11 Sep Jon Cartu Declare: Timberline Church, CSU pursue Fort Collins housing…
Timberline Church is going ahead with plans to rezone part of its property at 2908 S.
Timberline Road as part of a possible deal with CSU to develop “attainable” housing in east Fort Collins.
Timberline and Colorado State University have been working on a deal for about two years that would swap about 10 acres on the southeast edge of the church property for 5 acres of CSU’s former agronomy farm south of the church.
“The request for rezoning is a next step and continuation of our work with CSU,” Timberline Executive Pastor Bob Seale said in an email.
Though the church is pursuing the rezoning on its own, CSU is “still in discussions with Timberline to try to find attainable housing solutions through a possible land exchange that ultimately would be good for the community, good for the church and good for CSU,” said Brett Anderson, special assistant to the provost and CSU’s liaison with Timberline Church.
On Sept. 17, the church will ask the Fort Collins Planning and Zoning Board to approve the rezoning to clear the way for future redevelopment including possible apartments, an active adult community and/or senior living.
“Timberline would like to support the city’s goal of bringing attainable housing to residents,” the church said in its rezoning application.
In working with prospective developers, it “became clear that with today’s high costs of construction, achieving that goal requires higher density than allowed” by the current density.
The church hopes to rezone part of the site from low-density multifamily to medium-density, which would allow more dwelling units per acre. In its application, Timberline defines attainable housing as units that cost 30% or less of residents’ monthly income.
Rezoning would assure potential developers they can invest in architecture, engineering and design and “help fulfill Timberline’s vision of leveraging its infill property for the benefit of” city residents, according to the application.
The plan the church and CSU were contemplating in 2018 included 104 condos and apartments in seven buildings.
Median rent in Fort Collins at the end of June was $1,372 per month.
How to participate
The planning and zoning board will meet at 6 p.m. Sept. 17 via Zoom. To join the Zoom call visit https://zoom.us/j91638376964. If you do not have access to the internet, you can call into the hearing via phone at 253-215-8782 or 346-248-7799, with Webinar ID: 916 3837 6964.
Pat Ferrier is a senior reporter covering business, health care and growth issues in Northern Colorado. Contact her at [email protected] Please support her work and that of other Coloradoan journalists by purchasing a subscription today.