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

Mini Questionnaires

During the first phase of community outreach, we heard that neighborhood preservation and neighborhood character were very important to residents. The Code currently does not provide design standards for commercial buildings to regulate aesthetic character like roofs, entrances, and building materials. Many stakeholders have expressed a desire to develop specific, but flexible, design guidelines for Western Manitou Avenue, Eastern Manitou Avenue outside of the Urban Renewal Area, the Becker's Lane and El Paso area, and the Urban Renewal Area, as shown generally on the map below.

While all of these areas are under the same underlying zoning currently, the purpose of this series of mini questionnaires is to determine if the guidelines should be the same for each area, or if the character in each area is different enough to warrant different guidelines in each area. There are four individual questionnaires, each focused on one for the key areas (Becker’s Lane/El Paso, East Manitou Ave, West Manitou Ave, and the Urban Renewal Authority). You my provide input on one, multiple, or all areas.

Questionnaire 1: El Paso and Beckers Lane Design Guidelines

Questionnaire 2:  West Manitou Avenue Design Guidelines

Questionnaire 3:  URA Design Guidelines

Questionnaire 4:  Downtown Design Guidelines

Assessment Report

We have completed the Zoning and Subdivision Codes Assessment Report! This assessment report considers all public feedback, including comments from the April 27th City Council and Planning Commission joint work session, as well as the professional opinion of the consultant teams and serves as an updateable, living document that outlines a general roadmap for the Code update process. Each of the themes and associated recommendations discussed in this document will take time to develop and many may require additional public outreach and continued discussion with staff and elected officials. The recommendations contained in this report are contingent upon many factors, and are not considered final or guaranteed, as other things may arise during the update process that may alter these recommendations.

Additional Stakeholder Times

The City of Manitou Springs wants your feedback on the current Zoning and Subdivision Codes! If you would like to schedule a stakeholder interview, please contact planning@manitouspringsco.gov

The Planning Director will contact you and schedule a time that is most convenient for you. 

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!