County Offices, Courts and the Landfill will be closed Monday, May 25 in observance of Memorial Day. Critical services at Larimer County will not be disrupted by this closure.
|Adequate public facilities (APF):||Facilities and services (including water and sewer systems, fire protection and roads) that are available and have the capacity to serve new development without reducing levels of service below established minimum standards.|
|ADT:||Average daily trips; used as a measure of impact on the transportation
|Affordable housing:||Housing which has a sales price or rent within the means
of a low or moderate income household as defined by local, state or federal
|Capital expansion fees (CEFs):||Fees paid by new development for the impact of that development
on public facilities; also known as impact fees or exactions.
|Capital facilities:||Land and structures used by the public including fire stations,
parks and schools; also called public facilities.
|Capital improvement program:||A schedule and budget for future capital improvements (building
or acquisition projects) for roads, utilities and other capital facilities,
to be carried out over a specified time period.
|Cluster; cluster development:||A development design which concentrates buildings on a portion
or portions of the site to leave the remainder undeveloped and used for
agriculture, open space and/or natural resource protection.
|Community Influence Area (CIA):||An area designated in an Intergovernmental Agreement within
which County development applications will be sent to the adjacent municipality
for comment and review.
|Concurrency:||Adequate public facilities are available when the impacts
of development occur.
|Cooperative Planning Area (CPA):||An area beyond a municipality's immediate urban planning
area (Urban Growth Area or Growth Management Area) where urban level development
is not appropriate within the municipal plan's time frame but where development
may have an impact on present and future municipal growth patterns. CPAs
will be defined in Intergovernmental Agreements and development standards
in these areas will be based on jointly developed plans.
|Cultural resource:||A site or structure which is part of the area's cultural
heritage; that is, which typifies a particular stage of man's activity
in the area. Cultural resources include archeological sites, historic buildings
and sites, and undisturbed natural sites that have historic or prehistoric
associations including those with paleontological (fossil) specimens.
|Design standard:||A standard contained in a land use regulation which relates
to design of a subdivision, site plan or structure; for example, the requirement
for 80% open space in a Rural Conservation Development subdivision.
|Development right:||The right to develop property. This right may be purchased
or transferred (see Transfer of development rights below).
|Fee-in-lieu:||A fee paid instead of making a land dedication, capital improvement or other requirement, and equivalent to that requirement. An example is a fee-in-lieu of a school site dedication as part of a subdivision approval.
|Growth management:||A system of land use regulations designed to influence the
location, timing and character of development, instead of controlling the
amount or rate of growth.
|Growth Management Area (GMA):||An area adjacent to a city or town and identified for future
urban development according to a community plan in an Intergovernmental
Agreement with the County; same as Urban Growth Area (see below).
|Guiding principle:||A statement of policy or intended direction.
|Impact:||The potential direct or indirect effects of a proposed development
on activities, utilities, traffic, surrounding land uses, the environment
and other factors.
|Impact fees:||Same as capital expansion fees (see above).
|Intergovernmental Agreement (IGA):||A contractual agreement between the County and another governmental
entity. IGAs with municipalities are the County's primary means of achieving
coordinated planning for the areas adjacent to town limits. The agreements
define appropriate future urban areas (see Growth Management Areas above)
and establish standards and procedures for development in these areas.
They may also define Cooperative Planning Areas and Community Influence
Areas (defined above).
|Land use:||A description of how land is used or occupied.
|Land Use Code:||A document containing or referencing all of Larimer County's
land use regulations, including zoning district provisions and subdivision
requirements. The document is also described as the unified Land Use Code
because it brings together all the regulations under a single administrative
procedure, with uniform definitions and other common elements to achieve
a more understandable, user-friendly regulation.
|Level of service:||An established minimum capacity of public facilities or services
that must be provided per unit of demand, e.g., per new housing unit.
|Master plan:||A document adopted by the Planning Commission to provide
policy direction on the physical development of the County.
|Mobility corridor:||A corridor designated for future multi-modal transportation
|Multi-modal transportation:||A transportation system that includes several types (modes)
of conveyances such as automobile, rail, bus, pedestrian and bicycle.
|Paratransit:||Specialized transit service to meet the needs of disabled
|Performance standards:||Criteria that must be met by development to limit a particular
|Principle:||See Guiding Principle above.
|Quality of life:||The personal perception of the physical, economic and emotional
well-being that exists in the community.
|Receiving areas:||See transfer of development rights below.
|Rural Conservation Development:||The name for the required rural cluster subdivision; see
|Rural Land Use Process:||Larimer County's voluntary procedure for development of properties
that are 70 acres or larger; designed to provide an attractive alternative
to division into 35-acre tracts.
|Sending areas:||See transfer of development rights below.
|Strategy:||A plan of action intended to accomplish a specific principle.
|Sustainable economy:||A system which maintains or enhances current economic opportunity
and community well-being without compromising the ability of future generations
to meet their own needs.
|Transfer of development rights (TDR):||Removal of the right to develop or build (usually described
in number of dwelling units per acre) from one property (the sending area)
and transfer of the right to a suitable property (the receiving area),
in order to preserve open space, agriculture and/or natural resources on
the first property.
|Transit:||A public transportation system, e.g., a public bus or light
|Travel demand management program (TDM):||A plan to alleviate traffic congestion through improved management
of vehicle trip demand, often including strategies to reduce single-occupancy
vehicles and encouraging travel at times of lower congestion.
|Unified Land Use Code:||See Land Use Code above.
|Urban Growth Area (UGA):||An area defined for urban development surrounding Loveland
and Fort Collins and established by Intergovernmental Agreements in 1980
with those Cities; the term Growth Management Area is used in the Master
Plan as a generic name for the same concept.
|Wetland:||The land transition between water and land systems where
the water table is usually at or near the surface or the land is covered
by shallow water, including swamps, marshes, bogs, riparian areas, salt
flats and vernal pools.