Fort Collins City Council delays Montava development hearing, again

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A pivotal hearing for the proposed Montava development in Fort Collins has been pushed to Jan. 14.

City Council’s review of Montava’s Planned Unit Development Master Plan was expected to take place Jan. 7 after a series of delays. The last delay was because city staff needed more time to prepare for the review.

To move forward with development, Montava needs council approval of the PUD, a high-level design that already has sign-off from the city’s planning and zoning board.

Plans for Montava in north Fort Collins include an estimated 3,900 energy- and water-efficient homes; a 40-acre working farm and 80-acre community park; town center; and an array of schools, trails, retail and other features. The $300 million HF2M development would be located on more than 850 acres west of the Anheuser-Busch brewery and built over the next 25 years.

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Montava’s developer is still working through challenges related to the cost of sewer service and obtaining adequate water rights for the property. Leaders of Boxelder Sanitation District, the sewer service provider whose customer footprint includes the Montava land, argue the hearing shouldn’t take place until the sewer issue is resolved. They sent a letter to district customers encouraging them to attend the PUD hearing and provide public comment. Other area residents have taken issue with Montava’s potential impact on traffic in the area.

If council approves the PUD, Montava will move into final development planning for the first phases. HF2M representative Max Moss previously said that process will take nine months to a year before construction of Montava’s infrastructure — roads, sewers, curbs and gutters, storm drainage and water — can begin.

Council’s scheduled review of the PUD will take place in council chambers, 300 Laporte Ave., at 6 p.m. Jan 14.

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About Montava

Number and type of homes: 3,900 homes are proposed, with about 60% single family and 40% multifamily of various kinds. That equates to 2,350 single-family and 1,550 multifamily units.

Affordable housing: Moss has committed to making 10% of the project, or about 390 homes, affordable to residents earning between 60% and 120% of the area’s median income for a family of four.

Energy efficiency: All single-family homes will be built to the zero energy ready standard.

Agribusiness: Montava is working with Native Hill Farm of Fort Collins to bring a working farm to the property. Every homeowner in Montava will pay $10 a month to the farm to ensure its success, money they will get back in farm credit.  

Reporter Pat Ferrier contributed to this report.

Jacy Marmaduke covers government accountability for the Coloradoan. Follow her on Twitter @jacymarmaduke. Support stories like this one with a digital subscription to the Coloradoan.

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