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Planning & Development Publications and Manuals


Land Use Review has a variety of codes, publications and manuals available to be purchased, viewed and/or downloaded.

The Code of the City of Colorado Springs, 2001 as amended includes the Comprehensive Plan, Zoning Code and Subdivision Code.

The Comprehensive Plan is Article 1 of Chapter 7 and provides an overall view of development.

The Zoning Code portion is Articles 2 through 5 of Chapter 7 and pertains to specific standards, regulations and requirements for planning and development.

The Subdivision Code portion is Article 6 through 9 of Chapter 7 and pertains to standards and regulations for subdivision and platting of property.

Hard copies of the Comprehensive Plan, Zoning and Subdivision Code and manuals can be purchased through the Office Services Division at the City Administration Building located at 30 S. Nevada Avenue, Suite L01.

Some of the publications and manuals that are available include the Landscape Code and Policy Manual, Hillside Manual, Streamside Manual, Downtown Colorado Springs Form-Based Code, Mixed Use Design Manual and Traditional Neighborhood Development Manual. The majority of the documents and publications are Adobe PDF files and require Adobe X or newer to view and download. The publications and manuals listed below are in alphabetical order. For additional information, contact the Land Use Review office at (719) 385-5905.

Academy Boulevard Corridor Great Streets: Information prepared by Comprehensive Planning regarding the Academy Boulevard corridor.

Academy Blvd Corridor Assessment: A report generated by Comprehensive Planning on the Academy Boulevard corridor. (7 mb)

Annexation Guide - A reference manual on how to annex properties to the City of Colorado Springs  (2.6 mb)

Banning Lewis Ranch Original Ordinances: A listing of the original 1987 ordinances which include the conditions of record and use restrictions. (1.67 mb)

Banning Lewis Ranch Study: Information on the Banning Lewis Ranch master-planned development community. If you need information on a particular master planned parcel regarding its land use designation, area, housing and employment projections, contact Land Use Review at (719) 385-5905. (6.13 mb)

Colorado Springs Open Space Plan - A reference manual on the existing open space within the City of Colorado Springs. (224 kb)

Downtown Colorado Springs Planning Projects - In January of 2016, Mayor John Suthers created the Urban Planning Division within the City’s Planning and Community Development Department.  The Urban Planning Division focuses on both long-range planning for Downtown as well as the review of site-specific development applications.  A primary task of the Urban Planning Staff is the implementation of the Downtown Form-Based Code, a unique style of zoning used in many urban areas.  Form-Based zoning utilizes physical standards to ensure that new development within the City’s core is appropriate to an urban context and creates an interesting and pedestrian-friendly environment.  While some uses are restricted within the Zone, the Code implements a philosophy that the internal uses of buildings is far less important than how the building itself relates to the public realm.  For more information on the City’s Form-Based Code contact the Urban Planning Manager, Ryan Tefertiller at 719-385-5382 or or use the links below.

FBC Booklet Fact Sheet: An informational pamphlet describing the history and philosophy of the form-based code as well as many of the expected benefits for Downtown Colorado Springs. (1.19 mb)

Form Based Code: The zoning standards, guidelines and procedures that take the place of the previously existing zoning regulations in Downtown Colorado Springs. (17.6 mb)

Form Based Code Map: A detailed, parcel-by-parcel map of the Downtown Form-Based Zone and individual sectors. (352.5 kb)

Downtown Master Plan

Beginning in 2015 the City of Colorado Springs, the Downtown Development Authority (DDA) and a diverse group of stakeholders worked together to update the 2009 Imagine Downtown Master Plan.  The new “Experience Downtown Plan,” which was adopted by City Council in November 2016,  utilizes significant public input, subject matter experts, and numerous recently adopted City-wide plans to create a market-based, tactical plan that will lead the desired renaissance Downtown.  The Plan contains two volumes: Volume I will serve as the DDA’s legal “plan of development” to guide the best use of their resources; Volume II will serve as the City’s traditional land use master plan.  

Experience Downtown Plan - Executive Summary

Experience Downtown Plan

Hillside Manual: A manual that references the standards and requirements for development in the Hillside Overlay indicated in Section 4, Part 5 of Article 3 of Chapter 7 of the City Code. (23 mb)

Landscape Design Manual: A manual that references the standards and requirements indicated in the Landscape Code in Part 3, Article 4 of Chapter 7 of the City Code. (42.4 mb)

Mixed Use Design Manual - A reference manual of mixed use development terminology and information that corresponds to standards and regulations discussed in the Zoning Code for Mixed Use zoned development. (6.7 mb)

Small Lot PUD Development Guidelines: Guidelines for development of a small lot Planned Unit Development project. (4.02 mb)

South Circle Drive Corridor Analysis: A five year analysis of South Circle Drive completed by Comprehensive Planning.

Streamside Manual: A manual that references the standards and requirements for development in the Streamside Overlay indicated in Section 8, Part 5, Article 3 of Chapter 7 of the City Code (5.68 mb)

Traditional Neighborhood Development Design Manual - A reference manual of traditional neighborhood development terminology and information that corresponds to standards and regulations discussed in the Zoning Code for Traditional Neighborhood zoned development.

Vacant Commercial, Office, Industrial Land Analysis(1.5 mb)