Community Development Division - New Name for Larimer Planning Division
Department: Board of County Commissioners
Release Date: Jun 19, 2013
Terry Gilbert, Community Development Director, 970-498-7690, email@example.com
Linda Hoffmann, County Manager, 970-498-7004, firstname.lastname@example.org
FROM:Deni La Rue, Community Information Manager, (970) 498-7150, email@example.com
Terry Gilbert - Community Development Director
– Effective July 1, 2013 the Larimer County Planning and Building Services Division will become the Larimer County Community Development Division. The Division’s location on the 3rd floor of the Courthouse Offices Building, 200 West Oak St. in Fort Collins remains the same as do the Division’s primary services: building permits and inspections; administration of the land use code and applications; and, code compliance actions in unincorporated Larimer County.
However, the name change does signal a broadening of the interests of the division according to County Manager Linda Hoffmann, “The Larimer County community has matured, and the expanded focus of the Community Development Division will recognize and address the broad range of issues contributing to everyone’s quality of life in Larimer County.”
At the helm of the new Community Development Division is Terry Gilbert who will utilize the previous responsibilities of the Planning and Building Services Division as the core for the new responsibilities associated with the Division, “The Division will carry out our responsibilities with increased emphasis on business development, community involvement, and coordination concerning transportation planning. I will function as an ombudsman to assist the public and customers of the county concerning those issues directly/indirectly related to community development.”
Gilbert has been charged with the conversion of the existing data storage system into a new data-management system and focusing on better access to land use and building permit data for the community. Longer term issues for the Community Development Division include the County’s current Master Plan which was adopted more than 15 years ago. It may be in need of an update or revision into a Comprehensive Plan to address current quality of life issues. In addition, the Community Development Division will be working with other County departments as the County considers its role in economic development, particularly within the unincorporated area of Larimer County.