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Miscellaneous Site Development Standards and Information

 

The following information is for reference and informational purposes. For the most up-to-date information, contact the Land Use Review office at 385-5905.

 

Miscellaneous Site Development Standards and Information

Prior to constructing anything at a property, you should contact the Utility Locators at 1 (800) 922-1987 to determine where existing utilities may be located. To determine if there are existing utility easements at a site, contact Colorado Springs Utilities at 448-4800.

 

Accessory Structures:

An accessory structure is a detached structure located on the same lot as the principal building and is incidental and devoted exclusively to an accessory use. Accessory structures of 120 square feet or less and eight feet (8') or less in height may be located anywhere within the rear yard area but cannot be located within existing utility easements. An accessory structure greater than 120 square feet or taller than eight feet (8') in height must maintain setbacks and obtain a building permit prior to placement and/or construction. Setbacks, in this case, for the A, R, R-1-9000 zones are 10'; the R-1-6000, R-2, R-4 and R-5 zones are 5'. PUD setbacks will vary depending on the development; contact Land Use Review at 385-5905 for additional information.

 

Fences:

Fences that are six feet (6') in height or less are not considered structures and therefore are not subject to setback requirements.  Fences over six feet (6') in height require a building permit and are considered accessory structures and are subject to the setback requirements for the zone district in which the property is located. Fences constructed at an intersection are subject to corner visibility requirements; check with the Land Use Review office for additional information.

 

Signs:

Signs are allowed in all zone districts however, the size and type are strictly regulated. All signs must be secured to the ground or a building. A-Frame, portable or movable signs, inflatable or blimps used as signs, parked vehicles with signs and flashing or animated signs are prohibited. All signs, except for specified temporary signs, require a sign plan be approved by the Development Review Enterprise. Contact Kurt Schmitt at the Development Review Enterprise for additional information at 385-5072.

 

Recreational Vehicles:

Travel trailers or recreational vehicles may be parked in residential zones off of the street in the side or rear yards, but the vehicles may not be occupied at any time. If it is impossible to park in the side or rear yard, the vehicle may be parked in the front yard on a paved or gravel surface at least ten feet (10') from the back of the sidewalk. For additional information, contact Colorado Springs Police Department-Code Enforcement at 444-7891.

 

Building Setbacks:

This is the minimum distance that a structure, landscaping, parking, or other designated item must be from the property line to the front, rear and side of a particular property. The distances vary for different zones. All buildings, decks/porches and accessory structures must comply with the required setbacks unless otherwise indicated.

 

·         Front Yard Setback: The area from side property line to side property line starting at the front property line and ending at the minimum front yard setback point as prescribed by the zone district or development plan.

·         Rear Yard Setback: The area from side property line to side property line starting at the rear property line and ending at the minimum rear yard setback point as prescribed by the zone district or development plan.

·         Side Yard Setback: The area located between the minimum front yard setback and the minimum rear yard setback that runs parallel to the side property lines. The width of the side yard setback shall be measured from the side property line to a point prescribed by the zone district or development plan.

 

Lot Coverage:

Lot coverage is defined as the percentage of the lot that is covered by all of the footprints of the buildings and/or structures on the lot including buildings, detached garages, carports, sheds, gazebos, covered patios and decks, etc.

 

Lighting:

All exterior lighting for multi-family, office, commercial, industrial, institutional and public facility development should be reflected away from any adjoining properties and rights-of-way as well as shielded to contain all light on site. Contact Land Use Review at 385-5905 for additional information or to file a complaint.

 

Building encroachments into setbacks:

Some architectural features are allowed to project into the building setbacks however there are restrictions on what can encroach as well as the amount of the projection. Some of the building features that can encroach include: cornices, eaves, canopies, chimneys, fire escapes, access ramps and uncovered decks. Bay windows, covered porches, decks or balconies cannot encroach and approval of a development application would be required to do so.

 

Corner Visibility:

No fence, building, landscaping, sign or any other obstruction between the height of three feet (3') and ten feet (10') above street level is permitted within the corner visibility triangle. The visibility triangle may vary depending on the type of street and speed limit thereto consequently, contact Engineering at 385-5908 for additional information.

 

 

CMRS (Commercial Mobile Radio Systems):

Cell phone transmission systems may be allowed in various zone districts within the City. The use of wall or roof mounted facilities are encouraged so as to blend in with the architecture of the host buildings as well as with stealth facilities that have their antennas and equipment concealed or camouflaged. Contact the Development Review Enterprise for additional information at (719) 385-5982.

 

 

Accessory Dwelling Units:

Accessory dwelling units may be allowed in some zone districts as long as the dwelling is subordinate to the principal residence and the accessory dwelling is under the same ownership as the principal residence. Contact Land Use Review for additional information and regulations.

 

 

Definition of a Family:

A family is defined under the Zoning Code as an individual, two or more persons related by blood, marriage, adoption or similar legal relationship or a group of not more than five (5) persons who are not related not counting domestic staff employed for services on the premises. These individuals would be living together as a single housekeeping unit in one dwelling unit. The family definition applies regardless of whether any member of the group receives outside services for mental, emotional or physical disabilities.

 

Definition of Junk:

Any manufactured goods, appliances, fixtures, furniture, machinery, vehicles, personal property or any other thing or part thereof, whether of value or valueless, that is demolished, discarded, dismantled, partially dismantled, dilapidated, or so worn and deteriorated that it would not be normally usable in its current state for its original manufactured use. This may include, but is not limited to, wood, used lumber, paper, glass, bottles, rags, rubber, scrap metal, tin cans, scrap material, waste, concrete, rubble, boxes, crates, building materials or machinery parts.

 

Carports and Detached Garages:

Carports and garages are allowed in any zone district as an accessory use but must be in connection with a principal use already existent on the property. The regulations are as follows:

1.       For single family residences; a maximum of 1,200 square feet per unit with garage doors for no more than four vehicles;

2.       For multi-family projects, a maximum of 600 square feet per unit with garage doors for no more than two vehicles;

3.       The maximum amount of storage space within a garage cannot exceed 450 square feet;

4.       The footprint of a garage cannot exceed the footprint of the principal structure;

5.       Detached garages with a roof pitch of less than six to twelve (6:12) have a height limitation of 16' while detached garages with a roof pitch of greater than six to twelve (6:12) have a height limitation of 20'. The height of building is measured from an average elevation of the finished grade to the highest point on the roof surface.

 

For questions or additional information, contact the Land Use Review office.