Downtown Form Based Code
Downtown Colorado Springs Planning Projects
In 2005 City residents, downtown property owners, elected officials, developers, local leaders, and City Staff began working together to create a vision for the future of downtown Colorado Springs. After nearly 18 months of effort, with nearly 400 participants, the Imagine Downtown Plan was finalized and adopted by the Downtown Development Authority as their 'plan of development.' From 2007 through 2009 downtown stakeholders worked with City Staff to modify the Imagine Downtown Plan to include the necessary components to qualify as an official Master Plan and replace the 15-year-old Downtown Action Plan. In 2009 the Imagine Downtown Master Plan was adopted by City Council.
Concurrent to these efforts City Staff and the stakeholders drafted a series of new development standards that will implement many of the policies and objectives of the new Master Plan. These new standards, referred to as a 'form-based code’ were created to apply specifically to our urban core with the goal of creating a more vibrant and dense Downtown with an improved pedestrian experience and a greater mix of uses. The Downtown Colorado Springs Form-Based Zone was adopted in the summer of 2009 by City Council. The zone’s “regulating plan” (see below) includes all the standards, guidelines and procedures applicable to land use and development in Downtown Colorado Springs.
After 2+ years of implementation, City Staff recommended a number of minor updates to the Form-Based Code. These changes were adopted by the Downtown Review Board, the City’s Planning Commission and ultimately City Council in April of 2012.
Use the links below to review the Imagine Downtown Master Plan and the Downtown Colorado Springs Form-Based Code. If you have specific questions, contact Ryan Tefertiller, Senior Planner at 385-5382 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
An informational pamphlet describing the history and philosophy of form-based code as well as many of the expected benefits for Downtown Colorado Springs.
The zoning standards, guidelines and procedures that take the place of the previously existing zoning regulations in Downtown Colorado Springs.
A detailed, parcel-by-parcel map of the proposed Form-Based Zone and individual Sectors.
A plan adopted by City Council that replaces the 1992 Downtown Action Plan as the official master plan for Downtown Colorado Springs.