Fort Collins Nissan-Kia
- Client:TB Group, TCC Corporation
- Date: August, 2017 – present
- Project Type: Ecological characterization study, wetland delineation, pre-construction notification, upland and wetland ecological restoration planning, noxious weed management, raptor monitoring
- Info: Fort Collins Nissan-Kia hired Blue Mountain Environmental Consulting (BMEC) to provide a wetland management plan per the City of Fort Collins Land Use Code during the development process. The proposed commercial development near the City of Fort Collins Redtail Grove Natural Area required several types of environmental compliance.
The proposed Fort Collins Nissan-Kia auto dealership is located in south Fort Collins along Highway 287 in Larimer County. An ecological characterization study was required due to the project’s proximity to the city-owned Redtail Grove Natural Area. Blue Mountain collaborated with the developer, landscape architect, project engineer and City of Fort Collins to provide a variety of consulting services as the project progressed over the course of five years. Blue Mountain prepared an Ecological Characterization Study for the site to satisfy the requirements of Section 3.4.1 (D)(1) of the Land Use Code of the City of Fort Collins. The report evaluated the effects of development on wildlife, wetlands, vegetation and prominent views.
Proposed site activities would impact wetlands on Fossil Creek, Lang Gulch and an unnamed ditch, requiring an Army Corps of Engineers wetland delineation report (per the Regional Supplement to the ACOE Wetland Delineation Manual: Great Plains Region) and Pre-construction notification.
The proposed site expansion required the development of stormwater detention ponds and bioretention areas and restoration of disturbed uplands. Blue Mountain Environmental Consulting provided a wetland restoration plan for the detention ponds and bioretention areas. BMEC delivered an upland restoration plan to be used for revegetation of contoured uplands and ecological restoration of the Natural Habitat Buffer Zone (NHBZ). The ecological restoration plans included guidelines for soil treatment, planting native vegetation, erosion control, noxious weed management, monitoring and maintenance of the seeded area.
We conducted nest surveys and raptor monitoring in compliance with the Migratory Bird Treaty act and Colorado Parks and Wildlife Raptor Monitoring Guidelines.