A new chapter of the city's comprehensive plan that addresses infill development is ready for public comment, according to a news release.
This plan undoubtedly will bring more projects like the the multi-story student housing apartment buildings to be built in the Cragmoor neighborhood
just south of the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs.
Not a single neighbor spoke in favor of the development, which will raze Bates Elementary to make way for the 621-bedroom complex that will rise to 60 feet, according to the Gazette
's report in September about City Council's 5-4 vote allowing the project to move forward.
The newspaper quoted neighbor Helen Panczykowski as saying, "A five-story apartment building in our little old neighborhood is a nightmare. It's going to be devastating. It's going to destroy our way of life."
Nevertheless, Councilor Jill Gaebler, who chairs the City Infill Steering Committee
, called the project "a classic infill project" and supported it.
Here's the news release about the new infill rules, which could help to bring a giant, densely populated housing project to your neighborhood.
The public is invited to review and comment on a proposed new chapter of the City Comprehensive Plan that provides direction, priority and emphasis for infill and redevelopment throughout the mature areas of Colorado Springs. The City Infill Steering Committee has been actively working to develop this new Comprehensive Plan chapter, and is recommending a separate more detailed and updateable Infill Action Plan that includes several dozen strategies for City action (some of which are already are being implemented). During its more than 15 months of work the Committee, chaired by Councilwoman Jill Gaebler and co-chair Councilman Andy Pico, heard from a wide variety of other infill experts and stakeholders. The Committee also includes representatives from the Planning Commission, neighborhoods, infill developers and other community interests.
“On behalf of the Steering Committee, I am excited about both the culmination of this planning effort and the prospect of even greater focus on infill and revitalization, which are essential to fiscal integrity of the City and quality of life of all of our residents”, notes Councilwoman Gaebler, “I’m looking forward to using these documents as guides to support both public and private reinvestment in our community.”
“The City has already made progress on several of the recommendations included in the Action Plan and we are poised to move forward with others. As part of the review and adoption process for these documents we welcome public input including suggestions for making them better,” Planning and Community Development Director Peter Wysocki said.
Drafts of both the Infill Chapter and the Action Plan are available for review here or by visiting ColoradoSprings.gov and typing in the word “Infill” in the search function. A formal recommendation on these documents is anticipated to be made by the Planning Commission at its January 21, 2016 meeting, followed by action by City Council in February to recommend adoption of the chapter. A complete list of upcoming meetings is available on the City’s website.
City Council is expected to take action on the plan in February with final approval slated for March.
Here's the plan.