FORT COLLINS, Colo. — In a marathon meeting that started Tuesday and ended Wednesday morning, Fort Collins City Council approved the framework of the 4,000-home Montava neighborhood in northeast Fort Collins.

The nearly eight-hour meeting drew an overflow crowd of more than 200 to City Hall, many of whom implored council to reject or delay a development they said would exacerbate traffic problems and decrease safety on Country Club Road and Lemay Avenue.

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Plans for Montava, in the city's Mountain Vista area, include an estimated 3,900 energy- and water-efficient homes; a 40-acre working farm; an 80-acre community park; a town center; and an array of schools, trails, retail and other features.

If completed, Montava will be Fort Collins’ largest residential development in recent history. 

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