Plan Manitou

Welcome to Plan Manitou

plan manitou 2024 logoAn integrated comprehensive plan and hazard mitigation plan. This roadmap will guide future growth, support economic, environmental and social sustainability, and assure that the City remains resilient in the face of future challenges.

Plan Manitou is based on the principles of Resilience and Sustainability, which will be woven throughout the Plan.

  • Resilience is “the ability to prepare and plan for, absorb, recover from, and more successfully adapt to adverse events” (National Academy of Sciences).
  • Sustainability is “meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.” (UN World Commission on Environment and Development, 1987).

Resiliency and sustainability actions are woven throughout the Implementation Plan.

View Plan Manitou (PDF)

Apply to Be in a Focus Group

The City of Manitou Springs is looking for applicants to participate in focus groups to update Plan Manitou. While substantial progress has been made since its adoption in 2017, it’s time to check-in with the community and identify a more strategic approach to implementation.

Use this link to submit your application. 

Applications are due by the end of the day Sunday, March 10th. The first focus group meeting will be on Monday, April 8th. If selected, you must be available on that date during the day. Other dates and times to be determined. Paper copies of the application will also be available from the City Planning office at City Hall, 606 Manitou Avenue. There will be multiple opportunities for community input elsewhere in the process for those unable to participate in these focus groups.

Plan Manitou includes an Action Plan to guide plan implementation. The Action Plan is comprised of priority actions across all planning elements that should to be started within three years following plan adoption. The Action Plan is organized around six focus areas. Each focus area includes objectives and metrics that will be used to evaluate if plan policies are achieving the desired effect.

The plan also includes a list of long-term actions. Long-term actions are not priorities, but may be implemented as opportunities arise or short-term actions are completed.

Manitou Springs’ Comprehensive Planning History

Plan Manitou was preceded by other comprehensive plans, including:

Manitou Springs Forward: A Vision and Planning Guide (2012)

Manitou Springs Rainbow Vision Plan (2000)

Manitou Springs Comprehensive Plan (1988)

Manitou Springs’ Comprehensive Plan (1974)