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Comprehensive Planning



The City of Colorado Springs is in the process of updating the Comprehensive Plan. 


The Comprehensive Plan is a guide for the physical growth of the city to the year 2020.  In doing so, it serves as a long-range vision of what we want our city to become, as a tool for making decisions about how that vision should be achieved, and as a specific program of action for reaching our stated objectives.  As a long-range vision, the Plan sets forth the values we want to realize as the city changes over the next 20 years and ties those values to the physical development and shaping of the community.  It also presents an official policy framework and mapped context for making incremental decisions regarding land development issues.  Finally, the Plan outlines the strategies and steps the community can follow to make it a reality.


  • Is the most livable city on the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains;
  • Respects its heritage and its natural setting;
  • Projects a highly attractive image and protects its unique character and scenic beauty;
  • Provides an incomparable system of open spaces, natural areas, and greenways;
  • Is truly a city of neighborhoods - with affordable housing, walkable destinations, convenient parks, and quality schools;
  • Establishes positive connections between different land uses and achieves a well designed balance between their location and mix, encourages innovation and creativity in development and the creation of an aesthetically appealing community;
  • Successfully integrates the uses and activities that meet the daily needs of residents, including housing, shops, work places, schools, parks, and civic facilities;
  • Has a transportation system with a high degree of efficiency, mobility, accessibility, connectivity, and a range of real choices for traveling between destinations within the community;
  • Is equitable and fiscally responsible in providing, maintaining, and upgrading public services and infrastructure;
  • Supports the economic health of the community by maintaining a strong environment for business environment and education; 
  • Works proactively with other communities to create and maintain a high quality of life in the Pikes Peak Region.

The Comprehensive Plan outlines information on land use, neighborhoods, transportation, community infrastructure, natural environment, community character and implementation along with various land use maps. An Annual Report on the Comprehensive Plan was done from 2004 through 2008 to monitor and evaluate the implementation of the Plan and to be used as a gauge to measure the extent to which the Plan is able to effectively guide land use decisions. A link to each Chapter, Annual Report and various Land Use Maps are included below. A majority of the documents and maps are in Adobe .pdf format and require version Adobe X or newer to view and download.


2001 Comprehensive Plan

Comprehensive Planning Projects: