Wary of tech issues, Fort Collins leaders table plan for online land use, zoning hearings

Fort Collins Coloradoan: Fort Collins City Council tabled an ordinance allowing remote hearings on quasi-judicial matters — including the rezoning of the former Hughes Stadium site — because of concerns that the city’s virtual participation system isn’t ready for prime time.

Council members voted unanimously to revisit the ordinance at an adjourned meeting April 7, when they’ll discuss how to make it more narrowly focused and fair to the community.

Tuesday’s vote was the latest council and staff effort to adapt municipal government in the time of coronavirus. Officials shuttered city hall and moved to entirely remote meetings on March 30, temporarily barring a quintessential form of public involvement: logging comments and concerns in person at biweekly City Council meetings.

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