“Great places don’t happen by chance.”

  Cameron Gloss, Fort Collins long range planning manager   The updated Fort Collins City Plan will be released in draft form on February 11, with a final round of public input to follow. We asked long range planning manager Cameron Gloss to put the year-long City Plan rewrite in perspective. This is an edited excerpt of our conversation. Log on at www.nocostyle.com for the full Q&A. Go to www.ourcity.fcgov.com/cityplan to comment on the City Plan draft.   Why update the Fort Collins City Plan now? The city’s comprehensive plan was adopted in 1997, and the notion was there would be a 20-year horizon. Here we are, 22 years later, and it makes sense to see how we did and take a fresh look at what happens over the next 20 years. How did you do? Was the ‘97 plan a good guide to the future? The housing in the newly developing areas of Fort Collins matches relatively closely to that city plan vision—greater density, more efficient use of land. We’ve made great strides, even with all the population growth, of managing traffic congestion. Those are two areas where I think we absolutely hit the mark. What challenges does Fort Collins face today that it didn’t have 22 years ago? The price of housing is exceeding the ability for folks to pay. We’re seeing wages not keeping up and the...

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