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group photo of the UCCS classUCCS Professional and Technical Writing Class (PTW) students presented this week on how to help make the PlanCOS website more accessible.  Prior work from the students on PlanCOS draft chapters is under consideration as the team works on the plan drafts.  Student contributions will help make PlanCOS written content more accessible to help reach as many people as possible.

More New Stuff

  • Check out some of the feedback we received at the EnvisionCOS and Heading Southeast events in July!
  • Survey Two results are here!
  • Sign up for email updates so you don't miss a thing!
  • Learn more about PlanCOS and get more involved in planning the future of Colorado Springs by following PlanCOS on Facebook!
  • Take a look at our PlanCOS story map! It highlights who and where we have met. The map lists the locations of meetings/ events and where we should go next.  The PlanCOS Team is committed to being on the ground collecting your feedback on our vision for the future of our City for the next 20 years. With 100 plus community meetings and events that have occurred already, the PlanCOS Team continues to engage and informs the greater Colorado Springs community about PlanCOS and the Comprehensive Planning process. 

Surveys and Discussion

We're still looking for your input. Please take a moment to check out our brand new discussion board. You'll find land use ideas that the PlanCOS team would like your input on.  These topics also contain a brief overview, local and outside examples, websites for more information, and video highlights.  Over time, we’ll add more topics. 

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Current Comprehensive Plan

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Vision Statements

Vision for 2036: what do we want Colorado Springs to be like?

Colorado Springs 2036 is a city that reflects its majestic landscapes and champions its ideals through renowned culture, vibrant neighborhoods, strong connections, unique urban places, and a thriving economy. Survey 2 asks for your feed back about the following themes.

Breaking it down even more: the themes

  1. Majestic Landscapes: Celebrates its location at the base of America’s Mountain and as a gateway to the Rockies, preserves its magnificent views and iconic sites, and creates engaging natural areas.
  2. Renowned Culture: Promotes the arts, culture, and education as essential parts of life. Embraces our identity and assets as Olympic City USA. This builds on the efforts of General Palmer and many others that envisioned culture as the cornerstone of the community and where creative energy generates new possibilities, interpersonal connections and unprecedented philanthropy.
  3. Vibrant Neighborhoods:  Forms diverse and safe neighborhoods with quality gathering areas, a variety of employment, a mix of housing types and transportation choices, and a shared sense of citywide pride.
  4. Strong Connections: Adapts to how we move by transforming our corridors to support our future generations’ health and mobility needs, enhancing economic vibrancy, upgrading infrastructure, and improving regional connectivity.
  5. Unique Urban Places: Centers on a vibrant Downtown and is strengthened by reinvesting in walkable, healthy, and interesting urban spaces that are located in new and reinvented areas within our defined City boundary.
  6. Thriving Economy: Fosters an environment of inclusivity and economic diversity by attracting an innovative and adaptive workforce, investing in quality of life, supporting its military and sports ecosystem as associated with Olympic City USA, and fostering existing and targeted employment sectors.

 

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Photo: people gathered around the PlanCOS booth and putting pins in a map to identify their neighborhood.The PlanCOS Team imagined and created with thousands of participants at the 2017 What IF Festival in downtown Colorado Springs.  Two giant maps with Colorado Springs neighborhoods and a spinning wheel drew more than 320 families and more than 700 folks in to put a pin where they live on the map.  Closeup view of PlanCOS map with pins designating people's neighborhoodParticipants followed familiar roads, parks and school points to get to know their neighborhood.  The exercise shows where participants are coming from; what neighborhood they live in; what their favorite thing is about their neighborhood and what could be improved within their neighborhood.  PlanCOS will be a long range vision plan for the physical development of Colorado Springs!

 

photo of board members sitting around a tablePlanCOS updates the Colorado Springs Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development Corporation Board of Directors on March 23rd about the plan’s progress.

 

photo of posters displaying priorities for the Regional Transportation PlanColorado Springs is part of a dynamic region with interconnected and interdependent relationships. That's why #PlanCOS is helping the Pikes Peak Area Council of Governments develop goals for their Regional Transportation Plan. Some key priorities echoed a lot of what we’re hearing in the PlanCOS surveys. Things like making the plan simple to understand, looking at infill and redevelopment solutions, and exploring more transit viability options.photo of a group exercise Colorado Springs is part of a dynamic region with interconnected and interdependent relationships. That's why #PlanCOS is helping the Pikes Peak Area Council of Governments develop goals for their Regional Transportation Plan. Some key priorities echoed a lot of what we’re hearing in the PlanCOS surveys. Things like making the plan simple to understand, looking at infill and redevelopment solutions, and exploring more transit viability options.

 

image of co-creators sitting in groups at tables during a group exercise PlanCOS co-creators met on 3/8/17 to do test a new Citizen Engagement Kit. Each group of co-creators discussed opportunities and challenges facing Colorado Springs using the Plan's vision themes, 

The Citizen Engagement Kit is a tool that allows a citizen to hold a focus group to ask what challenges and opportunities exist in regards to fulfilling the vision themes of the comprehensive plan.  It will allow for a 45 minute discussion with a group of stakeholders.  After the discussion, results of the top three (3) challenges and opportunities identified by the group will be forwarded to the PlanCOS team for input into the plans’ creation.  Specifically, discussions can help identify possible areas for goal, objective, strategy, and policy development to help fulfill and materialize the City’s vision for 2036.

Carl Schueler giving a Plan COS update before City Council Feb 2017Peter Wysocki, Planning Director, and Carl Schueler, Comprehensive Planning Manager (above), gave a PlanCOS update to City Council at yesterday's work session (Feb 27, 2017). One key element brought up by councilors was citizen participation. Have you gotten involved in PlanCOS? Take the survey and let us hear your voice? Peter Wysocki, Planning Director give a Plan COS update before City Council in Feb 2017Peter Wysocki, Planning Director (above), and Carl Schueler, Comprehensive Planning Manager, gave a PlanCOS update to City Council at yesterday's work session (Feb 27, 2017). One key element brought up by councilors was citizen participation. Have you gotten involved in PlanCOS? Take the survey and let us hear your voice? 

PlanCOS technical support team meeting Feb 2017PlanCOS technical support team meeting Feb 2017

group photo during meetingMeeting with the Colorado Springs Leadership Institute to discuss vision themes of the new comprehensive plan.  A lot of real good questions were posed, but an overarching concern of the discussion was stepping up to the challenge of getting community input and involvement in PlanCOS.  How are you getting involved in PlanCOS and spreading the word?  Your voice matters, take the PlanCOS survey!Meeting with some of our amazing co-creators! These folks have committed to help us throughout the two year #PlanCOS process. Co-creators can represent their neighborhood, organization or other constituencies. You can find out more about them at https://cMeeting with some of our amazing co-creators! These folks have committed to help us throughout the two year #PlanCOS process. Co-creators can represent their neighborhood, organization or other constituencies. You can find out more about them at here

    Meeting with folks at Council of Neighbors and Organizations. Jan 2017 Meeting with folks at Council of Neighbors and Organizations. Jan 2017 
     

    These citizens are getting involved in shaping the future of Colorado Springs. You can too! Find out how at https://coloradosprings.gov/plancosThese citizens are getting involved in shaping the future of Colorado Springs. You can too! What is PlanCOS?

    What is PlanCOS?

    For the first time in 15 years, the City of Colorado Springs, together with City Council, is creating a comprehensive plan for the city’s future, and they want an abundance of citizen input. The “PlanCOS” campaign is a two-year process that asks citizens, “What do you want Colorado Springs to be in 10 years?” From new shopping areas, community centers, housing choices, employment, educational opportunities, trails, recreation facilities, and redevelopment, to a re-invented Downtown - #PlanCOS will set the stage for the city’s future.

    The City wants your input! Public input is essential to the planning process. Stay involved as the City asks the community to help identify opportunities, challenges, and visions for the future of Colorado Springs!

    Contact 

     

    General Email Enquiries: PlanCOS@springsgov.com

    Phone: 719-385-PLAN (7526)

    Carl Schueler, Comprehensive Planning Manager: cschueler@springsgov.com

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