Fort Collins Urban Design Award

Norris Design’s Bloom Pollinator Master Plan received a Fort Collins Urban Design Award in the Urban Design Plan category. This award recognizes a plan or a study that provides a development or redevelopment strategy in the mid-term to long term. We are honored to receive this award and look forward to continuing work at the Bloom community development alongside our client, Hartford Homes.

The Bloom Pollinator Master Plan is an innovative community planning and site design tool meant to establish pollinator habitat at Hartford Homes’ new 229-acre mixed-use neighborhood in Fort Collins. Although the Master Plan was developed specifically for multi-phased development within the Bloom community, it supports the City’s broader goals of creating pollinator habitat, integrating natural systems, improving aesthetics, implementing sustainable landscapes and stewarding natural resources.

There are currently no specific code requirements or guiding documents that allow City staff to review development plans based on their ability to support pollinators—nor a developer guide for integrating pollinator habitat into designs. The Master Plan meets this need and serves as an important guide for supporting safe migration of pollinator species within Bloom, and for connectivity to larger pollinator pathways along the Cooper Slough and Cache la Poudre River. Norris Design collaborated with City staff to develop pollinator habitat guidelines, from planning and design through maintenance best practices.