Manitou Springs Code Update

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The City of Manitou Springs has begun the process of updating the Zoning and Subdivision Codes (Code), which are the primary regulatory document the City uses to ensure quality development. The Code includes regulations and design standards that address zoning, land uses, building setbacks, building height, parking, landscaping, neighborhood character, and procedures.

Link to Manitou Springs Municipal Code

Questionnaire #1

Join the discussion! The City has launched a questionnaire (see link below) in order to garner feedback on the “big picture” strengths and weaknesses of the Code as well as some general questions about new development, land uses, and public notice requirements. We look forward to hearing from you. The questionnaire will remain open through mid-April.

Link to questionnaire

Additional Stakeholder Times

The City of Manitou Springs wants your feedback on the current Zoning and Subdivision Codes! We have opened additional stakeholder times for April 13th. If you would like to participate, and have not participated in a stakeholder interview yet, please use the link below to select a time. If you have already participated in an interview, please encourage your friends/family/neighbors to sign up!

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Project Description

Knowing that Manitou Springs is mostly built out, and the majority of undeveloped land available is in flood plain or on steep slopes, future development is likely to be comprised of primarily infill, redevelopment, or specific constrained development. Updates were made to both the Zoning and Subdivision Titles in 2019 to reflect the DOLA Planning for Hazards pilot project. However, the Subdivision Title has not been substantially updated since the 1970s and needs a complete overhaul to better reflect current development trends and needs of the City.   Given that Manitou is a tourist hot spot as well as a treasured space to live and work, a modern and tailored code designed specifically for Manitou is necessary to protect its unique community character and landscape.

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Public Open Houses

  1. Christine Ames-Lowenberg

    Planning Director

The first open house for this process was a virtual public open house, held February 25th from 3:00 PM – 6:00 PM via digital platform. This open house was an informal educational and feedback session that included a brief presentation at the top of every hour, a fun exercise and the opportunity for questions and general comments on the topic of what’s working and what’s not with the existing Code. Interested community members were welcome to join at any time during the open house window to ask questions and learn more about the project!