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Residential Old Town

CSU and Surrounds

Every once in awhile as I’m walking the dogs in the morning, I remember what my friend Rogerio said when he visited from Brazil. He was amazed that our houses didn’t have walls around them. It seemed like no big deal to me. But as I see the photos he posts of houses around where … Continue reading »

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506 S. Washington – an example

During the Eastside/Westside community discussions, people occasionally asked, “What is the problem with people building a house to fit their family?” The response was often, “Nothing. But a lot of these new houses are being built and resold immediately.” When pushed for examples of houses built to be resold, none of us had a house … Continue reading »

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Floor Area Ratio — Examples

The following is a list of houses on the west side of Old Town, Fort Collins that were built within the last 10 years or so. I took information on each house from the county property database and entered it into each table. I then calculated how these houses fit into the current FAR (Floor … Continue reading »

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The Sadler House and the Proposed New FAR Rules

A friend of mine recently pointed out this page on Facebook. It was originally set up to fight against building code regulations that were enacted in 2011, hence the name, “Repeal Fort Collins Ordinance 003.” However, with the Eastside and Westside Neighborhoods Character Study, one of the admins of the page has started posting there … Continue reading »

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Crazy Dancing and Property Rights

The Eastside/Westside Neighborhoods Character Study is in its final stages. There are a few more community meetings to go before the project team present their results to the city council. For the most part, I agree with the changes that the team has come up with. They’ve found a way to allow growth in house … Continue reading »

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It’s Too Late Baby

After many meetings and discussions, much research and a fair bit of community advocacy, it looks like the house on Whitcomb is still going to be torn down and replaced with something at least twice its size. But I get ahead of myself here. Let me back up. Back in April, I heard about a … Continue reading »

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