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Waverly is a small unincorporated community in rural eastern Larimer County, Colorado, United States. It is primarily an agricultural community, consisting of a group of houses along County Road 15 surrounded by ranchlands north of Fort Collins and west of Wellington. The only public buildings in town are a fire station of the Wellington Fire District, as well as the Waverly School, a former schoolhouse. The community has gained local notoriety in recent years because of recent subdivision growth along County Road 15, as well as by efforts of local citizens to manage growth and repel possible annexation attempts.
In law, an unincorporated area is a region of land that is not governed by a local municipal corporation; similarly an unincorporated community is a settlement that is not governed by its own local municipal corporation, but rather is administered as part of larger administrative divisions, such as a township, parish, borough, county, city, canton, state, province or country. Occasionally, municipalities dissolve or disincorporate, which may happen if they become fiscally insolvent, and services become the responsibility of a higher administration. Widespread unincorporated communities and areas are a distinguishing feature of the United States and Canada. In most other countries of the world, there are either no unincorporated areas at all, or these are very rare; typically remote, outlying, sparsely populated or uninhabited areas.
Larimer County is one of the 64 counties in the U.S. state of Colorado. As of the 2010 census, the population was 299,630. The county seat and most populous city is Fort Collins. The county was named for William Larimer, Jr., the founder of Denver.
Colorado is a state of the Western United States encompassing most of the southern Rocky Mountains as well as the northeastern portion of the Colorado Plateau and the western edge of the Great Plains. It is the 8th most extensive and 21st most populous U.S. state. The estimated population of Colorado was 5,695,564 on July 1, 2018, an increase of 13.25% since the 2010 United States Census.
The area around the community was settled in the 1880s, with ranching and sugar beet cultivation as the primary industries. In 1903, the town was platted by F.C. Grable and promoted by his brother Sherman. It was named "Waverly" after the Walter Scott novels by a post clerk in the early 20th century. Most of the platted development did not occur, however, and the town remained very small in size. In the early 20th century, it was incorporated for a time as the Town of Waverly and governed by a board of trustees. At its height, the town had several stores, a church, and post office, as well as the school, built in 1918. The girls basketball team won state championships in 1939 and 1940. In 1960, the school district was consolidated with the larger nearby Poudre School District, and the school became an elementary school. The elementary school was closed in 1992, and for the next 12 years, the building was used as a teen program center by the school district. In 2004, the school district moved the programs to Fort Collins and the building was sold to a private non-profit organization. Most recently, the building serves as an alternative teen learning center by Turning Point, the meeting place for the Ridin' for the Brand Cowboy Church, and occasionally as a community hall.
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The Poudre School District (R-1) is a K–12 public school district in Larimer County in northern Colorado. The district operates and manages the public schools in the city of Fort Collins, as well as in the towns of Wellington, Timnath and Windsor, and unincorporated communities of Larimer County including Laporte and Livermore. The district is one of the fastest growing in Northern Colorado, adding 500 students — about the size of an elementary school — each year.
The Waverly community today consists of rural homes and ranches located around County Road 15. In the 1990s, the rapid growth of Fort Collins and Wellington began to encroach on the area with the development of several upscale ranchette subdivisions along County Road 15, as well as growth spreading from nearby Wellington. The new development prompted community efforts to manage growth. In 2001, the Waverly Community Group was formed in response to a proposal by Fort Collins to build a highway bypass south of Waverly. In 2002, the group effectively lobbied the Board of Trustees of the Town of Wellington to adjust its growth plan to avoid the eventual annexation of Waverly. In 2004, the group was designated as the managers of an "area of concern" by the Larimer County Board of Trustees, who would be notified and consulted regarded any county ordinances or growth plans in the area.
The Waverly community in general is bounded as follows: on the north by County Road 72, on the east by County Road 11, on the west by County Road 21, and on the south by County Road 64.
Waverly continues to enjoy a mix of interlocking agricultural activities and cottage industries that contribute to its uniqueness. The people of Waverly in general are involved with the land and livestock and are invested in keeping the open, agrarian, rural character of their community intact.
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