A message from Pete Wysocki - Director of Planning and Development
As you can readily see, 2019 was an especially productive and busy year for us. We began the year with City Council’s adoption of PlanCOS, our City’s award winning and first new 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. in almost 20 years. PlanCOS sets the tone for many City initiatives, and guides our Department and others in supporting private and public investment in the physical development of our City. Our Land Use Review Division (LUR) and Development Review Enterprise (DRE) both had a really big year with the numbers and variety of development applications we processed throughout the City, and also with the innovative problem solving approaches and process improvements we applied. Our Urban Planning Division kept more than busy with the largest combination of private development, non-profit and public projects ever in the history of Downtown and the neighborhoods around it. Along with administering programs related to millions of dollars in Federal and State housing funds, our Community Development Division laid the groundwork for the early 2020 completion of HomeCOS, our first ever fully comprehensive housing plan. Substantial additional progress was made in our homeless outreach plans and initiatives. Our Real Estate Services Division effectively supported a myriad of general City and Colorado Springs Utilities land transactions. Finally, our Neighborhood Services Division set records for cases opened and resolved and their Quality of Life Team removed mountains of trash. One of the proudest moments for the Department was when Pedro Laumbach of the Quality of Life Team was honored by Mayor Suthers as the 2019 City Employee of the Year. Go Pedro! I’m particularly happy to report that work on re-writing the City’s zoning and subdivision code – RetoolCOS - began in earnest in 2019, and adoption of the new unified development code is planned for mid-2021. In closing, I would like to thank my staff for their hard work, dedication and professionalism. I am proud of you and what you have achieved in 2019.
- Peter Wysocki, AICP, Planning and Community Development Director