permitted use subject to standards, which address mechanized equipment, parking, chemicals and fertilizers, trash and compost, maintenance, water conservation and conveyance, identification/contact information, produce distribution, floodplains, hoop houses, and additional impact mitigation. In residential zones, for uses greater than one-half acre in size that will have a significant impact on the neighborhood, a public meeting may be required.

The term "urban agriculture" is defined in the code (§5.1.2).

Fort Collins, CO

2010 Population: 143,986

2010 Population Density: 2,652.80/square mile