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Deadline: Open Until Filled.

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You can also Print the application form, fill it out and mail it to:
County Commissioners' Office
P.O. Box 1190
Fort Collins, CO 80522
Or, obtain an application form at the County Commissioners' Office, 200 West Oak Street, Fort Collins, Colorado

NOTE: We are currently seeking to fill an alternate board member position; see By Laws for more details.

Meeting Agenda and Minutes

All land in Larimer County is zoned. The zone represents the permitted uses on a parcel of land. Permitted uses reflect many things like historical uses such as agriculture and current uses such as what is expected by the neighbors. The Land Use Code spells out what is allowed where. Sometimes residents will want to do something different than what is allowed in the Land Use Code on a parcel of land. Sometimes they need more clarification. The Board of Adjustment is the body that hears and decides requests for variances, clarification, and interpretation. Example: If someone wanted to build a structure closer to a property line than is currently allowed in the rules, they would have to ask the Board of Adjustment for a variance. Whether they are allowed the variance depends on a list of criteria.

According to State Statutes, any county that has zoning regulations is required to provide for a Board of Adjustment, specifically for the purpose of hearing and deciding upon appeals. Appeals to the Board of Adjustment may be taken by any person aggrieved by his/her inability to obtain a building permit or by any order, requirement or decisions made by an administrative officer or agency in the administration, interpretation or enforcement of the provisions of the zoning resolution.

The Larimer County Land Use Code, Sec. 22.3, Appeals to the Board of Adjustment and Sec. 4.6, Variances spell out the applicable requirements. The decisions made by the Board of Adjustment are final, but can be appealed to the appropriate court.

Number of Members: 
5 (plus 2 alternate)
Term Length: 
3 Years
Organization Type: 
Time Commitment: 
3-4 hours per month

Meetings are held on the 4th Tuesday of the month (as needed) at 6:00 p.m. in the Larimer County Administrative Services Building, 200 West Oak Street, Fort Collins.  Meetings will be preceded by an afternoon field trip.

The time, date, and location of meetings are subject to change. Changes will be noted on the meeting agendaMeetings are open to the public.

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Board Members

Name Term Start Term End
Carol Cochrane
David Leighton
Lauren Light
Philip San Filippo
Lee Taylor
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