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Open house July 18 for draft of new city comprehensive plan - 'PlanCOS'

July 15, 2018
       A draft for Colorado Springs' next comprehensive plan will have its highlights on display at an open house at the Westside Community Center Wednesday, July 18.
       The drop-in event for what the city has dubbed “PlanCOS” will last from 6 to 8 p.m.
       The center is at 1628 W. Bijou St.
       The open house will be one of seven for the PlanCOS draft in July in different parts of the city. According to a recent published column by Mayor John Suthers
Preserving historic neighborhoods on the Westside is encouraged in the draft of the new Colorado Springs comprehensive plan, which has the working title of "PlanCOS." Above is the 1899 house at 2 S. Eighth St., which was renovated inside and out two years ago by redevelopment specialists Larry and Melody Masters, who live in the neighborhood.
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and Councilmember Merv Bennett, “we purposefully designed the open houses to take place in each of the six council districts, with the three at-large council members combining for one meeting.”
       The Westside Community Center is in District 3, and Councilmember Richard Skorman, who represents that district, is scheduled to be present.
       The final version, which council hopes to adopt this December, will replace the current comprehensive plan from 2001. The draft is broken out into eight chapters, including focuses on neighborhoods, the economy, transportation, culture and natural environment.
       According to the Suthers/Bennett column, the comp plan represents the “community's vision for its future” and is used “to guide important decision- making about future development.”
       The PlanCOS effort started in 2016 and has included efforts to involve the public through surveys and meetings.
       The draft, along with other background information, is posted online at coloradosprings.gov/plancos.
       The PlanCOS phone is 385-7526.

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