Comprehensive Plan Update
ENVISION IDAHO SPRINGS 2017
The City of Idaho Springs is beginning to update our Comprehensive Plan.
Latest News and Updates
The Planning Commission approved the draft Transportation Element at their May 3, 2017 meeting with minor revisions. The revised elements are posted below.
Thank you to everyone who showed up at the Comp Plan Kickoff meeting on Tuesday March 7th.
For those of you who were unable to attend, view the presentation below.
Comprehensive Plan Documents
View PDF Draft Transportation Element Revised Per May 3, 2017 Planning Commission comments
View PDF Draft Economic Development Element Revised per April 5, 2017 Planning Commission comments
View PDF Draft Environment Element Revised per April 5, 2017 Planning Commission comments
View PDF Draft Public Services & Facilities Revised per April 5, 2017 Planning Commission comments
View PDF Public Water and Infrastructure Map
View PDF Wildlife Maps
View PDF Sourcewater Protection Area Map
View PDF February 1st, 2017 staff report to the Planning Commission describing the Comp Plan revision process.
View PDF First Half of the Draft Comprehensive Plan addressing history, background information and demographics. (Please provide any review and comment by March 21st, 2017)
View PDF Existing Comprehensive Plan
This first section of the Comprehensive Plan will be brought to the Planning Commission for their review and discussion on March 1, 2017 at 6:30PM.
What is a Comprehensive Plan?
The Comprehensive Plan is a long-range plan that looks into the future. It articulates a vision for the future of the City of Idaho Springs and provides the goals and actions to achieve that vision. It is a document that provides guidance to City Council, Planning Commission, City staff, residents, businesses, and developers to make informed decisions about the current and future needs of the community.
Why are we updating this Plan?
The Idaho Springs Comprehensive Plan was adopted July of 2008 and is nearly 9 years old. Generally, plans like these are reviewed on an annual basis and updated every 5 years. Much has occurred within Idaho Springs and the greater Denver Metropolitan Area since the adoption of the existing Plan. This includes the Great Recession, the devolution and ongoing construction of Colorado Blvd, designs of the Clear Creek Greenway and expansion of Courtney-Cooper-Riley Park, potential development of the Argo Mine and Mill, improvements along I-70, expansion of the twin tunnels, abandonment of the Clear Creek middle and high school building, legalization of marijuana, pending closure of the Henderson Mine, explosive increase in Front Range population and growing affordable housing crisis.
Some of the issues that may be addressed by the Comprehensive Plan include:
- What is unique about Idaho Springs?
- Where should density occur in Idaho Springs?
- Should all the manufactured home parks be allowed to continue, and/or replaced?
- Which areas of the City should be preserved? Which should be redeveloped? What should they look like?
- If redevelopment occurs within the established residential neighborhoods, what densities and housing types should be allowed?
- Incorporation of previous studies into the Comprehensive Plan.
- Are public facilities adequate? Where should future facilities be located?
- Where should future trail connections and parks be located?
- Are there areas where heights in excess of 35’ should be allowed?
- How is Idaho Springs deficient in regard to aging in place and senior services?
- Which transportation improvements are still needed? How should they look?
Please direct any questions to:
Alan Tiefenbach Community Development Planner City of Idaho Springs 303-567-4421 ext 118 firstname.lastname@example.org