The City of Manitou Springs conducted a Natural Hazard Risk Assessment and determined that flooding, geologic hazards, and wildfire are the natural hazards that pose the greatest risk to the City. These hazards can negatively affect people, property, infrastructure, and the City’s economy. The City developed a Hazard Mitigation Strategy to reduce and mitigate its risk.
The City employs a range of approaches to reduce natural hazard risk. The City’s development code includes some requirements to mitigate risk from flooding and geologic hazards. The City is undertaking the Planning for Hazards (add link) project to strengthen our development code to reduce the natural hazard risk posed by development.
The Pikes Peak Regional Building Department (PPRBD) oversees Manitou Springs’ floodplain management program. PPRBD reviews development for compliance with federal and local floodplain regulations. You can learn about the floodplain permitting process and review floodplain maps on the organization's website (click on “Floodplain” in the top row of buttons). All proposed alterations or construction on properties located in floodplain areas must be reviewed by the Regional Floodplain Management Office, and most projects will require a Floodplain Development permit.
The City’s floodplain requirements are located in the Regional Building Code Section RBC303.
The City currently requires a geologic hazard report and mitigation for Major Development Plans and Major Subdivision Plans.
All residents and property owners in the City are subject to wildfire risk and can take simple steps to reduce their risk. The City prepared guidance to assist homeowners to reduce their wildfire risk: (add link)