COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – For the first time since 2001, the City of Colorado Springs, together with City Council, has created a comprehensive plan for the city’s future. The draft of PlanCOS, comprised of contributions from thousands of residents, is now available online for further public review and input through Aug. 6. Also, a series of seven open houses, hosted by city councilors, will be held in July for the public to view and comment on the draft.
Residents can provide input directly to the online draft, which is translatable into 104 languages, by clicking on the comment buttons placed throughout the webpage. The tool is easy to use and allows the community to provide targeted feedback on specific sections of interest.
The draft is organized into eight chapters that highlight six vision themes: vibrant neighborhoods, unique places, thriving economy, strong connections, renowned culture and majestic landscapes. Very few comprehensive plans are structured this way.
“I am very proud of the efforts of everyone who has contributed to PlanCOS, particularly the efforts of city council who not only endorsed its creation, but served as engaging and active leaders on the steering committee,” said Mayor John Suthers. “When we launched this campaign in 2016, we were hoping to receive broad representation from the community, and that’s exactly what happened. This is a guiding and visionary document that will help lead Colorado Springs into a positive, healthy and viable future for generations to come.”
PlanCOS was guided by an 18-member steering committee comprised of city councilors Merv Bennett and Jill Gaebler as well as broad representation from the community. In addition, a primary pillar of the process has been equitable citizen engagement, soliciting input from diverse age groups, ethnic populations, interest groups and residents from all the city’s quadrants. To accomplish this, multiple high-and low-tech opportunities for data collection were utilized. In addition, more than 55 plan co-creators participated as informed ambassadors throughout the process.
The PlanCOS draft includes feedback from two public surveys, which received more than 5,800 unique responses combined. The city’s Facebook Live streaming of COSTALKS and Envision COS reached thousands of people, and more than 220 meetings and events were held with various stakeholders, commissions and boards to collect input.
“To stay true to the intent of PlanCOS, we highly encourage all residents to read the draft plan and share your thoughts,” said Bennett who will co-host one of the seven open houses to inform the public and collect input on PlanCOS. “This is the perfect time to join the conversation and truly help shape the future of our city.”
The open houses will take place from 6-8 p.m. and are scheduled as follows (any changes to the schedule will be made available on coloradosprings.gov/plancos):
- July 11: National Cyber Security Center, 3650 N. Nevada Ave. (District 1: Don Knight)
- July 12: City Auditorium, 221 E. Kiowa St. (At-Large: Merv Bennett, Bill Murray and Tom Strand)
- July 17: Colorado Springs Police Department Falcon Division, 7850 Goddard St. (District 2: David Geislinger)
- July 18: Westside Community Center, 1628 W. Bijou St. (District 3: Richard Skorman)
- July 19: Deerfield Hills Community Center, 4290 Deerfield Hills Rd. (District 4: Yolanda Avila)
- July 25: Patty Jewett, 900 E. Espanola St. (District 5: Jill Gaebler)
- July 30: Colorado Springs Police Department Stetson Hills Division, 4110 Tutt Blvd. (District 6: Andy Pico)
For more information on PlanCOS, visit coloradosprings.gov/plancos.