Comprehensive Plan Update


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.

Comp Plan Kickoff Presentation


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