Public invited to digital open house on proposed changes to zoning districts and uses

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Subdivision and zoning update, RetoolCOS, to share draft of first module May 5

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - The public is invited to learn about RetoolCOS, the City’s process for updating the zoning and subdivision ordinance, and the draft of the plan’s first module focusing on Zoning Districts and Uses, at a digital public meeting May 5. The City’s zoning ordinance, which guides how property owners can use their land, is being updated to provide the tools to carry out the vision of PlanCOS, a two-year community effort to establish the City’s comprehensive planA comprehensive plan is a guiding document that provides a framework for city policies and priorities regarding the physical development of the city. It is a long-range vision of what we want our city to become and is a tool for making decisions about how that vision should be achieved. It outlines strategic steps to make the vision a reality and provides targeted and strategic planning of the physical development of the city. for the physical development of the city.

  • What: RetoolCOS, an update to the City’s zoning and subdivision ordinance; Plan Module: Zoning Districts and Uses
  • When: Tuesday, May 5, 6 – 7 p.m.
  • Where: Digital Public Meeting on Microsoft Teams  (meeting link and call in number will be available soon on the RetoolCOS project website)

This meeting provides the public an opportunity to learn more about the proposed changes to the zoning districts in Colorado Springs and the uses allowed in each of those districts – all of which will be included in Module 1 of the new Unified Development Code (UDC). This is the first of three draft “Modules” of the new UDC, which is intended to replace the City’s current zoning and subdivision chapter of City Code.

The public will learn from City Staff and the RetoolCOS consultant team about changes to the current zoning regulations.  Throughout the draft of Module 1, the proposed changes are intended to improve the quality of development, provide a more efficient land development process, and meet the goals and objectives of PlanCOS.

City staff and the project team will share the overall goals of the project, basic land use and zoning issues and processes, types of changes that may be made to the zoning and subdivision code and provide input on the City’s current regulations as they pertain to the implementation of PlanCOS.

RetoolCOS and PlanCOS background

PlanCOS, the City’s guide for the future physical development of Colorado Springs over the next 20 years, was adopted by City Council in January 2019. Focused around six themes: vibrant neighborhoods, unique places, thriving economy, strong connections, renowned culture and majestic landscapes; PlanCOS establishes the City’s land-use vision and directs how the City will accommodate future growth and change while building upon the strengths of existing communities.

The City’s subdivision and zoning code must be updated to carry out the technical provisions for implementing the vision of PlanCOS. RetoolCOS will update the Zoning and Subdivision Ordinance, Chapter 7 of City Code, which has not been comprehensively updated since the late 1990s, with the goal of establishing a new, modern and more user-friendly Unified Development Code (UDC).

For more information about RetoolCOS visit:  www.ColoradoSprings.gov/RetoolCOS

In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act this meeting will be held in a wheelchair accessible location. Anyone requiring an auxiliary aid to participate in this meeting should make the request as soon as possible but no later than 48 hours before the scheduled event. Please notify Kim Melchor at kim.melchor@coloradosprings.gov  or 719-385-5248.

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