Friday, August 29, 2014

Panel on infill development to be appointed

Posted By on Fri, Aug 29, 2014 at 4:56 PM

click to enlarge Urban sprawl like this is what Mayor Bach is trying to avoid. - MYBIGGESTFAN
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  • Urban sprawl like this is what Mayor Bach is trying to avoid.

Mayor Steve Bach
has long held that the city should encourage development on vacant land throughout the city before spreading its wings on the fringes. It makes sense, he says, because it's easier and less costly to deliver services to concentrated areas than sprawling subdivisions.

Now, his administration is creating a new committee to advance infill development and is looking for volunteers to serve. Here's the information to help you apply:

City of Colorado Springs Planning and Community Development is seeking applications for five (5) community volunteer positions on a new Comprehensive Plan Infill and Redevelopment Steering Committee.

Mayor Steve Bach and City Council have identified infill and redevelopment as a priority in their strategic plans. These issues and trends affect a broad spectrum of neighborhoods and businesses in more mature areas of the community. An informed, proactive and strategic approach to this topic is important in maintaining the ongoing fiscal sustainability and livability of the entire City.

Volunteer committee members will assist designated City Council and Planning Commission members in providing guidance and community representation with the goal of adopting and then implementing a new chapter of the City Comprehensive Plan specific to this topic.
Expectations include the ability to effectively represent your unique perspectives, knowledge and experience, as well as the needs and interests of the larger community. Effective participation will involve meeting on an approximate monthly basis along with review of documents, outreach, representation, and outcome-focused direction throughout an anticipated yearlong process.

Any City resident or property owner is welcome to apply. The City is particularly interested in effective representation from residents or business owners familiar with, or interested in, infill and redevelopment of mature neighborhoods of the City.

Interested individuals should provide a letter of interest and any other brief supporting materials. These should include your contact information, address, place of employment (if applicable), groups or organizations you are affiliated with and/or would represent, relevant experience, any major constraints on your availability, and primary reasons for desiring appointment to this Steering Committee. Selections will be made by the members of City Council and Planning Commission chosen to be part of this Committee.
Applications must be received on or before September 12, 2014. Please send to:
Peter Wysocki, Planning and Community Development Director, c/o Carl Schueler, Planning Manager, Comprehensive Planning

E-mail (preferred):

City of Colorado Springs Land Use Review Division
30 S. Nevada Avenue,
Suite 105, MC 155,
Colorado Springs, CO 80901-1575
Fax: (719) 385-5167
If you would like additional background and information on this initiative or the responsibilities of this position please contact Carl Schueler by phone at (719) 385-5391, or e-mail to the address above.

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