Comprehensive Plan Update


The City of Idaho Springs is beginning to update our Comprehensive Plan.

Latest News and Updates

The Draft Historic Resources and Open Space, Trails, and Recreation Elements have been posted for public review! Please provide comments by September 22, 2017. 

These are the last two elements of the Comp Plan. These elements will be presented to the Planning Commission on Wednesday, October 4 at 6:30PM. A public open house to present the entire completed Comprehensive Plan to the public has been scheduled for Tuesday, October 17 2017, from 5:30PM to 7:00PM at City Hall. The completed Comprehensive Plan will be presented to the Planning Commission on Wednesday November 1 at 6:30PM and the City Council on November 13 at 7:00PM.

Comp Plan Kickoff Presentation


Comprehensive Plan Documents


View PDF     Draft Open Space, Trails, and Recreation Element

View PDF     Draft Historic Resources Element

View PDF     Draft Housing Element

View PDF     Potential Multifamily Locations Map

View PDF     REVISED Environment Element

View PDF     Potential Hazards Map

View PDF     Wildlife Maps

View PDF     Revised Land Use Element (as approved by the Planning Commission)

View PDF     Revised Central Idaho Springs Land Use Map

View PDF     Revised Idaho Springs Hidden Valley Map

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 Public Services & Facilities Revised per April 5, 2017 Planning Commission comments

View PDF     Public Water and Infrastructure Map

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. 

View PDF     Existing Comprehensive Plan


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