FCBR’s REALTOR & Consumer Advocacy Department helps to ensure the success of our members via the 4 “I’s”- Involvement, Investment, Information, & Influence. Our Advocacy efforts are predicated on meaningful Community Involvement, Investment in key organizations, trustworthy local real estate Information, and effective Influence on local public policy.           

Key committees/task forces of this department include Government Affairs, REALTOR® Political Action Committee, Community Outreach, CARHOF, Linda Norton Good Neighbor Scholarship Fund, Public Relations, & Monthly Market Information.

To learn more about this department and its related activities please contact Department Director Clint Skutchan at 402-0852 or clint@fcbr.org.

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FCBR Takes Position on TOD Parking Standards

The FCBR BOD at its July meeting supported a number of positions in relation to the upcoming discussions of parking standards in the Transit Oriented Development Overlay District. While offering a great deal of support for most of the proposals FCBR will begin lobbying for the inclusion of offsets that would encourage affordable options for average wage earners in addition to low income housing. FCBR is also concerned about a proposal that would require new minimum parking standards for non-residential units. You can learn more about this issue via our FCBR Coloradoan Column this month or read on....

Background Info:

For the past year the City of Fort Collins has been reviewing parking standards for the Transit Oriented Development overlay district. The overlay is designed to encourage higher levels of density and design that supports transit style developments primarily along the Mason Corridor, but does extend around CSU’s Campus.

The review has taken place at the direction of City Council who passed a temporary change in minimum parking standards in the TOD following concerns expressed with developments that had too little parking which created impacts on neighbors.

The process has featured significant outreach including 3 visits by City Staff to GAC over the past year. Following the outreach and Council Work Session earlier this year the following items are slated to come forward to City Council on October 7th. We are bringing these items to you at this time in order to all FCBR to do the work necessary to have our support, concerns, and suggestions considered.

Key areas of Focus:

  • Establish ongoing Minimum Parking Standards for Residential Development
  • Establish Alternative Compliance Standards that could be used to lower the parking requirements
  • Determine if a Non-Residential development should have minimum parking standards (none currently)
  • Further  assess the impact of an on street paid parking system and how to use those funds
  • Consider ways to see more Parking Structures developed
  • Continued monitoring of the all parking standards in light of MAX and build out of the Mason Corridor

FCBR Position Statements:

  • That the Fort Board of REALTORS® support the retention of current standards of no minimum parking for non-residential developments
  • That the Fort Board of REALTORS® support the purpose of the Transit Oriented Development district overlay and the utilization of MAX and the proposed minimum parking standards for all residential units regardless of business type
  • That the Fort Board of REALTORS® support a proposed scale approach for affordable housing exemptions & ensure that the proposed standards not conflict with other affordable housing standards. Moreover, FCBR would like see significantly greater reduction in parking requirements for transit pass purchases by developers
  • That the Fort Board of REALTORS® support further exploring parking structures in Fort Collins as means by which to address parking concerns and maintain housing costs.
  • That the Fort Board of REALTORS® support continued monitoring of transit and development impacts on the corridor with regard to parking with a focus on key factors and outcomes related to the goals of the Transit Oriented Development overlay.

FCBR will be developing a series of talking points and specific proposals to be shared with City Leadership over the coming weeks. If you would like to learn more about this issue please contact us at 223-2900 or clint@fcbr.org.

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July Housing Report: Housing Costs Remain High

July Housing Report: New Listings were down 9.9 percent for single family homes but increased 10.1 percent for townhouse-condo properties. Pending sales clocked in at 68 for single family homes and 28 for townhouse-condo properties.The Median Sales Price was down 1.5 percent to $270,000 for single family homes but increased 1.1 percent to $180,000 for townhouse-condo properties.Month’s Supply of Inventory stood at 4.0 for single family units and 2.9 months for townhouse-condo units. Read on for more data, graphs and commentary

2014 Capitol Connections Legislative Recap

REALTORS® are hard at work every day promoting home ownership and protecting your interests at our State Capitol. With the 2014 legislative session adjourned, you can view a review of the critical issues that impacted the real estate industry. Featuring Scott Peterson, Esq., Counsel Realty Group, LLC ----- Rachel Nance, Principal, Lewis Roca Rothgerber ---- Ted Leighty, CAR Vice President of Public Policy

RPAC Drawing: First American Title Offers $100 Local Brewery Package

Have YOU invested in our Housing Future Yet? Well what are you waiting for.. each month that passes means you are missing out on our fabulous Future of Housing (RPAC) Investment Campaign's Monthly Drawing! July's Drawing of the month is courtesy of First American Title and they are offering a Local Brewery Package including growlers and fills worth more than $100!

Annual Future of Housing Fundraising Campaign Raises over $22,000

Have you Invested in our Housing Future yet? By investing $25 or more in the REALTOR® Political Action Committee (RPAC) not only will you be supporting important REALTOR® & Consumer Advocacy efforts that protect your business, but once again this year you will be given a shot at an Ipad + over $1,500 in other prizes. Plus invest $50 or more and you will be invited to our recognition celebration where you will enjoy networking, beverages, & light food. Plus invest $50 before April 6th and get a shot at an amazing Broncos get-away and $5,000 in other prizes.

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