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The Land Use Code is a set of regulations that guide how property is used and developed. The purpose of the Land Use Code is to protect landowner rights while also looking out for overall community interests with fair and consistent enforcement.
The best way to stay in the know and receive accurate information is to attend or review Planning Commission meetings. Planning Commission meetings take place on the first Monday of the month at 6:30 p.m., unless the date conflicts with a holiday.
The Planning Commission will review sections of the Land Use Code during a work session on the first Monday of the month at 5:30 p.m. You may access meeting information and material by clicking here. Work sessions are open to the public to observe. Sessions are intended to be a productive collaboration time for the for Planning Commissioners as they work on the LUC. Public comment is not intended to be a part of the agenda and is under the discretion of the commission chair.
Meetings are held at the Leeper Center 3800 Wilson Ave, Wellington, CO 80549 or can be watched digitally on Zoom. Meeting information and material may be found on the Agendas and Minutes page by clicking here.
Updates will be provided on this page of the Town's website and the Town's social media linked below.
The Land Use Code includes a description of all uses, the processes that are available for development, and the standards for development. Zoning is one part of the Land Use Code. It is one of the tools that directs property development and use. "Zoning" is a set of zone districts that list uses and other requirements for each district.
General land use categories identified in the Comprehensive Plan include:
Low Density Residential - A Single Family Home
Medium Density Residential - Primarily single-family and a variety of attached homes (e.g., townhomes, duplexes, fourplexes, cottage courts, and apartments) no taller than 3 stories.
Commercial - Various retail and services ranging from shopping areas, to gyms, hospitality, lodging, entertainment, medical, and social services.
Mixed Use - Primarily restaurants, offices, livework units, mid-rise apartments, condominiums, urban lodging, civic uses, public facilities, and cultural activities
Downtown Neighborhoods - Primarily detached and attached single-family homes, backyard cottages, cottage courts, duplexes to fourplexes, and townhouses, no taller than 3 stories.
Downtown Core - Primarily restaurants, specialty retail, offices, housing, urban lodging, and cultural activities, no taller than 3 stories.
Industrial - Primarily large format buildings for manufacturing, assembly, warehousing, distribution, and processing. Complementary uses may include research and development.
Civic - Town buildings such as offices, the library, community center, and schools; government buildings such as post office and fire department; regional schools or research centers.
Office hours are Mon-Fri 1-5pm. Outside of those hours we suggest you call the office to make sure that someone is in the office to help you. The phone number for Wellington Recreation is (970) 568-7410. The address is 8700 Third Street, Wellington Colorado 80549
You may also purchase required jerseys and other apparel during office hours!
Yes! You can register online by clicking here or navigating to the "Register" tab on the recreation website. Online registration is open 24/7 during registration periods.
All refund requests need to be received by email to firstname.lastname@example.org and include participant name, sport, team (if applicable), and reason for needing a refund. A 100% refund of registration fees will be given for requests received before games begin. Requests received after games have begun are not eligible for a refund. A 100% refund of registration fees is given to adult teams that request a refund before schedules are posted online. No refund is given for teams requesting a refund after schedules have been posted online. If an activity or league is cancelled all registrants/teams receive a 100% refund of registration fees.
No worries, we will work to help you find a team!
If you would like to participate in an adult sport but don’t have a team you can post your contact information on our Facebook page. You may also register as a free agent and the Recreation Department will work to help find you a team.
For all our youth sports (Fort Collins Baseball Club leagues excluded) a blue/white reversible jersey is required by all participants. Jerseys can be purchased at the Recreation Office (8700 Third Street) during registration hours (Mon-Fri 1-5pm. ) for $20. Also available for purchase are shorts ($10) and socks ($5). We allow a grace period for the first week of games, but a participant is required to wear a blue/white reversible jersey by the second week of games.
No. For the safety of all our adult and youth sports’ participants jewelry of any sort is not allowed (except medical and religious needs). Taping of earrings, watches, rings, etc. is not allowed. Officials have been instructed to check for jewelry. If a player is asked to remove jewelry games will be stopped until jewelry is removed.
We believe that our community should encourage younger participants to focus on developing skills, sportsmanship, being a good teammate, building social skills, and learning to love the sport they are playing.
Yes. Roster requests will only be considered for those that request it during regular registration periods. If multiple requests would provide for unbalanced teams they may not be considered. Roster requests are never guaranteed though we do our best to honor requests. Siblings and other family members will be assigned to the same team.
Limiting roster size allows each participants playing time to be maximized.
Our volunteer coaches must complete coach certification, paperwork, and concussion awareness training before they are given access to their team rosters. Most of our volunteer coaches have busy lives and sometimes it takes them a while to complete everything. Usually, coaches will contact their teams within a week after coach meetings. If a coach has not been in contact after that week call the Recreation Office at (970) 568-7410 so that we can get you contact information for your coach.
A certain number of coaches are required to allow every youth player a chance to participate. Without enough coaches, play time may be limited and the league may not be able to play. We want to avoid this at all costs so we do as much outreach as possible attempting to get parents or community members that might be on the fence about coaching, involved.
If you would like to coach a youth sport you can either indicate “Yes” when registering online or let Recreation Staff know if registering in the office. Otherwise, you can call the rec office at (970) 568-7410 or email at email@example.com with your name and phone number. We look forward to hearing from you!
No. We don’t offer multiple registrant discounts.
Yes. One child is able to participate in the same program/sport as you are coaching.
Call the Recreation Office (970) 568-7410 if you are having trouble registering online due to a participant being in the wrong grade so that we can update their profile. Do not create another profile for the participant as that will not resolve the issue.
Due to limited participants in each age group, we need to combine a larger range of grades in order to create enough teams for play.
All of our gym space is acquired from Poudre School District (PSD) and we can only access their space at specific times in order to accommodate their needs and ours.
Poudre School District (PSD) has strict policies with regards to school access and safety. This is for the safety of all students, staff, and others that use the schools for activities. These policies do not allow school staff to keep outside doors unlocked even with scheduled after school events.
A single token is $1.75 for 15 pitches. Six (6) tokens are $10. Stations are also available for rent ($25 per half hour).
Please see batting cage hours by clicking here.
Yes. Customers can use their own bats but Recreation Staff is not held liable for any damage to personal equipment.
For the safety of all customers, helmets with facemasks are required at all times inside the batting cages. Such helmets are provided by Wellington Recreation. There are no exceptions to this policy. Personal helmets with face masks may be worn.
You can call the game cancellation line at (970) 568-3284. The Recreation Staff will update the information by 7:00am.
Recreation Staff will solely be responsible for canceling youth games due to unsafe conditions. Please call the weather line to check the status of games at (970) 568-3284.
As per our policies, cancelled games are not guaranteed to be re-scheduled. Recreation Staff will make every effort to reschedule games. Games are not guaranteed to be rescheduled during typical game times.
No, only Recreation Staff has authorization to cancel games. It is our expectation that all coaches show up ready to coach their teams unless games have been officially cancelled.
Yes, Town staff are actively pursuing every available option at both the state and federal level.
The Board of Trustees as elected representatives vote on whether to take on a capital expenditures municipal bond. The existing State Revolving Loan is a bond however it is not paid for with property tax and does not go to the voters.
No. The ballot initiative created through the citizens' initiative process outlined the use of potential tax. “Sec. 15-40 Purpose of tax. The Board of Trustees hereby declares that the purpose of the levy of the Retail Marijuana Sales Tax imposed by this Article is for raising funds for construction of a new community or recreation center, and/or other general operating expenses as may be designated instead by the Town on an annual basis.”
A sinking fund is an account where money that is received prior to a payment is set aside to make future loan payments or retire debt. We are proposing a sinking fund so that the loan is paid off before another plant is needed. The goal is to avoid stacking debt.
Governmental accounting requires enterprise accounts to pay their own way. At the Town of Wellington, we have three enterprise funds: water, sewer and drainage.
An Enterprise Fund supports all its expenses through the revenues generated by the organization, like a private business enterprise. The cost of providing water and sewer services to our utility customers is recovered or financed through charges to the users of these services. These costs are paid entirely by current and future water and sewer customers. Although we operate like a private business enterprise, there is one key difference - we do not generate any profits. All revenue received goes to pay expenses. Balances in any account are utilized to meet current or future financial requirements.
YES! The Town has slowed growth from a 5-year average of 229 permits per year to 100 permits per year until the new plants are online.
An impact fee is a one-time payment imposed by the Town on a property developer. The fee is meant to offset the financial impact a new development places on public infrastructure. Public infrastructure includes roads, schools, parks, recreational facilities, water and sewerage, among other services.
Growth is currently being slowed to 100 permits per year to ensure there is a balance between needed funding and the ability to meet demand. The wastewater treatment plant expansion will service a population of approximately 25,000 and is estimated to come online in early 2024.
The wastewater treatment plant is currently at its built-out point, meaning it has lasted as long as it was supposed to last. The expansion is needed to meet compliance for current residents while also planning for future growth. New regulations imposed by the State of Colorado cannot be met with the capability of our current plant leading to needed improvements to continue operation for both current and future members of the Wellington community.
Yes, the regulations set by the State of Colorado are becoming more stringent and our current plant cannot treat wastewater to the upcoming standards. The project would look slightly different if future growth were to stop completely. However, rates would increase even further for current residents if growth were to end completely.
There are seasonal peaks, weekly peaks, and daily peaks. You can make a difference by using the water and sewer system off daily peak hours (9-11 a.m.) (5- 9 p.m.). When everyone uses water at the same time, the system is taxed as it beings operating toward maximum capacity. The growth rate is currently being slowed to handle the capacity for the next 3-5 years until phase 3 comes online in 2024.
The Town has evaluated rates for water and wastewater fees and charges. The results of these analyses indicate that new development impact fees (water tap and sewer tap) are in need of an increase.
Residential water and sewer taps currently make up the largest portion of new development impact fees, along with a modest number of new business impact fees. Although impact fees are collected just one time at the time a building permit is issued, the fees are typically passed on to the homebuyer or business and often rolled into the home mortgage or business loan. Homeowners and businesses continue to pay for the one-time cost in their monthly mortgage or loan payments. The homeowner/business also begins paying monthly usage rates beginning at the time construction is complete. Balancing the one-time impact fee costs is important to ensure the cost burden to homebuyers and small businesses continues to be manageable.
Yes. The cost of water has increased exponentially since 2011. Since 2011, our water cost has increased 238.8%. Please click here to view the utility rate presentation presented on 08/10/2020 for additional detail (link provided above).
Yes, according to the 2021 Drinking Water Quality Report which is based on water quality monitoring data collected in 2020, the Town’s water meets all state and federal drinking water health standards, which are the primary standards for treating and monitoring water. State mandated water quality compliance testing is completed annually by a State of Colorado certified laboratory. Results show Wellington water is compliant in all categories. You can find more information on the Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment Consumer Confidence Reports, under “WELLINGTON TOWN OF – CO0135838.”
The Division of Local Government (DLG) conducts an annual survey of local utility providers and gathers information about water and sewer rates. In 2020, drinking water rates, (for 10,000 gallons of use), showed a 24.9% median increase for municipalities. Additionally, municipalities wastewater rates showed a 3.57% median increase.
According to the 2020 rate survey, the average monthly residential water bill for municipal customer in Colorado was $67.93 (based on 10,000 gallons of use). Comparatively, Wellington water customer paid $111.60 (based on 10,000 gallons of use).
Municipal sewer customers in Colorado paid an average monthly bill of $38.04 and Wellington residential customers paid $27.13 on average monthly.
Your exact bill will be determined by your household water usage plus the base rate of $66 (a $31 increase) beginning January 2021. The tiered water rate is not changing.
To calculate a prediction for your household To calculate the increase you can expect to see, use your past bills to determine the average gallons of water per cycle used in your household. Your bill will include a base rate increase of $31 with usage charges determined by the tiered structure found here.
Need help finding how many gallons of water your household has used from past bills? Click here.
The tier structure is designed to reward users for conserving water. The less water you use, the less you pay per 1,000 gallons. Not only does this allow you to take your water bill into your own hands, the Town is better positioned to meet the current and growing demand.
The tier structure is increased in October 2020 as detailed below
The Town recognizes the difficulty of this increase with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Unfortunately, after exhausting every possible option, it was determined the timing could not be adjusted. The water fund reserves were being depleted at the rate of $7,000 per day. The rate to purchase raw water has increased exponentially compounded by the first payment on debt service for the necessary water treatment plant update.
The cost to produce clean water has increased exponentially. The base rate had to be adjusted to reflect the cost of providing safe water to your household.
The three main reasons for increasing cost:1. Capital improvement to maintain State of Colorado water quality standards2. Rising cost to purchase water3. Expanded infrastructure needed to meet current and growing demands
For a more detailed breakdown of the water rate study click here.
Prior to the current two phase increase rates were minimally raised in 2016.
The Bulk water dispenser has been reopened. You can find rate information and hours of operation by clicking here.
7,000 gallons per month
The Town of Wellington has a Municipal Water Efficiency Plan in place as of 2018 and the Town has had on-going Water Efficiency Activities since 2013. These activities include automatic meter reading installation and operations, a leak detection and repair program, weekly and time of day outdoor water restrictions, and several other plans. If you are interested in reading the full Water Efficiency Plan, please click here.
Before any water fees are paid to the Town, a developer is first responsible for providing the water infrastructure (underground pipes) that extend water services throughout the subdivision. The cost of installing the new infrastructure is paid by the developer initially, and developers will typically recover their cost of installation in the sale price of the lot or home. Each new residential dwelling unit that is permitted is required to pay a water tap fee, currently $5,500. This is the capital cost of connecting to the Town’s water treatment and distribution system. Tap fees are used by the Town to pay for water treatment plant expansions, upgrades and new equipment necessitated to accommodate the impacts of new growth. Each new dwelling is also required to bring raw water to the Town (raw water is a term used to describe untreated water resources, such as water shares, rights or wells that can be accessed by the Town for treatment and distribution to residents). This is typically accomplished by paying a fee in-lieu of water dedication (pay a fee instead of providing the actual water resources) and is paid at the time a building permit is issued. The raw water fee is established based upon the cost of acquiring new water rights, and is currently $19,285.50. The Town uses these fees to purchase water shares or rights, or to lease water shares or rights for treatment and distribution. Once the water tap fee and the raw water fee are satisfied, a building permit is issued and the home builder pays the same residential water utility rates as residents until such time as the property is sold and the new home-buyer takes responsibility for the water utility fees. The water utility fees are used to pay for the cost of treating water and maintaining the water treatment and distribution systems.
Conservation measures such as xeriscaping and other methods of reducing outdoor water demand are being evaluated by the Town. A combination of standard requirements for new construction, best practice guidelines, and incentives for converting existing water-intensive landscapes will be considered. Reducing outdoor water consumption will be integral to the Town’s future, and will need frequent evaluation to ensure regulations and programs are commensurate with available resources and remain beneficial to the Town and its residents.
The Town is currently working on an update to the Comprehensive Plan, including creating vision and values statements for our community and future growth. More information and opportunities to provide comments is available here (Comprehensive Plan). We would love your input!
Water use was an important consideration in the design and approval of the new high school/middle school. The property has a well on-site and the school district will be installing a non-potable irrigation system using the well water to irrigate the ball fields and other landscaped areas. The well water that will be used for outdoor irrigation is not part of the Town’s water system, thus significantly reducing the impacts to the Town’s water supply and distribution systems. The new school will be utilizing Town water supplies for indoor use, and the school district will be paying the applicable Town water rates for usage. Although a school is a significant water customer of the Town, the hours that water is used at a school is offset from the high demand hours of residential uses. Since the hours of highest demand are offset, the Town’s ability to treat water to meet the demand is minimally impacted.
No, you will be charged based on how many gallons of water you use a month. The number 7,000 gallons was used for the scenarios in the survey and presentations because it was the average amount of water used by Wellington residents. The water rate increase will be applied to the amount of what you use each month.
The Town Board and Staff have looked into other water options, unfortunately none are financially viable at this time.
The Board of Trustees adopted new water rate fees in September 2020 and January 2021.
The Town has held several Virtual Public Meetings in 2020 related to this issue including 4 different educational presentations which you can find above. The Town has created a survey for residents to provide feedback related to the Water Rate Increase in August 2020.
The process has started and the goal of completion is 2024.
Water needs vary among municipalities and therefore they cannot be compared. In order for Wellington to continue to provide safe water for their residents, these increases are necessary.
The Town’s raw water supply comes from North Poudre Reservoir No. 3 that is sourced from the North Fork and Poudre River groundwater from the Coal Creek aquifer. Raw water from North Poudre Reservoir No. 3 supplies the Town’s Conventional and Microfiltration facilities that are both located near the reservoir. Groundwater is pumped from three wells into the Town’s Nanofiltration and Reverse Osmosis (RO) facilities located near the Leeper Center.
The Town of Wellington encourages conservation methods such as xeriscaping and this would benefit residents in less consumption per month which would lower bills per month. If you are interested in conservation methods for your lawn, we suggested you check out the Northern Water’s website here for Water Wise Landscapes.
There are several presentations available on the “Utility Rate Update” page on our website. Please take advantage of the videos, board meetings, and powerpoints. If you have additional questions please contact Communications Specialist Mahalia Henschel at firstname.lastname@example.org or call at (970) 342-8500.
On August 12, 2020 the Town updated water fees required for new residential development. The adopted fees are based on the actual costs to the Town to acquire new water sources needed to serve the new developments.
Aesthetic effects (such as taste, odor, or color) in Wellington’s drinking water are caused by frequent blue green algal blooms in the reservoir that provides our water. The decomposition of the algae creates chemical compounds that create a general earthiness in the water. According to the Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment, Wellington’s water meets all state and federal drinking water health standards. Taste and odor causing effects are difficult to remove from the water but are not a risk to health or safety. To help remove taste and odor compounds, the Town is currently working on expanding the Water Treatment Plant which incorporates newer technological improvements to help eliminate taste and odor concerns. The plant is schedule to be completed in 2024.
To view the most recent Water Quality Reports, visit our website: http://www.wellingtoncolorado.gov/299/Water-Quality-Reports
Contact one of the following agencies to apply for assistance:
Discover Goodwill: 1-888-775-5327
Catholic Charities Larimer County: 970-484-5010
La Familia/The Family Center: 970-221-1615
Drinking-water systems collect source water from rivers, lakes, groundwater wells, remove pollutants, and distribute safe water. Wastewater systems collect used water and sewage, remove contaminants, and dis-charge clean water back into the nation's rivers and lakes for future use. Therefore, that is the reason these two projects must go hand in hand.