In Fort Collins we look at any new development that is within 200 feet (half a block) of a historic resource (which includes historic district boundaries). Historic resources don't have to be landmarked, they just have to be considered eligible for landmarking. (And our survey program is pretty thin right now, so eligibility is non-binding and determined either by staff or by the LPC chair and the Community Development Neighborhood Services director.)We have a couple of examples of edge development that are outside our downtown historic district, but either directly abutting or nearly so. The historic buildings closest to these new structures are 1- and 2-stories. The new buildings are 4- and 5- stories. But through the use of stepbacks and material changes, they have been pretty successfully added to downtown.
Within the district (even at the edge) the heights need to be more closely aligned with the historic structures.
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