Public invited to digital open house on proposed changes to zone districts and design standards

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Subdivision and zoning update, RetoolCOS, to share draft of Module 2 Nov. 17

The public is invited to learn about RetoolCOS, the City’s process for updating Chapter 7, the current Zoning and Subdivision Ordinance, and the Module 2 draft focusing on Development and Design Standards, at a digital public meeting November 17. The City’s Zoning and Subdivision Ordinance, which guides how property owners can use their land, is being updated to provide the tools to carry out the vision and goals of development within in the City, based on PlanCOS, the City’s adopted 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.


What: RetoolCOS, an update to the City’s Zoning and Subdivision Ordinance

Module 2: Development and Design Standards

When: Tuesday, Nov. 17, 6 – 7 p.m.

Where: Digital Public Meeting hosted on Microsoft Teams

Phone in option:  720-617-3426   

United States, Denver | Phone Conference ID: 102 973 358#  


This meeting will provide the public an opportunity to learn more about Module 2, which encompasses the proposed changes to development and design standards, to include landscape and parking requirements, architectural standards, and subdivision regulations.  This is the second of three draft “Modules” of the proposed Unified Development Code (UDC), which is intended to replace Chapter 7 of City Code – the City’s current Zoning and Subdivision Ordinance. Module 1 was presented to the public for review and comment in May.

The public will learn from City Staff and the RetoolCOS consultant team about changes to the current zoning and subdivision regulations. Proposed changes in the draft of Module 2 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 the 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:


Event dates

Location Virtual Meeting (map)

Date/Time Tuesday, November 17, 2020 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm